Updated April 2018:
Svogerslev Grass track added
This site contains a list of 150 Danish tracks that are or have been active since 1920 up to now.
About 125 of them are described in articles on the following pages.
A club named “Motor Sport” opened in 1920 an earth track close to the old railway station in Bagsvaerd, a northern suburb to Copenhagen. At the opening it was said to be the first in Scandinavia and possibly in Europe built solely for motor cycle racing.
Two years later followed the opulent “Glostrup Raceway” built west of Copenhagen by “Danish Motor Club”. It collapsed financially in 1928 and closed.
Same year opened the Dirt Track on Roskilde Road in Copenhagen. It was – with a break – active until 1936. Later came dirt tracks in Odense, Vejle and many other places.
An entertainment tax on the entrance fee made life hard for many of those tracks of which a great part closed after few years only. The few, who did not close, stopped their activities at the outbreak of WW2 and the German occupation of Denmark in 1940.
After the end of the war the motorcycle sport woke up again in 1946, and new tracks popped up. Less than a year after 17 tracks was active all over Denmark.
It was quite easy those days to build a speedway track. All that was needed was a relatively even field of suitable size. Then the work could begin with marking up the trail and start scraping off the grass surface by means of tractors and hand power, mostly voluntarily, which was common at that time. Depending on the surface beneath the grass it could be adjusted with gravel and clay and steamrolled. Such tracks were usually called earth tracks.
If a top dressing like cinders, shales, brick- or stone granulate was added, it got called a speedway.
The safety fence could be made by straw bales, discarded car tires or poles carrying wire mesh. Also the excess grass and soil might be used. The typical track length was between 450 and 500 meters. If more than 600 m. long, it was characterized as a long track.
Safety regulations were few and easy to fulfill, and the strict environmental regulations regarding noise were almost non-existing.
A story from the Vejle region tells about a neighbor to a track complaining to the track owner over the noise got finished off with the words – Just tell me the price for your house.
In the late sixties only a minority of the tracks had survived. The public interest dropped. The average people found themselves richer and acquired cars, caravans and TV sets, and found other items of interest.
That changed rapidly when suddenly a relatively unknown chap from southern Jutland by the name Ole Olsen popped up and won the world speedway title in 1971. From the first half of the seventies some of the old track woke up again, and more new tracks opened.
In the wake of this many so-called mini speedways got built, designed with a length from 160 to approx. 200 meters, where youngster from 12 years could ride on mopeds.
It will be fair to say, that the cradle of Danish speedway’s international progress stood on these tracks.
The new tracks have typically a length between 300 and 360 meters and normally also have an 80cc mini speedway track in the infield. About 20 of these tracks are more or less active nowadays.
In the greater cities it had long time been normal to ride on the cinders surfaced tracks in the athletic stadiums. That is no longer possible partly due to the noise, partly because the tracks now are artificially surfaced and not suited for speedway, but mostly because most of the stadiums have great economically interests from football clubs involved.
The only exception was the PARKEN in Copenhagen which since 2003 every year up to 2014 framed a meeting in the World Championship SGP series.
In 2015 the Danish meeting in the SGP series will be allocated to Horsens on one-off track.
Danish Dirt tracks, Earth tracks, Speedways, Long- & grass tracks in timeline order.
The amount of information about the tracks will vary from almost nothing to really detailed stories. The track stories are listed in alphabetic order. Some tracks may be hidden in the menu to the right.
E.g. You are looking after a track in the greater Copenhagen area, click on Copenhagen in the menu, and a submenu will drop down.
Note: A track may appear more than once in the table, if it has been re-opened after an idle period of time, re-build, re-located or otherwise substantially changed.
There may be a couple of track more than listed. Confirmed data shall be most welcome.
