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Ghosts in the Bull Pens - Speedway Racing at the Sydney Showground Royale

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By: Tony Loxley, Dennis Newlyn .

Forewords by Bryan Cunneen, Bob Levy, Jim Airey, and Steve Raymond (OAM)

Over 1600 images covering the years from the '20s to 1996.


Book Description

The Sydney Showground Speedway had a mystique about it that no other race track in Australia was able to reciprocate. From its early beginnings in the '20s to its final race meeting on 27 April, 1996, this hallowed and daunting race venue captured the imagination of competitors and race fans around the world — simply put, there was nothing like it — anywhere.

Today however, the majestic and monolithic Clock Tower still oversees this historic venue, now home to Rupert Murdoch's Fox Studios, yet despite the fact that much of the original venue is now hidden behind industrial and office facades, and the once lethal, narrow racing oval now removed to make way for a footpath, the aura of this amazing venue still echoes with the roar of racing engines, and the smells of burnt methanol, cooking hamburgers, chips in the fryer. Pluto pups, and of course, the murmurs and cheers of the massive crowds who freauented the track throughout each summer racing season for six, wonderful decades.

Gone too is the annual two week extravaganza of the Royal Easter Show, but if the imagination is allowed to run free, the specter of the Bull Pens turn, the race track's most lethal corner, is still present; so too, perhaps, the ghosts of the 28 riders and drivers who were lost racing at this imposing speedway.

About the Authors
Historian Dennis Newlyn, who covered the halcyon days of the '60s and '70s as a journalist for the periodicals and newspapers of the day, and who was a leading magazine publisher at the time, and publisher Tony Loxley, who attended on many occasions as a spectator and later photographer, have put together a treasure trove of images and memories of this much lamented venue that allows the reader to drift back into the past, and relive those glory days of racing at the Sydney Showground Royale that continues to mean so much to so many.


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11 Reviews

  • 5
    Ghosts in the Bull Pens signed for me by Tony Loxley.

    Posted by Grant on 29th Apr 2013

    Hello Automoto bookshop, many thanks for arranging Tony Loxley to sign and dedicate the book to me. Thank you very much for passing on my contact details, I spoke with Tony today. Excellent friendly customer service also your books always arrive very fast.

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    Info on Availabilty

    Posted by shop admin on 25th Feb 2013

    Exclusive to Automoto Bookshop we have finally received an advance copy of Tony Loxley's massive tome entitled "Ghosts in the Bull Pens Speedway Racing at the Sydney Showground Royale". The book is a whopping 520 pages and contains over 1600 images which have all been digitally scanned and corrected to provide the best possible quality. There are also hundreds of items of memorabilia going back to the twenties up until the final meeting held in 1996. Dennis Newlyn, Australia's leading speedway historian has coauthored the title with Tony Loxley and has provided some superb stories covering all aspects of the Sydney Showground Speedway. There are also hundreds of quotes from those who drove, rode, or who were involved at the Showground throughout the 520 page publication. This book is limited to 1500 signed copies and is one of the most lavish, and beautifully produced book we at Automoto Bookshop have ever seen. The quality is stunning and the amount of work put into this book is eye opening. Some of the images go back to the twenties have to be seen to be believed and the content in the sixties section alone is breathtaking. The book is divided into 28 chapters with forewords provided by Bryan Cunneen, Bob Levy and Steve Raymond (OAM). This book tells the history of the Sydney Showground like no other and will sell out quickly. The book is currently on the water headed towards the Australia with the delivery date of April 20th. We hope you enjoy some of the layouts from the advance copy and look forward to providing you with support securing a copy of this wonderful publication.

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