Esperance Speedway donates to aged care facility to mark 45 years of community support

Esperance Aged Care Facility general manager Chelli Ratcliff and Esperance Speedway president Bronty Humphrys. Photo: Jake Dietsch.
Esperance Aged Care Facility general manager Chelli Ratcliff and Esperance Speedway president Bronty Humphrys. Photo: Jake Dietsch.

The McD Contracting Esperance Speedway are celebrating their 45th year.

To mark the occasion and acknowledge the ongoing support of the community, the Speedway has given back to the community with a $500 donation to the Esperance Aged Care Facility.

Speedway president Bronty Humphrys said there had been overwhelming community support in making sure the club  was strong.

"Everyone in our committee and all of our members are community people," Mr Humphrys said.

"We feel we are in a comfortable position now, heading into the next season, and we want to give back to the community that has supported us.

"We thought a fitting way was to support the Aged Care Facility."'

Aged Care Facility general manager Chelli Ratcliff thanked the club for their support.

"It's absolutely fantastic, all the community support we have had so far has been unbelievable," Mrs Ratcliff said.

"We are a community-run, community-based aged care facility, so any donation is most welcome."

Mr Humphrys said the ground works began in 1974 to build the Esperance Speedway.

"It's been a lot of hard work and a lot of volunteer support," he said.

"It is getting harder and harder to operate a volunteer-run sporting club, so we need a lot of effort and drive."

Mr Humphrys said the biggest change over the last 45 years was the increase in safety for both racers and spectators. 

"The safety of the driver is paramount now with all the gear they wear," he said.

"The safety of the public has also increased from a dirt earth wall, to a timber wall, to a concrete wall. The fence has also become higher and higher."

The last race of the 2019 Esperance Speedway season will be held Saturday, April 13.

Racing starts at 4pm, with the demolition derby at the end of the night.