Fruens Boege Bicycle track, Odense
|1922||12/08||Glostrup Raceway||1 mile oval track for cars and motorcycles||1928|
|1922||Amager Trotting track||Long track||1970|
|1928||15/10||Copenhagen, Roskilde Road||Dirt track||1936|
|1930||15/06||Hunters’ rest, Ishoj||Dirt track||1934|
|1930||Korsoer Leisure Forest||Dirt track||1932|
|1931||Elsinore, Tikob||Dirt track||1934|
|1931||21/06||Vejle, Norremarken||Dirt track||1934|
|1932||01/05||Aarhus, Randers Road||Dirt track||1934|
|1932||Naestved, Karrebaeksminde||Dirt track||1939|
|1932||19/06||Kolding, Braendkjaergaard||Dirt track||1934|
|1932||Aalborg Skovdalen||Dirt track||1939|
|1933||09/07||Svogerslev near Roskilde||Grasstrack||1933|
|1933||04/09||Bornholm, Ronne||Grass track||1934|
|1934||Aalborg Stadium||Dirt track||1939|
|1934||Aalborg, Voerbjerg||Earth track||1947|
|1934||26/08||Frederikssund Motor Stadium||Grass-/Earth track||1939|
|1936||Kolding, Vonsild||Earth track||1939|
|1937||Copenhagen, Avedore||Dirt track||1947|
|1939||03/09||Bornholm, Ibsker||Grass track||1939|
|1940||14/01||Odense, Stige Island||Ice track||1940|
No tracks were active during WW2
|1946||Copenhagen, Gentofte Stadium||Speedway||1954|
|1946||Holstebro Naur||Grass track||1953|
|1946||Copenhagen, Osterbro Stadium||Speedway||1952|
|1946||Fyns Trotting track||Long track||1960|
|1946||Aarhus, Moerke||Earth/Practice track||1947|
|1946||07/07||Esbjerg, Korskro||Long track||1953|
|1946||18/08||Soroe, Loeng||Earth track||1950|
|1946||21/09||Haderslev, Boghoved||Earth track||1967|
|1946||15/09||Svendborg, Tved||Earth track||1948|
|1947||Copenhagen, Gladsaxe Stadium||Speedway||1954|
|1947||Aalborg, Lindholm (Voerbjerg)||Speedway||1967|
|1947||Kolding, Haderslevvej||Earth track||1950|
|1947||13/07||Bornholm, Ronne Stadium||Speedway||1951|
|1947||Thisted||Earth- & grass track||1953|
|1947||10/08||Lovel, Kirkedal||Earth track||1993|
|1947||31/08||Herningholm, Herning||Earth track||1947|
|1947||28/09||Skalborg by Aalborg||Earth track||1947|
|1948||30/05||Kalundborg, Aarby||Earth track||1951|
|1948||Skive Trotting track||Long track||1966|
|1948||15/08||Charlottenlund Trotting track||Long track||1976|
|1948||Horsens, Nim||Earth track||1949|
|1949||Bornholm, Almindingen Trotting track||Long track||1955|
|1951||Aarhus Trotting track||Long track||1967|
|1951||17/06||Fredericia, Hannerup||Earth track||1956|
|1951||14/10||Odense Atlhetic Stadium||Speedway||1974|
|1951||07/07||Odense Bicycle track||Concrete oval||1951|
|1951||12/08||Oster Svendstrup||Earth track||????|
|1952||07/11||Kolding Tved Road||Earth track||1955|
|1953||Holstebro Naur||Earth track||1967|
|1953||20/09||Asaa Trotting track||Long-/Grass track||1954|
|1953||Copenhagen South Port||Speedway Practice track||1961|
|1954||21/04||Aarhus, Lake Brabrand||Ice speedway||1954|
|1954||01/08||Fangel (re-opened)||Earth track||1985|
|1955||06/03||Hilleroed, lake at Frederiksborg Castle||Ice track for auto & Mc.||1955|
|1955||Esbjerg, Korskro||Long track||1976|
|1955||05/06||Vejle, Traedballe||Earth track||1958|
|1955||05/06||Roskilde Ring||1040 m. raceway for cars and motorcycles||1968|
|1956||Hojsgaard, Mors||Earth track||1957|
|1957||Faxe||Speedway Practice track||1957|
|1966||Lake Kvie||Ice track for cars & Mc.||1966|
|1966||Skive new Trotting track||Long track||1972|
|1967||Nykøbing Falster Trotting track||Long track||1977|
|1969||Haderslev, Skovby||Earth track||Open|
|1969||Naestved, Nisseringen||Earth track||?|
|1970||Gram||Speedway Practice track||1975|
|1974||Fredericia, Vejlby||Mini Speedway||Open|
|1976||Koege, Olsemagle||Mini Speedway||1976|
|1977||01/05||Esbjerg, Korskro Motor Centrum||Speedway||Open|
|1980||Brovst Speedway Center||Speedway||Open|
|1980||20/04||Skovbo Trotting track, Bjaeverskov||Long track||1986|
|1982||01/07||Naestved Stadium speedway||Speedway||1982|
|1982||4&5/12||Esbjerg Skating Rink||Ice speedway||1982|
|1983||05/03||Odense Skating Rink||Ice speedway||1983|
|1985||11/06||Munkebo Speedway Center||Speedway||Open|
|1985||20/07||Odense, Korsloekke||Mini Speedway||Open|
|1986||Esbjerg, Korskro||Mini Speedway||Open|
|1986||Outrup Speedway Center||Speedway||Open|
|1996||15/09||Voldby v/ Middelfart||Grass track||1996|
|2003||Copenhagen, PARKEN||Speedway indoor one-off||2014|
|2004||17/07||Billund Trotting track||Long track||2005|
|2011||4&5/02||BOXEN Herning||Speedway indoor one-off||2011|
|2015||Horsens Arena||Speedway one-off|