John is one of the inaugural committee members of the West Oz 1/4 Scale Speedway Association when it was formed in 2005 in Waroona WA. During this time he has been part of the committee in various roles including treasurer, secretary, vice chairperson and has been in the chairsperson's role since 2016. One of John's favourite roles at the club is track curator and he spends many hours every week maintaining the track and the venue.
John has been driving RC speedway racecars for over 15 years and is a National title winner and a four-time State champion. Add countless heat & feature race victories during his very successful career and Johno qualifies as one of the sport's best competitors.
For the 'Decade at Hendo' celebrations in 2016, the Sponsors Lounge was named after John to recognise his dedication and commitment to the Association.
John was awarded Life Membership of the WOQSSA in 2010.
One of the men synonymous with the introduction of RC speedway racing to WA, Les Blechynden's passion for the sport is infectious. Back in the 1990's Les set out to create a radio-controlled, 1/4 scale Sprintcar and with the help of some enthusiasts on the east coast he completed his project. A new form in dirt track racing was born. Les was a strong force behind the creation of the West Oz Association in Waroona and then lead the search for suitable land in the metro area to relocate to the current headquarters of the WOQSSA in Henderson. Over the next decade Les and the committee proceeded to built the venue to what it is today, the best RC speedway venue in the country and arguably across the globe.
Les is not bad behind the controller either, adding a National Sedan title and triple State titles to his trophy cabinet.
For the 'Decade at Hendo' celebrations in 2016, the new clubroom was named after Les for his dedication and commitment to the Association.
Les was awarded Life Membership in 2010.
'JW' has been racing RC speedway for some 15 years. His love for competition has seen his race not only across the country but successfully in the USA and New Zealand where he spread-the-word about the sport of RC speedway. His connection with the TAMS Group saw him initiate a long-standing sponsorship which saw TAMS as the naming-right sponsor at the Henderson venue for several seasons. Jim's record of successes on the track is remarkable. His list of race wins, title successes and awards includes the 2014 National Sprintcar title.
For the 'Decade at Hendo' celebrations in 2016, the annual Track Champion Award was named after Jim for his dedication and commitment to the Association.
He was awarded Life Membership to the WOQSSA in 2019.
During the 'Decade at Hendo' celebrations in 2016, Chris Anderton was presented with a Recognition Award for 10 years of competition in the Sedan class at West Oz.
During the 'Decade at Hendo' celebrations in 2016, Ian Archer was presented with a Recognition Award for 10 years of competition in the Sedan class at West Oz.
The Chairperson's Award is an annual presentation.
This person chosen has, in the opinion of the Chairperson, shown to be an active member of the association and has shown dedication and commitment to the association during the nominated season.
The list of previous winners are:
2009-10 Terry Richards
2010-11 Glen McDougall
2011-12 Peter Pascoe
2012-13 Darren Mouna
2013-14 Jim Waddell
2014-15 Maxine Anderton
Rimmer Family-Jason Marlow
2016-17 Michelle Marlow
2017-18 Guido Versaico
2018-19 Lyn Elder
2019-20 John Summerfield
2020-21 Colin 'Chief' Austen
2021-22 Lyn Elder
CANTEEN CORNER - MAXINE'S CAFE
The most important spot on a race night at Hendo isn't the Pits...or the track, its Maxine's Cafe.
The new location in the Winner's Circle is awesome and we all just love the service with a smile from the lovely ladies in the canteen.
Pictured from back in 2021 are Jacqui, Lyn, Cherrie, Izzy, Maxine and Georgia.