Long before Formula One, before the Supercars the hell men (and one or two women) of Maroubra, the speedway demons, risked life and limb for glory on a track surrounded by scrub and sand hills over the course of a few short years.
Maroubra Speedway was the first specially-designed fully-banked concrete motor racing circuit in the southern hemisphere and there are so many stories Bill tells about it incuding the 1914 G.P. winning Delage which Barney Oldfield drove at the Indianapolis, the two type 39 G.P. winning Bugattis exported by Bugatti himself, and much more.
Although the track that was built in 1925 has now gone, resumed by the then Housing Commission, the all too brief history of Maroubra Speedway has been wonderfully re-told and preserved by Bill Boldiston in a fitting tribute to the dare devil racers of Maroubra.
This scrapbook chronicles not only the drama of the speedway but the colourful history of some of Australias most impressive early motor cars, following Garlicks prized Alvis journey from tragedy to rebirth as a feature of the racing scene, and telling the tale of the outrageous 21 litre Fiats voyage to Australia, fresh from breaking the land speed record.
Bill describes the theatre of the speedway as a Grand Opera, with all the necessary ingredients of high octane attraction. The phenomenal crows numbers - a reported to be 70,000 people at the open day event - the drama of the circuit - and the tragic death of Garlick, the most famous driver of his day - all cement the speedeway legacy.
The book is crammed with text and hundreds of black and white photos.