IAN Brims knew one day his three decade-plus career would have to come to an end and that time will be this Saturday night, February 20, at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway when he retires.
Ian, 72, admits “I am kind of a bit sadly really,” as he prepares for the last hurrah.
“I have enjoyed my time in speedway, but because last year was so difficult through COVID-19 with no racing and a season cut short, it's been hard to come back and get motivated into it again, even though I love the sport.
“I think the other factor is that having raced since the 1985-86 season, I have had so many wonderful and enjoyable years, it was probably the right time to retire this year.”
But what he has achieved with national and state title success in various sedan categories shows clearly he will be hailed as one of the best from his era.
He also has served the sport well as a Super Sedan series naming rights sponsor through his Brims Concrete (and earthmoving) company at Murwillumbah.
“Over the years there have been plenty of other people who have sponsored and I just thought this was my time to contribute to the sport through sponsorship,” Ian said modestly.
Ian also explained one of the very special sentimental and emotional times came in the early years of his career.
That always remembered moment at Timmis Speedway was “the first national title I went to in 1989 at Mildura.”
That was one of the first away trips for the Brims racing operation because since Ian started his career earlier in the eighties, he confined his racing to Lismore.
“Ross my brother won it (the national title) and I came second. That was such a high because we had only been in the sport for a few years and it meant a lot to us.”
So, it all comes down to this Saturday night and it will be sad, quite possibly an emotion-charged occasion when Ian tells the fans it is now time to hang up the helmet.
Ian says he will then just have to get used to watching speedway from the spectator terraces.
MEMBERS STAND NOW OPEN
On that very theme, the members grandstand will be open to the general public Saturday night after long running repairs have now been completed. For more information phone 0414847199 or the Lismore Speedway office, 66212733 during business hours.
Highlight of the night will be round ten of the McCosker Super Sedan series featuring a very strong entry list. The all star cast comprising 22 entries is headed by Darren Kane, Matt Pascoe, Wayne Randall, Victoria'a Mick Nicola and current McCosker Series points leader Sean Black.
There also will be racing for Wingless Sprintcars, AMCAs, Production Sedans, Street Stocks and Junior Sedans. Gates open at 4PM and racing commences at 5:15.