BROWN AND BIKE RIDERS ARE HIGH FLYERS AT LISMORE SPEEDWAY
BY DENNIS NEWLYN
RECENTLY crowned 17 year old Australian Speedcar Champion Kaidon Brown will make an appearance in round four of the Diamond Air National Speedcar Super Series at Castrol edge Lismore Speedway Saturday night, March 3.
Brown shares a common theme with the FMX motocross stunt riders who will also appear on the Lismore programme this weekend.
Brown and the two wheel daredevils are unique talents in their specialist field of competition. The bike riders soar to new and exciting heights with their acrobatic stunts, while Brown has had a meteoric rise to stardom in Speedcar racing in only his second full season of oval track racing. What also makes Kaidon Brown special is that he is still at school in his final year of studies.
When Brown took out the 77th running of the Australian Speedcar Championship at Murray Bridge Speedway a few weeks ago it was not only race fans who were enthusiastic and full of praise for the youngster.
Monday morning at the school assembly was no ordinary start to the classroom day for Brown.
His class mates were buzzing with excitement after news earlier reached his school he had won the prestigious Australian title.
It also meant a lot to the Brown family in Australian Speedcar history because Kaidon’s father, grand father and great grand father are part of speedway folklore in this country.
Kaidon is overawed by the magnitude of occasion. “It’s pretty cool, I can’t believe it,” he said. “I don’t even feel like I am the Australian Champion, but my parents have been around the sport for years, they know and understand how important the title is and what it means.” News of his success quickly spread overseas and he has already had offers to race in America.
The car he drove to victory was previously raced by his father as far back as 2010, but it has all the latest running gear and has always been on the pace. “The goal I set before the championship was to secure a top five result, though I was confident going into the championship because of my form.”
The Brown family Speedcar dynasty started in a workshop in the Melbourne suburb of Richmond in the mid-thirties at the time Speedcar racing was introduced into speedway in this country and Speedcars raced at Olympic Park Speedway.
Kaidon’s father Mark is the most successful driver in the long history of the Australian Speedcar Grand Prix, which was first held in 1938 at the Sydney Sports Ground circuit, with six victories. Mark Brown has won so many events and titles but despite a lot of attempts, he never took out a national title. “That does not matter now, we have an Australian Speedcar Championship in our family,” Mark, a very proud dad, said. The win was a victory of raw emotion as tears overflowed on the main straight after the race as father and son embraced.