Updated: Nov 14
Ken Peters was born in 1935, was married for 61 years to Narelle and both spent their entire married life working and living in Redcliffe.
Soon after national service in 1955, where Ken was a champion marksman, Ken with his brothers Jim, Trevor and Ian became involved in motorsport.
He joined the Queensland Motor Sporting Club (QMSC) in 1956 and was soon on the committee. He won the Qld Motorkana championship in 1963 and was the president of QMSC from 1961 – 1966.
QMSC was largely responsible for working with Lakeside landowner Sid Sakzewski to get Lakeside built and then promote it with huge success, resulting in international drivers attending Lakeside for huge events including two Australian Grand Prix races featuring drivers such as Jim Clarke, Jackie Stewart, Graham Hill, Chris Amon and of course Jack Brabham.
Ken went onto to be the Clerk of the Course in the early years of Lakeside, while also doing some circuit announcing at Lakeside, Lowood and Surfers Paradise.
After many years not driving, he dabbled in hill climbs and competed at the first Mt Cotton event before eventually getting into sports car racing.
Auscam with Tamron as sponsor. Image from display in Redcliffe Museum
Two of his memorable achievements were winning the Queensland Racing Champion in 1974 (across all categories and the following year in 1975 won by Dick Johnson). In 1981 Ken won the Lakeside round of the Australian Sports Car championship in his Auscam 600M which was designed and built by his younger brother Ian, builder of many Auscam race cars.
Ken was also a qualified pharmacist, as was Narelle, but spent most of his working life in the photographic industry which started because of his love of photography, winning distinguished awards, sitting on boards and was president of the Australian Photographic Dealers Association where he formed a link to the PMA International.
1972 Ken Peters advert
Ken and Narelle’s pharmacy and subsequent camera store were a feature on Redcliffe Pde for nearly 50 years.
Endeavour replica in Moreton Bay photo: Ken Peters.
Ken and Narelle travelled throughout their working life and retirement, with many of their trips photographed and the images hung in the Redcliffe gallery, and a couple, Antarctica and the Amazon, spending time in galleries around Queensland and NSW.
Ken was a past president of the Kippa Ring Rotary Club, awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship and was Redcliffe Citizen of the year in 2005. He was also a life member of the Peninsula Camera Club, Redcliffe Show Society and the Mousetrap Theatre.
Narelle Peters passed away in December 2021 and Ken passed away on March 15 2023, aged 87 years, after a short illness, and is survived by son Brett and daughter Fiona and their families.
Ken and Narelle Peters are listed on the wall of the Redcliffe Wall of Fame:
A collection of portrait and information honouring the achievements of individuals who have influenced and shaped Redcliffe. The collection is in the Jetty Arcade at 139-141 Redcliffe Parade.
For a complete list of people who appear on the wall click on the following blog post: