WHEN Peter Basmadjian hung off the fence at the Carina Speedway as a 14-year-old, he never expected one day the track may close.
But in June 2006, his childhood nightmare came true and the gates closed for what was thought to be the final time.
Determined to bring back the much loved track, Mr Basmadjian and wife Rebecca took over the management rights and spent the last six months bringing it back to its former glory.
Mr Basmadjian said it's been handwork with mostly volunteer's labour and not a lot of money to get the speedway reopened.
"It's very much a community effort and we've still got a long way to go," he said.
But on Friday night, to the delight of Mr Basmadjian and 2000 attendees, the speedway officially reopened.
Mr Basmadjian said another 4000 turned out to celebrate with the Saturday night event.
"It was great to see the community turn out for it," he said.
Mr Basmadjian said the sprintcars put on "a heck of a show" for crowds.
"There's 20 of the best drivers in Australia fighting for the same piece of dirt," he said.
"It's always going to end in trouble and there was spectacular crashes and very close, competitive racing.
"We had a couple of rollovers ... all drivers escaped unharmed and that's a credit to the safety systems that are in place for these race cars."