Baypark Family Speedway
|Where||81 Truman Road, Mount Maunganui
Bay of Plenty
|Map + Directions|
|Baypark Family Speedway|
|Phone||07 571 0630|
|Description||The speedway is an oval with the two end radius being 36 metres and 40 metres.
Surface: Terracotta Clay
Circuit Length: 451 Metres
Length of Straight: 108 Metres
Width of Main Straight: 18 Metres
Width of Corners: 20 Metres
Baypark Speedway History
In 1969 the Tauranga Stock and Saloon Car Club was established, with over sixty supporters attending the first AGM where facilities were decided upon and responsibilities allocated. A basic timber – walled oval Speedway track inside the pit area of the 1.8km Baypark Motor Racing Circuit was built.
For a decade, the club’s facilities were established and its race programme broadened. 1979 after months and months of work going into upgrading and redesigning the oval track, building up spectator banks complete with concrete barrier walls, the revamped facility re-opened as the Todd & Pollock Baypark. Classes such as saloon cars, stockcars, midgets, solo bikes, side cars and streetstocks with special attractions including Sprint Cars in the mid – 1980’s were catered for. The original Baypark track produced a number of National champions and was regarded in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s as the home of the strongest Super Saloon car racing in New Zealand.
By the mid 1990’s the rapid growth of Mt Maunganui over took the Baypark Motorsports Facility to make way for a new housing development. The venue was closed in April 1995 leaving the club without a suitable site which to establish another speedway. Club officials were determined to rebuild their facilities and they considered a number of venues from the Kaimais to the coast, and from Maketu to Te Puna. Finally, the Te Maunga site was settled upon, but the development could only proceed if the club could obtain the necessary resource consents.
In December 2000, some five years after the old track closed, a joint effort by the speedway club, the Tauranga City Council, and most crucially former race car driver turned property developer Bob Clarkson secured the necessary resource consents. Planning began immediately for a world class multi-purpose stadium with corporate boxes, a conference centre, full catering capacity and the ability to host sport and entertainment in a magnificent community facility for everyone.
The current Stadium is very much the vision and creation of Bob Clarkson and it opened with a 2 day labour weekend special meeting in October 2001 which saw more than 300 competitors from throughout New Zealand in action. Fittingly it was one of the stalwarts of the original track and current team owner / driver Maurice Cowling who won the first ever race at the new track.
In 2007 Bob Clarkson sold the Baypark venue to Tauranga City Venues Limited (TCVL) who in turn entered into a contract with a private organisation for the promotion of Speedway activities. In April 2011 the promoter sold his Speedway interests to TCVL who now manage the entire operation of Baypark Stadium along with the New Tect Arena community sports centre which opened on the Te Maunga site in August 2011.
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