The most important season in Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway commences tonight, highlighted with the running of the V8 Dirt Modified Lord Mayor’s Cup.

The night will celebrate 50 continuous seasons of action at the historic Lismore Showground venue after the road to the magnificent half century started on November 22, 1969.

The fixture will be attended by Mayor Isaac Smith and other dignitaries as well many of the competitors who raced not only at the very first meeting in 1969, but also during the inaugural season.

The meeting will be opened with a ceremony and introduction of former drivers in a celebration and salute to the half century history.

“This will be a very special occasion and will be like the start of no other season,” promoter David Lander said.

“What this venue has achieved in 50 years is wonderful and we want to honour these achievements with the attendance of many competitors from that first season. The Lismore track takes a special place in our sport as it also has produced seventeen Australian Champions during the 50 years which no other speedway venue in Australia can match.

“With the 50 years, the Lismore track is also one of the longest running speedway venues in Australian speedway history.”

V8 Dirt Modifieds and Wingless Sprintcars will headline the fixture while AMCAs, Production Sedans, National Four Cylinder Sedans and Street Stocks also will be seen in action.

It’s also an important night for the Wingless Sprintcar drivers who will contest the opening round of the Lismore Workers Club Driver to America series.

Race officials have also received a big entry list from the V8 Dirt Modified division.

Andrew Pezzutti is the defending Lord Mayor’s Cup winner but will face a strong welcoming committee of drivers keen to take the trophy from him.

Australian title winners Mark Robinson and Scott Cannon are potentially the drivers who loom as winning prospects, however a number of other competitors are in contention which sets the scene for an exciting 30-lap Cup final.

Public entrance gates open at 4PM, pit entrance is at 1PM. First race starts at 5:30, while the official opening of the 2018-19 season will start at 6PM.

Admission prices: Adults $25; Pensioners (with Aged or TPI card) $20; High school children (with card) $15; A family concession of two adults, two high school aged children $65. Children under 12 are free admission. For any further information: www.lismorespeedway.com.au

Caption: Jacob Jolley puts his Wingless Sprintcar through its paces in preparation for tonight’s grand opening of the Golden Anniversary season at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway. Photo: Tony