Tourists "motor inn" to Junee for Alan Streader Spring Vintage Speedway Revival Meeting

Melissa Noble, nurse manager from Junee Multi Purpose Service (MPS) with manager of the Junee Motor Inn, Sabina Wunsch and Natalie Ellis, clinical nurse educator. Picture: Madeleine Clarke
Melissa Noble, nurse manager from Junee Multi Purpose Service (MPS) with manager of the Junee Motor Inn, Sabina Wunsch and Natalie Ellis, clinical nurse educator. Picture: Madeleine Clarke

There’s no room at the Junee Motor Inn as auto-enthusiasts rev into town for next weekend’s Alan Streader Spring Vintage Speedway Revival Meeting. 

Sabina Wunsch’s 59 beds are booked-out, with car enthusiasts travelling as far as Queensland for the epic event.

Proceeds from a festive sit-down dinner set for Saturday night will be donated to Junee MPS.

All drivers’ spots have been filled for Saturday’s spirited demonstrations by vehicles from the 40s to early 80s. 

Alan Streader, the compact speed car division’s greatest driver with four decades of racing to his name, will be guest of honor. 

It’s the first year the meeting has been run as a tribute, with the nod to Alan “the Flying Red Baron”, nicknamed after the blur of his flowing red scarf and crash helmet flying through the fields, kicking off the trend. 

“Alan is quite the raconteur, when he gets on his feet there’s no stopping him,” Gasworks’ honorary secretary Kerry Phelan said. 

Alan Streader in his 60's midget # 34 speedcar, which will be on show at the speedway on Saturday.

Alan Streader in his 60's midget # 34 speedcar, which will be on show at the speedway on Saturday.

The dinner is also a new edition to the event, which has expanded exponentially since the Gasworks’ establishment four years ago. 

Close to 90 tickets for the evening’s feast, a country spring-roast, have already been bought, largely by tourists. 

Dinner organiser Ms Wunsch hinted at a “surprise-element” to the magic night. 

“It will be a very unique, special evening,” she said. 

She got involved a year ago when she saw the great potential of the niche-event to draw tourists from all around the country. 

“It’s bringing so many people to Junee, a hidden gem,” she said. 

“So much can be achieved when business proprietors engage with community-based initiatives.” 

Natalie Ellis, clinical nurse educator at Junee MPS said the donation means a lot. 

“It helps us support the local community who do so much to support us,” she said. 

“It’s like a circle really.”

The speedway meeting begins at 10.30am, Saturday August 19 at the Illabo Motorsport Park.

Bookings are still being taken for the dinner at 6.30pm in the Junee Ex Services Club Auditorium with table decorations by local, Janet Pollard.