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Brian Shead is best known for designing, engineering, constructing and driving Cheetah Racing Cars. From May 1970 to February 1980, Shead competed in 293 events, from which he achieved 112 wins, 228 podium places, 85 fastest laps and 30 lap records. His racing career culminated in 1979 when he won a closely contested Australian Formula 2 championship driving one of his own Cheetah Mk6s.
Shead was one of the driving forces behind the establishment of Australian Formula 2 and Formula Holden. He is currently the chairman of the National Track Safety Committee for the Confederation of Australian Motorsport. Shead is also a life member of CAMS.
- Australian Motor Racing Year 1986/1987 "Cheetah Racing Cars A Continuing Success Story", pages 54–59, Berghouse Publishing Group Pty Ltd, first published 1987, ISSN 0158-4138
- Australia Formula 2 Club Inc
- CAMS Life Membership citation
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