History

Many years ago Ole Olsen, World Champion in Speedway at the time, had a vision to build a Speedway Arena for his bellowed sport, near his hometown Haderslev. Anyone who doubted Ole Olsen’s determination in overcoming all odds, should have realized, that they were talking about the man who was used to make dreams come true.

Ole Olsen, the first Danish rider, to win the World Championship, had already placed Denmark on the map, but when people asked, where they could see the sport in Denmark, he had to disappoint them. There was no international track. Therefore Ole Olsen said to himself:”I will build a track!” and he did. In cooperation with his partner at the time, Aage Søndergaard, he convinced Vojens city council, who also liked the idea, and got a piece of land at his disposal. They formed a club, sailed 1.500 tons of shale from England to Denmark and build a speedway track.

Ole Olsen said: "I explained people, that they would be seeing reel speedway, that there would be a track, and that the first thing I wanted was a good and safe track."

In September 1975, shortly after winning his second WC title at Wembley, a proud Ole Olsen cut the wire to Vojens Speedway Center. Over 40.000 fans arrived and another 10.000 had to drive back home.

It was chaotic in Southern Jutland. The waiting line went all the way out to the freeway 12 kilometers away. All the top stars were there, among them, Ivan Mauger, Barry Briggs and Egon Müller. Mauger said: "What a perfect track Vojens is! I have never ridden a track in the whole world, as even as this. Ole can truly be proud at what, he has accomplished here." But this was only the beginning of it all. In 1977 Vojens held the first big FIM race, the European Junior Championship Final, won by Alf Busk. Not everything went as it should have that night. Nonstop rain forced Judge Günter Sorber to call of the race and declare Alf Busk the winner after 12 heats.

Ole Olsen reminisces: "The rain was a problem again, when we held the WC Team Final in 1979 at Vojens. After winning the individual and the Team titles, I was very blessed to be the first rider who had all three titles at once."

Finally Ole Olsen had found a good partner for the Team Final, namely Hans Nielsen. But it rained all day, and after several delays, it was decided, to call of the race until the following forenoon. The weather got better and the race took place and it all ended like a fairytale med Ole Olsen and Hans Nielsen on top of the rostrum.

Vojens grow and grow. It has always been referred to as one of the safest tracks in the world, which was further strengthened, when Ole Olsen installed a brand new lighting system.

In 1983 the WC Team Final was held at Vojens for the first time and once again it was a victory for Denmark, who won the title back, which they had lost the year before to the USA. In 1986 the WC Team Final was again held at Vojens, and Denmark triumphed. In 1988 Vojens got the approval from FIM, to hold the WC Final in Individual Speedway for the first time ever on Danish ground.

 

"Another dream comes true," said Ole Olsen, and once again there was a happy ending.

Erik Gundersen, a rider like Ole Olsen, formed into a World Champion, won his third WC title here at Vojens and at the same time he evened out Ole´s own individual WC record.

What a night for Erik, Ole and Danish speedway. Vojens was now fully accepted as one of the world’s best speedway tracks. WC Final came back to Vojens again in 1994, and this time it was a historical event. Because it was the last one-day WC Final, to be held before the speedway world championship started, in the new Grand Prix formula. No Danish winner this time, as Sweden’s Tony Rickardsson won the gold. The last 4 years Vojens Speedway Center has been the track, where the Danish Grand Prix Final has been held, and as usual there has been set high standards in the preparation as well as track conditions. And Ole Olsen adds: "The Facilities at Vojens will continue to be improved and updated. A stand is added and we have extended and improved the Pitt area. We have a mini track for 80cc and micro riders, who are Denmark’s future. Every year we try to take new initiative and make improvements."

Ole Olsen knows, that Vojens has to follow up on the always increasing demands for improvement and for better and better facilities on larger speedway stadiums, especially now where the Grand Prix Series gets bigger and bigger every year. He says: "Vojens is famous all over the speedway world, and we wish to insure, that it continues to be one of the prominent speedway stadiums and thereby being awarded the big WC events, which is being transmitted by more and more countries TV-stations. – This is very exciting times for speedway and for Vojens, off course. So good luck and best wishes for the next 25 years!

Phil Rising
Speedway Star