A lot has changed in the world of speedway since John Day first picked up a set of black and white chequered flags more than half a century ago.
The cars are faster and more expensive, drivers are safer and Kwinana has taken over from Claremont as the home of revheads.
But for anyone who has been to the speedway over the past 51 years, one thing hasn't changed.
Mr Day, better known as The General, has been a permanent trackside figure and is as well-known for his artful flag waving as his fleet of orange utilities.
The 76-year-old's association with speedway started when he opened a smash repair shop and started using his cars to advertise the business.
Mr Day said he now spent about three nights a week at Perth Motorplex.
"I've never missed a night, apart from when I burnt my hand with fireworks after I put them on the end of my flags," he said.
"I've got four girls who are all speedway cranks and half of them are married to speedway people and the other half are go-kart racers and things like that."
The speedway community will honour Mr Day tonight at Perth Motorplex with a tribute event, General 25 - Salute to John Day.Mr Day said the night would also pay tribute to his long-time speedway friend, George Tatnell, who died in 2007.
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