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Speedway:

The Bikes, the Cars and the Heroes of the Track from 1950 - 1989 by Tony Loxley Code: 38406 Format: Hardback / 400 pages Publication date: 15/08/2016 Availability: Available. Usually dispatched same business day from Sydney, Australia Price: AU $60.00

One of the most iconic and deadliest sports in the world ... enclosed speedway tracks, both wall and dirt, featuring cars and bikes.

Images in this wonderful collection are from before World War through to the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and early 1980s.

As the 1950s approached the cars were getting faster and the drivers were beginning to wear long sleeved leather jackets but the crash helmets were the same style.

Not many people know but, Sir Jack Brabham began his motor racing career in a midget speed car. It was numbered USA 28 and was a V Twin cylindered powered vehicle.

This book captures all of the history, action and danger of car and bike racing in Australia featured many champions teams from overseas.

Chapters Include :

1. Before the War: the Origins of the Sport
2. 1950s: The Boom Fifties
3. 1960s: The Swinging Sixties
4. 1970s: The Sensational Seventies
5. 1980s: Expansion and Commercialisation

More than 400 rare archival photographs, many unpublished, of the sports greatest drivers and riders, key venues and historical moments

Essential information for the casual fan or budding historian

Expertly researched, with background histories behind many rare photos and interesting trivia

Synopsis:

Speedway is a celebration of one of the most iconic and deadliest sports in the world … enclosed speedway tracks, both sealed and dirt, featuring cars and bikes. Images is this wonderful collection are from before World War II through to the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and early 1980s.
As the 1950s approached the cars were getting faster and the drivers were beginning to wear long sleeved leather jackets but the crash helmets were the same style. Not many people know but, Sir Jack Brabham began his motor racing career in a midget speed car.
1950s saw bigger tracks emerging. Windsor Speedway (NSW) was a flat dirt half mile speedway which allowed faster racing with wide open spaces. It was typical to see three or even four abreast racing.
1960s saw the emergence of sleek, more powerful speed cars. The introduction of power plants such as Chevy two, Offenhauser, Volvo, Peugeot, Ford Falcon all made for faster racing. The introduction of HOT ROD racing brought out home made cars. The very first Australian Hot Rod title was held at Windsor in 1963 and was taken out by Victorian driver Billy Willis.

1970s saw a radical change in speedway racing in Australia when Liverpool City Raceway Manager Mike Raymond turned the track into Australians first asphalt speedway.
Speedway captures all of the history, action and danger of car and bike racing in Australia featuring many champions teams from overseas.

 

Format: Hardback
Pages: 400
Availability: Available. Usually dispatched same business day from Sydney, Australia
Publisher: NEW HOLLAND PUBLISHERS
Publication date: 15/08/2016
Country of publication: AUSTRALIA
Weight: 2790 g
Dimensions: 100mm X 10mm
Code: 38406