RARE BOOK: Lyal Parr, of Ballina, will display his copy of The Challenge 1983 at the Alstonville Rotary Antiques and Collectables Fair. It is one of only 1000 copies published in the world.
RARE BOOK: Lyal Parr, of Ballina, will display his copy of The Challenge 1983 at the Alstonville Rotary Antiques and Collectables Fair. It is one of only 1000 copies published in the world.

America’s Cup book on show

A RARE and valuable book which celebrates the 1983 America's Cup will be on public display at this year's Alstonville Rotary Antiques and Collectables Fair.

Lyal Parr, of Ballina, bought the book as an investment and owns it to this day.

This year is the 30th anniversary of that historic event, which Australia won to break the United States' 132-year hold over the title.

The Challenge 1983 is a magnificent leather-bound book and is still in its original wooden cabinet.

"There were only 1000 copies of this book in the world," Mr Parr said.

"After that the plates were destroyed.

"Mine is number 75. I bought it 30 years ago for $1100, so I might think about selling it if someone offered me double that.

"But it's a beautiful book and it is in pristine condition."

Mr Parr agreed to buy the book months before the 1983 Cup series, so he had no idea that it was going to become such an important event in Australia's history.

"I was in a sports shop in Wagga Wagga when I saw something about the book and I just thought, 'oh why not'," he said.

"And wouldn't you know it, Australia won."

Mr Parr will also display his special souvenir edition of The Sun which was printed following Australia's victory in the America's Cup.

The Alstonville Rotary Antiques and Collectables Fair will be held on Saturday, May 18 from 9am-4.30pm, and Sunday, May 19, from 10am-3pm.

It will be held at the Alstonville Leisure and Entertainment Centre and will feature a vast array of quality antiques, books and collectables from all over the world.

Entry fee is $6 and refreshments will be available.


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