Glen Dix the stylish flag waver, from Rowley Park to GP, in South Australia for 50 years
Glen Dix showing his flamboyant flag-waving style at the Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide.
Glen Dix, a member of the Australian Speedway Hall of Fame, is best known for flamboyantly waving the chequered flag at the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix in Adelaide 1985-995 and in Melbourne in 1996.
He also waved the flag at four Australian 500cc Motorcycle Grands Prix. His 50 years in South Australian motor sport included flag waving at Mallala Motorsport Park, the V8 Super Cars and Bay to Birdwood rally through to the national karting championships and Masters Games events.
But he started at Rowley Park speedway in 1953 and flagged the final Speedcar feature at that speedway in 1979
Victor Harbor-born Dix, who worked at the Marine and Harbours at Port Adelaide for 40 years, was introduced to the Racing Drivers Association of South Australian by long standing secretary Ross Schultz in 1952. The next season Dix helped 5KA radio announcer Bill Evans with information on the broadcast of feature races.
Dix began his memorable flag-waving career as assistant to Rowley Park clerk of course Ern Sconce and took over the main job in 1954/55. Dix insisted on waving through every driver who finished the race – from first to last – in a style that prompted Rowley Park drinkers’ fun chorus of “Dixie's a dick head”.
Dix helped formulate Rowley Park’s special rules that, for instance, allowed American Bob Tattersall to shed an inside front wheel and continue for a further 21 laps on three wheels.
Dix’s involvement in the sport of karting extends back more than 50 years, when he was involved with forming the original South Australian Karting Council alongside identities such as June Hodgetts and Jack Self. Karting has been a part of the Australian Masters Games since 1999.