by Richard Croston
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Lakeside: The Early Years covers the first 10 years and captures some of the stories of Lakeside's motor racing enthusiasts, of how they developed this challenging track and engineered their cars to race and win.
Built more than 50 years ago by enthusiastic young volunteers from the Queensland Motor Sporting Club, Lakeside circuit is now one of the world's classic racetracks. Fast and technically demanding, it has earned the respect of everyone who has ever raced there.
● The First Year - 1961
● Ken Peters - Queensland Motor Sporting Club
● Dick Johnson
● Glyn Scott
● Ken Miles - Australian Tourist Trophy
● Brier Thomas
● Tony Basile
● Dennis Geary
● The Salter Brothers
● Aussie Ingenuity
● Men from the South
- Harry Firth
- Storming Norm Beechey
- Bob Jane
- Spencer Martin
- Frank Martich
- The Geoghegan Brothers
- Lex Davidson, John Harvey & Arnold Glass
● John French
● Kevin Bartlett
● Sports Cars
● Lionel Ayers
● Bob Romano
● The International Drivers
- Chris Amon
- Jack Brabham
- John Surtees
- Bruce McLaren
Among the famous champions who have battled wheel-to-wheel on its hilly, twisting bends are some of the finest racers of all time, including the great Jim Clark, the incomparable Jack Brabham and his close friend Bruce McLaren, Jackie Stewart and Graham Hill, Chris Amon, Denny Hulme and Jochen Rindt, Lorenzo Bandini and Piers Courage. Whether driving a Lotus, BRM, Brabham or Ferrari, they have thrilled generations of Australian enthusiasts at Lakeside.
The roll-call of Australian drivers at Lakeside is headed by local heroes Dick Johnson and John French along with the likes of Kevin Bartlett, Frank Matich, the Geoghegan brothers, Frank Gardiner and Glyn Scott. Their stories and many others are related in lively and engaging detail by Richard Croston who has selected nearly 300 images from the camera of acclaimed photographer Brier Thomas to accompany the text.
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