The Great Elephant Race of 1963 – Elizabeth


Jodie and Jumbo

On Sunday August 25th 1963, a crowd of between 2,500 and 3,000 people ignored the cold weather to watch Elizabeth’s (South Australia) most unusual spectacle, the great Elephant race.
The race was run by the Elizabeth Lions Club to raise funds for the Miss Elizabeth Quest.

The participants were Elizabeth jeweller, Phil Zamel riding Jodie and Darryl Squires riding Jumbo. The elephants were lent by Ashton’s circus and the riders wore genuine Arab garments complete with black beards and pipe.
The race was run over a distance of 150 yards at the record speed of an average 10.5mph.

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