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1. The field coming up over BP Bend - 14 November 1965.
2. Internationally recognised, Jim Clark is described as the best racer of them all - 20 
    February 1966.
3. Ken Miles piloting the 427 works Cobra - 14 November 1965.
4. in the early days, Bob Lidgate in a Holden A48-215 followed by Eric Bognuds in the later
    JF Holden - 11 November 1962.
5. Jack Brabham and Shell Corner in the mighty Grand Prix Constructors winning Repco 
    Brabham - 12 February 1967.
6. John French in the big XA Falcon GT Sports Sedan - 16 June 1974.
7. Dick Johnson in the Torana GTR coming through Shell Corner as he takes in a little 
    fresh air - 26 September 1971.

 Lakeside The Early Years

Lakeside the early years by Richard Croston records stories and awesome photographs of motor racing at the iconic Lakeside raceway during its first 10 years.

Author of this quintessentially Australian motor racing book Richard Croston records how Lakeside was built more than 50 years ago by enthusiastic young volunteers from the Queensland Motor Sporting Club, Lakeside is now one of the world's classic racetracks. Fast and technically demanding, Lakeside Park Raceway (as it is now known) has earned the respect of everyone who has ever raced there.

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.

The roll-call of Australian drivers at Lakeside is headed by the legendary five time Australian Touring Car Champion and Bathurst 1000 winner Dick Johnson and also includes other Bathurst 1000 winners Kevin Bartlett and John French as well as sports car champion Lionel Ayers.

Also featured in Lakeside... the early years are fellow Australian motor racing drivers Frank Gardner, Frank Matich, Bob Jane, brothers Leo and Ian Geoghegan, Glyn Scott, Max Volkers and Brian Mitchelmore.

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.

Richard has interviewed generations of drivers, mechanics, engineers, designers, volunteers and spectators to give readers an unrivalled high-octane insight into this fascinating chapter of Queensland's motorsport history.

The story began almost 60 years ago when Brisbane businessman Sid Sakzewski suggested converting his old lakeside dairy farm into a race track for club events. A motorsport enthusiast, Sid saw the need for a new facility when the nearby Strathpine race track, built on a disused wartime runway, was sold to developers for a housing estate.

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