WINTERNATIONALS SEES OUT BIG SEASON
BY DENNIS NEWLYN IT has been a long season at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway and it culminates this weekend with the running of the two-day Winternationals. The Saturday and Sunday events (June 9 and 10) will be daylight fixtures commencing at 1PM. Track action will cater for AMCA Sedans, Junior and Production Sedans, Wingless Sprints, Street Stocks, National Four Cylinder Sedans and SP Sedans. In keeping with the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, there will be a massive fireworks display Sunday to not only celebrate the occasion, but see out what has been a very successful season in the 50 year history of speedway racing at the Showground venue. There will not be an off-season for promoter David Lander during the four month winter recess as plans are well advanced for the historic 50th consecutive season of racing at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway. The upcoming Golden Jubilee 2018-19 season commences on November 3 with the annual V8 Dirt Modified Lord Mayor’s Cup the major attraction at the opening meeting. There will be a number of special events next season both on and off the track to mark the significant fifty-year milestone in local speedway history. Today, the venue takes a very special place in Australian speedway history as one of the longest running circuits in the nation. One of the oldest speedway races in the world – the Australian Speedcar Grand Prix, first held in 1938 – is coming to Lismore next season to mark the half century milestone. Lander secured the event against other tracks with tender submissions to Speedcar controlling authorities to run this great traditional race next season. “To get the Australian Speedcar Grand Prix is very significant in keeping with the fifty year celebrations we plan for next season,” Lander said. Some of the biggest names in world Speedcar racing have their name engraved on the famous trophy, including legendary four time Indianapolis 500 winner, AJ Foyt who won the AGP in 1975 and ’76 when held at Sydney’s Liverpool City Raceway. Also 20-times American Sprintcar Champion Steve Kinser is a winner of the AGP. Fittingly, the 2019 AGP at Lismore on March 23, is set for a 50-lap distance. There will also be 50 lap feature races during the Golden Jubilee season for Wingless Sprintcars, V8 Dirt Modifieds, Super Sedans and Modified Sedans. A number of formal presentations are currently being planned for the 2018-19 Golden Jubilee season. A souvenir edition 96-page magazine also is being produced to mark the 50 years of action at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway. Meanwhile general public gates will open Saturday and Sunday at 11AM for the Winternationals.