Sydney Showground 1970: The late Bob Tattersall.
BY DENNIS NEWLYN
THE SPEEDWAY ILLUSTRATED NEWS website is more than just a daily news service with Australian and overseas news, but it also features the rich history of our sport in words, photos, video clips and memories from the great days of yesteryear.
In many ways this website is unique, with its daily news updates via a worldwide press release service, covering cars and bikes. This international coverage is made possible courtesy of an extensive news feed from media outlets that are always made available to this website – while this is also a website rich in nostalgia and Australian speedway history.
What better way to exemplify what this website stands for than this great image of the legendary 1969 United States Auto Club (USAC) National Midget Champion, the legendary, late and great Bob Tattersall from Streator, Illinois? If one man exemplifies what the 60s boom stood for it’s this super star competitor who very sadly lost his battle with cancer in his home town on October 27, 1971 aged47.
Tattersall made 13 consecutive visits to Australia and thrilled fans across the nation with his driving ability and promotional capabilities that also gave capital city venues massive media coverage during the 60s.
This wonderful photo of Bob Tattersall, pictured behind the wheel of the Harry Conklin Offy out of Denver, Colarado was taken by cameraman Geoff Davis in 1970 at the Sydney Showground, a venue which provided Tattersall with some of his finest wins, particularly in the time-honoured Australian Speedcar Grand Prix and “World Speedcar Championship.” The picture sits proudly amongst current images on our home page and other daily news photos throughout the SPEEDWAY ILLUSTRATED NEWS pages.
As time goes on there will be many worthy additions to this website with articles and photos remembering those iconic decades long gone but never forgotten.