Speedway night special event for Caryl

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au

TOMORROW night's Speedway Spectacular is set to be a special occasion for Caryl Oakman with the winner of the Australian V8 Sprintcar Grand Prix winning the Bob Oakman Perpetual Trophy, named after her late husband.

Bob Oakman passed away in November 2004 and was one of Australia's well-known speedway identities.

He was a former Queensland champion who earned a glowing reputation as a tough competitor who had a good record against the best visiting USA drivers of his era.

His passing was heavily felt in the speedway ranks and Caryl came up with the fitting idea to honour her husband's memory.

'Bob was a fine competitor who had a lot of friends in speedway and I thought it would be great to remember him this fine way,' Oakman said.

The Oakman's have lived in Tannum Sands for the past 15 years and Speedway Promoter Clive Featherby was very happy to acknowledge Bob's impact in tomorrow night's Australian V8 Sprintcar Grand Prix event.

'Bob was very well known in speedway ranks and I was happy to help out Caryl who wanted to do something for him, I think whoever wins on Saturday will be extremely proud to win the award,' Featherby said.

Caryl was also honoured when it was announced that Bob's own speedway car would be used as the lead Chief Steward car for the Sprintcar Grand Prix.

'When Clive suggested that he would use the car as the pace car for the warm up lap I could not have been happier, especially as one of his old friends John Dean is the Chief Steward,' she said.

Look out for the comprehensive Speedway preview located in tomorrow's Observer.



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