Lease of Toowoomba Speedbowl Changes Hands

30/04/15…Pam Franz…courtesy of Totally Speedway

East Coast Pipeline owner Barry Waldron has today announced that he has purchased the Toowoomba Speedbowl in Queensland from its previous promoter Allan Woods.
30 4 15 Toowoomba Speedbowl TrackFollowing two successful seasons, which saw a number of massive upgrades – including the reconfiguration of the track, Woods said that Waldron, who was one of the track’s main sponsors under the Woods promotion, taking over the Toowoomba Speedbowl lease was a no brainer.
“You just have to look at what Barry (Waldron) has done with his team down at Valvoline Raceway, to know that him taking over the Toowoomba Speedbowl is a massive positive,” stated Woods.
“He has some massive plans for the Toowoomba Speedbowl, and it’s an exciting time, and this sport is lucky to have a man like him, who isn’t afraid to invest his time and money into a sport that he has a great passion for.”
Woods, who has just finished the second season of his three-year Downs Speedway Club lease that has an option of a further three years, felt that the time was right to step away.
“Barry’s offer to purchase the track came at the right time because I was struggling to juggle everything on top of other ongoing business commitments,” Woods explained.
“Our team put a lot of effort into the track and I look back at what we have achieved over the past two seasons with a lot of pride, but I strongly believe Barry (Waldron) and the team he brings in are going to take the Toowoomba Speedbowl to the next level.
In regards to Woods’ role with the Toowoomba Speedbowl under Waldron’s ownership, he will still play an active role.
“I will be helping Barry with the takeover of the track in a range of roles in the early stages,” explained Woods.
“Everything at the track, including all of the track’s maintenance equipment, has been sold on to Barry. He plans to bring in a general manager to run the track, but a lot of the previous race meeting staff will stay on at the track,”
In what is the second track Waldron, who also owns the East Coast Pipeline Racing 410 Sprintcar team that runs Robbie Farr as its pilot, has purchased in 12 months, following him taking over Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway (NSW) back in August of last year, Woods said that this is a major shot in the arm for the sport in Queensland.
“It’s an exciting time for speedway in Queensland, and I’m looking forward to seeing Barry’s plans come to fruition,” concluded Woods.
Stay tuned for further news regarding Waldron and the Toowoomba Speedbowl as it develops.

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