About the Book
The second season of racing at the Claremont Speedway kicked off on Saturday September 22, 1928 with a record 64 entries, but the stars of the opening season - Sig Schlam, Ron Johnson and Charlie Datson - were still racing in England.
The second Western Australian one-mile Championship was held on Saturday November 24 and won by the unheralded 17 year old Fred Kirkpatrick.
When Schlam returned home he again showed his superiority around the big Claremont oval by winning the Golden Helmet Scratch race on three successive occasions.
British lady rider Miss Fay Taylour attracted a huge crowd to the circuit and won two match races.
After her bike failed at her second appearance Mr Baker banned her from the next meeting and the pair engaged in an amazing battle of words in the local press.
The first two fatalities at the track occurred in December and March when two 18 year old riders - Bernard Perrie and Percy Mulligan - both fell at the same corner in the "A" Grade Handicap and were hit by following competitors.
Following a strike for more prizemoney by the "B" Grade riders the WA Motor Cycle Association took over the promotion of the track from WA Speedways Ltd.
On Monday April 1, 1929 the "Trackmaster" Sig Schlam won the Australasian Two-Mile Championship at the Showground venue.
I first attended the Claremont Speedway during the stock car days in the 1950s. In 1966 I answered an advertisement in a speedway newspaper to report on racing here in Western Australia. I have been doing that ever since. I have a very keen interest in the early days of speedway racing - and have spent many hours delving through the old newspapers of the day to try and bring this long forgotten speedway history to the general public.