GOLDEN JUBILEE LISMORE SEASON APPROACHES
BY DENNIS NEWLYN
THE COUNTDOWN is on for the most important season in the 50-year history of Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway.
The upcoming racing term heralds the Golden Jubilee of speedway racing at the historic Lismore Showground. It all started on November 22, 1969 when Super Modified competitor Dutton Stibbard and his business associate Neil Mansell introduced speedway to the venue.
It has been going strong ever since, so this upcoming season takes on great significance and also represents a milestone in Australian speedway history. Today, Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway stands proud as one of the longest running tracks in Australia.
Promoter David Lander is going all out to make the 2018-19 season something not only very special but a time to long remember as the half century is acknowledged with special events and celebrations.
“This is not like any other season,” David Lander said.
“It is a moment in history for the track that has to be acknowledged, respected and certainly celebrated.
“I have put together a race calendar with a heavy emphasis on the 50 years. There will be Golden Jubilee 50 lap main events for several sections and other special presentations both on and off the track that will make this season truly unique.
“It’s not only a landmark occasion for Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway, but the track is clearly one of the most celebrated in the country and that’s all the more reason why this season is very special.
The track is one of the oldest still running in the country and truly a survivor as many circuits have disappeared since Lismore Speedway opened in 1969.”
The season emphasis is clearly on 50 lap main events.
In what will also be a coup for the circuit, Lander has secured the time honoured Australian Speedcar Grand Prix. This event is one of the oldest Midget/Speedcar races in the world and the 2018/19 season represents the 68th running of this classic that has been won by a who’s who of world Speedcar racing.
Special Golden Jubilee feature races are set to be decided for Super Sedans, (January 12, April 6),
V8 Dirt Modifieds (January 26), Modified Sedans (February 16) and AMCAs (April 20).
There also is the annual running at the second meeting each season of the Wingless Sprintcar 50 lap main event which next term will be held on November 17.
The Australian Speedcar Grand Prix also will be held over 50 laps.
The Golden Jubilee 2018-19 season commences with the traditional V8 Dirt Modified Lord Mayor’s Cup on November 3.
The V8 Dirt Modifieds will be featured regularly during the season with other highlights including the annal Mr Modified series over two rounds (December 26 and January 5).
The spectacular 410 Sprintcars will take to the tight confines of Castrol edge Lismore Speedway on January 19, while the 100-lap Australian Wingless Sprint Grand Prix will again be conducted during the 2018-19 season and is set down for decision on March 9.
The season will conclude on May 4 with the Caravan/Dunny/Trailer Demolition Derby.
All of the major and support categories will be featured during the season. The FMX high flying bikes will return next season and will be a part of the January 5 fixture, while the Australia Day fireworks spectacular also is included on the January 26 programme. A Demolition Derby is set for January 12. The December 1 show heralds the start of the Christmas month with a very early appearance by Santa, kids’ Christmas party and push bike races a part of the fanfare and racing content.
To commemorate the 50-year landmark, a collector’s item magazine detailing the incredible history of Lismore Speedway from day one also is being produced and will be available on the opening night of the season and over the 16 race nights from November to May, 2019.