A Maroubra Speed­way Scrap­book

Old Bike Australasia - - EYES RIGHT - By Wil­liam Bold­is­ton

308 pages soft cover ISBN: 978-0-9757212-9-2 Bol d’Or Pub­lish­ing Avail­able from Au­to­moto Books (02) 9231 6713 Pit­stop Books (www.pit­stop.net.au) and the au­thor 240 Leura Mall, Leura NSW 2780 (02) 4784 3868 Price: Stan­dard edi­tion – $80.00. Leather-bound lim­ited edi­tion (50 only, price on re­quest). Au­thor Bill Bold­is­ton has ten pre­vi­ous books to his name, all on his­tor­i­cal themes, but says that with his 90th birth­day ap­proach­ing, this will be his last. It’s a huge tome, in both size and con­tent, and a credit to Bill and a small team of helpers that in­cludes Brian Green­field who con­trib­uted the mo­tor­cy­cle de­tails. We briefly told the story of the in­fa­mous con­crete bowl in is­sue 67, but that barely scratched the sur­face of this track’s short­lived but con­tro­ver­sial ex­is­tence. While largely con­cen­trat­ing on the car side of the sport, this book does cover in de­tail the in­cred­i­ble machi­na­tions be­hind the com­mer­cial side of the ven­ture, which at the time, was an enor­mous un­der­tak­ing. What fol­lowed the cir­cuit’s open­ing were scan­dals, fa­tal­i­ties, po­lit­i­cal chi­canery and more, plus of course, rac­ing. As well as the facts and fig­ures and de­tailed de­scrip­tion of the events year by year, this book is pro­fusely il­lus­trated with pho­to­graphs from the era, posters, pro­grammes and other mem­o­ra­bilia. It is an in­valu­able ad­di­tion to the book­shelf of any­one with an in­ter­est in Syd­ney’s che­quered his­tory of mo­tor sport.

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