THE MAN who won the very first East Coast Grand National way back in 1975, David House, will be Grand Marshal for the 2020 running of the annual GN event Saturday night, March 14, at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway.
It will be a very special occasion as House returns to the venue that gave him one of his greatest sedan victories.
The inaugural running of the Uniroyal East Coast Grand National is still spoken of in glowing terms by long time followers who have described the event as a race that will forever be remembered.
It was a titanic battle at the head of the field between House and Lismore Speedway's favourite son, the late, great Grenville Anderson, who was runner-up.
The dramatic laps are what legends are made of and this race stands proud in the annals of Lismore Showground Speedway history.
“To have David House as our Grand Marshall is a great honour,” Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway promoter David Lander said.
“I am truly delighted to host David at our circuit.
“I have been promoting here for a number of years now and whenever I talk to people about the history of this venue, one of the names that always crops up is David House and especially that first 1975 East Coast Grand National.
“It means so much to me, the fans and everyone associated with Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway, to have David in attendance.”
Meanwhile, the modern era GN will be run as a Production Sedan event and Lismore Automobile Club organisers have received a very impressive entry list which currently stands at 41 nominations.
LAC personnel have gone “above and beyond the call of duty” to make this occasion a night to remember, working closely with the Lismore track promotion.
The entry list is headed by Australian Production Sedan Champion Joel Berkley.
The retro XU1 Holden Torana replica owned by Terry Osmond will also make a special appearance race night. It's exactly the same model car House drove to victory all those years ago.
David House and the Osmond car will be the focus of a specially convened media day at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway, Friday morning, March 13.
There also will be a public display, organised by the LAC, featuring a sausage sizzle as well as the cars and the stars – including the Osmond retro XU1 Holden Torana. David House will attend in addition to some of the current Production Sedan drivers. The display will be held at 27/35 Ballina Road, Lismore opposite City Hall, Saturday (March 14) 9 am to 11.
Caption: Wonderful photo from the past featuring two of the biggest names of Australian sedan racing back in the day. On the left it's the late, great Grenville Anderson. He is pictured with the inaugural winner of the East Coast Grand National and Grand Marshall for the 2020 event, David House. Photo courtesy Hilton Martin.