IAN BRIMS RETURNS to Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway this Saturday night, March 6, not as a competitor but Grand Marshal for the annual Production Sedan East Coast Grand National.
After last weekend's emotional retirement when he went out a feature race winner, the sanctioning Lismore Automobile Club wanted the 72 year old former National Champion to return for a very special curtain call after his long time involvement with the LAC.
It's a wonderful gesture on behalf of the LAC for Ian and another very special occasion in an incredible two weeks of emotion, nostalgia and celebration of a magnificent three decade-plus career.
Ian was a member of the Lismore Automobile Club many years ago when he was involved with the Modified Sedan division.
Along with his brother Ross, they both won a National Modified Production Sedan Championship, Ross at Mildura in 1989 and Ian later crowned as the 1994-95 season National Champion in Canberra. The 1988-89 season event resulted in a spectacular one-two finish for the brothers after Ian was runner-up.
“To say Lismore Automobile Club isn't proud of Ian's achievements is an understatement – crowned as an Aussie Champ as an LAC club member is always a massive achievement for both driver and club,” the LAC said in a press release yesterday.
“To top off his retirement last weekend with an epic win in front of a home track crowd at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway, where it all started for Ian, was the icing on the cake of such an impressive speedway career that included Modified Production and Super Sedans.
“LAC club members didn't hesitate at all to want to include Ian in this weekend's ECGN event, as Ian has also contested a few East Coast Grand Nationals back in the Super Sedan days of the event.
“As Grand Marshal for this weekend, the LAC wish Ian all the best for the future on his racing retirement,” the LAC statement added.
STORY BY: DENNIS NEWLYN.