LISMORE SPEEDWAY FIFTY YEAR MAGAZINE NEARING COMPLETION
BY DENNIS NEWLYN
The most important season in Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway history is not far away and in keeping with the Golden Anniversary of the circuit, production of the special edition half century magazine is close to completion.
The magazine will go on sale at the opening meeting of the season at the venue on November 3 when the highlight of the night will be the annual running of the V8 Dirt Modified Lord Mayor’s Cup.
This magazine is a must purchase for any avid speedway collector, local or interstate.
What started off as an originally planned 96 pages is now up to 112 pages – and still increasing!!
The response, after a call went out for material earlier this year, has been magnificent. Overwhelming is the best description.
In fact, such has been the interest, there’s more than enough photos, words and newspaper clippings, to produce two magazines on the history of the Lismore Showground Speedway.
It has left the editorial/production team with the very difficult task of deciding what to use and what not to use, however the good news is: what is not included in the magazine can be featured during the season in the race fixture printed programme. So, with that, almost everything will get into print in one form or another. This also includes some special, historical articles for the Lismore Northern Star newspaper as the 2018-19 season unfolds.
OPENING NIGHT PHOTO
There’s only one objective still outstanding and that is to secure a photo/s from the opening night, November 22, 1969.
It has not been for the want of trying as every avenue has been explored to come up with just even one photo (no matter the quality) from opening night. Nothing so far, however THERE’S STILL TIME if there’s someone out there reading this who knows where a photo can be sourced.
But there’s plenty to like about this magazine.
“Firstly, I want to thank everyone who has responded when we first released details late last year of the magazine to mark the fifty seasons of Lismore Speedway,” promoter David Lander said.
“Some of the old photos and programmes submitted for use really provide the historical coverage we were chasing. I have seen many of the pages already completed and they look great. I want to make it also very clear, whatever is not used in any of the available avenues, it’s just simply that we had an abundance of material.
“I know our people want to thank everyone for their efforts and the contribution has not been ignored or overlooked. On the contrary, it is very much appreciated because so many people have helped with this production.
“A special thank you goes to our graphic artist Bill Roberts who has done a magnificent job with layouts and artwork. He has really made this magazine his own with a dedication and determination to make this something very special.
“Also to photographer Tony Powell who spent many hours going through old photos and negatives for the magazine. He has come up with some great old photos to accompany specific articles. Also to Ann Clarke in the Lismore Speedway office for the time she spent on the magazine organising ads, chasing contacts and ensuring that the relevant information was available for any particular story we chased.
“Former Lismore promoter Warren King also helped with the editorial and came up with some magnificent articles. Likewise, long time journalist Dennis Newlyn whose volume of words was massive. He has an incredible appetite for churning out words in keeping with his responsibility of making this magazine happen.
“We hope you like the magazine because I know only too well the massive number of hours spent this winter putting it together.”
The magazine also will be available through the Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway website. It will be marketed heavily through many social media outlets and forums with information on purchasing details provided.