Inside the museum at Ipswich.
Inside the museum at Ipswich.

Ipswich motorsport museum expanding to include speedway

QUEENSLAND speedway fans will soon see their long-awaited dreams of their own museum come true.

Motorsport enthusiast Ian Bone has ambitious plans to extend his Ipswich City Square-based Queensland Motorsport Museum and Information Centre to include all divisions of speedway.

He is on track for all sections to open by the end of this month.

There is capacity to display over 70 vehicles and large volumes of memorabilia across all areas of motorsport.

Mr Bone has taken a lease of a further 1600sq m of showroom below the existing museum, which opened in January.

He is determined to provide for road and race motorcycles and cars, including a special area for speedway - a museum within a museum.

There is currently a reference library, theatrette, conference room and retail shop in place.

Work has started to move to the new location.

The inner city location in the Ipswich City Square, is a five minute undercover walk from the rail station and has free undercover parking for up to three hours.

Opening hours will be extended to seven days with the support of additional volunteers.

The vision for the museum is to be a social hub that encourages the respect, retention and recognition of our motor sport heritage.

It will also provide a meeting place, an educational resource and a repository of national and international motorsport history for future generations.

All exhibits will be on loan in a custodianship arrangement.

This facility ticks all the boxes for a Queensland-based museum, which will enhance the tourist potential and provide a location and archive for the safe custody of speedway memorabilia.

Information can be obtained from Mr Bone at QMMipswich@qldmotorsport.org. For the speedway section contact Tony Webb on binbooks@iinet.net.au.

The speedway area will cover bikes, longtrack, sidecars and speedcars.

It will be subdivided into bays for Ipswich speedway, Ekka, local heroes, in memoriam, history, in the workshop, ladies in speedway, clubs, promoters, publications and world champions.

Organisers are also looking for volunteers who could give a few hours to be in attendance.

A meeting room with audio/dvd system is available for clubs and groups for a fee.

The venue is adjacent to a coffee shop and food outlets.

The reference library is available on an annual membership fee of $35. General admission is $10, seniors concessions.


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