The story

Many years ago, Ole Olsen, then world champion of speedway, had a vision of building a speedway arena for his beloved sport, near his hometown of Haderslev. Anyone who doubted Ole Olsen's determination to exceed all odds should have realized that they were talking about the man who is used to turning dreams into reality.

Ole Olsen, the first Danish driver to win the World Cup, had already placed Denmark on the world map, but when people asked where they could see the sport in Denmark, he had to disappoint them. There was no international course. That's why Ole Olsen said to himself, "I'm building a track!" And he did. In collaboration with his then partner, Aage Søndergaard, he convinced Vojen City Council, who also liked the idea, and got an area made available. They formed a club, sailed 1,500 tons of shale from England to Denmark and built a Speedway course. 

Ole Olsen said: "I explained to people that they would come to see the right speedway, that there would be a lane and that the first thing I wanted was a good and safe lane."

In September 1975, shortly after winning his second World Cup title at Wembley, a proud Ole Olsen cut the leash to Vojens Speedway Center. Over 40,000 fans arrived and another 10,000 had to drive home.

It was chaotic in Southern Jutland. The cows stretched to the highway 12 kilometers away. All the top stars were there, including Ivan Mauger, Barry Briggs and Egon Müller. Mauger said: “What a perfect course Vojens is! I have never run on a track in the world, which is so smooth. Ole can really be proud of what he has achieved here. ”However, this was only a start to it all. In 1977, Vojens ran the first major FIM race, the European Junior Championship Final, won by Alf Busk. Not everything went as it should that night. Irresistible rain forced referee Günter Sorber to cancel the race and declare Alf Busk the winner after 12 heat.

Ole Olsen recalls: “Rain was again a problem when we ran the World Cup Final in 1979 at Vojens. After winning the individual and holding the titles, I was very pleased to be the first runner-up with all three titles at once. ”

Finally, Ole Olsen had found a good partner for the Par Final, namely Hans Nielsen. But it rained all day, and after several postponements, it was decided to cancel the race until the next morning. The weather got better and the race took place and it all ended as an adventure with Ole Olsen and Hans Nielsen at the top of the victory stool.

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

In 1983, the World Cup Hold Final was held at Vojens for the first time and once again it was a victory for Denmark, regaining the title, which had been lost to the United States the previous year. Again in 1986, the World Cup Hold Final was held at Vojens, and Denmark triumphed. In 1988, Vojens received the recognition from FIM, to be able to hold the very World Cup Final in Individual Speedway for the first time ever on Danish soil.

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

Erik Gundersen, a driver like Ole Olsen, formed into a World Champion, won his third World Cup title here at Vojens and at the same time equalized Ole's own individual World Cup record.

What an evening for Erik, Ole and Danish speedway. Vojens was now fully accepted as one of the world's best speedway lanes. The World Cup Final came back to Vojens again in 1994, and this time it was a historic event. It was, after all, the last one-day World Cup Final to be held before the speedway World Cup started, on the new Grand Prix formula. No Danish wins this time when Sweden's Tony Rickardsson won gold. For the past 4 years, the Vojens Speedway Center has been the course on which the Danish Grand Prix Finale has been run, and as usual, high standards have been set in both preparation and course conditions. And Ole Olsen adds: “The facilities at Vojens will continue to be improved and updated. The grandstand has been added and we have expanded and expanded the equestrian yard. We have a minibar for 80cc and the micro-drivers, which is the future of Denmark. Every year we try to make new initiatives and improvements. ”

Ole Olsen knows that Vojens has to keep up with the ever-increasing demands for improvements and for better and better facilities at larger speedway stadiums, especially now that the Grand Prix series is getting bigger and bigger every year. He says: “Vojens is famous all over the speedway world, and we want to make sure that it continues to be one of the leading speedway stadiums, thereby being awarded major World Championships broadcast by more and more countries' broadcasters. - These are very exciting times for speedway and for Vojens, of course. So good luck for the next 25 years!

Phil Rising
Speedway Star