A History Of The Bill Gibbings Memorial.
Bill Gibbings began his involvement in the Albany Speedway Club at the age of 14 years and raced a Hillman Imp, built by his father Doug, who was also heavily involved in the club. After a number of seasons and cars Bill really got it together in his newly built VC Valiant. This car was hurriedly finished using half of his tools, which were welded to the front of the car to support the front barwork, as he had run out of pipe!
Bill had great success with the Valiant. He won prestigious events such as the Christmas Cup at Narrogin in 1980 and was always a familiar sight in his open face helmet with a huge grin on his face, totally sideways and flat out. He then headed away from tintops and into Sprintcars, which suited his totally committed driving style. Bill was a regular campaigner of the Sprintcars until he saw the light and returned to Sedan racing, purchasing the ex Wayne Binham Cortina which was to be the start of his Super Sedan journey. Bill had alot of success with the Cortina at local meetings and ventured as far a Karratha to contest State Titles and was a regular visitor to Claremont Speedway, although the magnetic effect of the fence was to be his undoing on several visits to the city. The ex Leo Gommers Monza was the next car and Bill again campaigned it at local meets, until selling it to the newly formed G & R Racing Team, along with several other cars. Bill would then take over another Gommers car built by Harley Day and drove this until a change in work saw him leave Albany to Coral Bay.
He returned in 1999 and became a life member in 2000 and was involved in the club until his death in 2001.
During his years in the club, Bill held many positions. Twice being President 1986/88, three times Secretary 1975,1981,1988 and also held the position of Treasurer 1990/91. Running a speedway car can be exhausting fun, but at times Bill had as many as four cars in his stable, including cars for two of the boys and one for his nephew. No wonder he had such a short fuse!
It was an honour to have known Bill and to be amongst his many friends and his contribution to the club is missed by all. We know that he will be looking down in awe at the racing this weekend and would love to be out there mixing it up with the best of them.