Last year's Classic saw competitors from all over Australia with a particularly strong contingent from Western Australia travel to Harrisville, Queensland. The bikes classes ranged from Pre1960 to Pre 1978 solos and sidecars and the Riders ages encompassed 16 to 88 years which is very unusual for a highly physical sport-and the VMXWA crew flew the Flag across the board for WA.
This year both Classic Championships will be held in South Australia on consecutive weekends therefore organisers are expecting a record breaking number of entrants for both events. The Classic Motocross will be taking place at the Port Pirie Motocross Track, Friday 18th – Sunday 20th August. The Post Classic Motocross will run the following weekend Friday 25th – Sunday 27th August at Crystal Brook.
The Post Classic and Classic Motocross championships allow riders to race bikes from historic eras. Classic motocross applies to bikes from the pre 60 class up to and including the pre 78 class. The post classic applies to evolution, Pre 85 and the Pre 90 classes.
The Post Classic titles generally attracts a good numbers of riders, spectators and a beautiful array of bikes from all over Australia and the Port Pirie MCC are excited to be hosting these titles this year.
The following riders are currently making the journey across the Nullabor to fly the Motorcycling WA and Vintage MXWA banners while representing Western Australia.
Nick Fitzgerald will be defending his Pre 75 250cc championship.
Kris Lindgren will be defending Pre 75 125cc 16-29 championship and attempting to beat last year's 2nd place in the Pre 75 250cc 16-29 years category.
Kevin Russell will be defending his Pre 75 500cc Super Seniors championship and attempting to beat last year's 3rd place in the Pre 75cc 125cc-60 years plus catergory.
Mick Godbold will be competing in the Pre 75 250cc and 400cc-50-59 years categories.
Vic James will be competing in the Pre78 360cc Super Seniors and Pre75 360cc Open Class all ages categories.
Michael Lawrie will be competing in the Pre 60 Unlimited and Pre 70 250cc Open Class all ages categories.
Don McGrath will be competing in the Pre 75 125cc and 250cc-50-59 years categories.
Bill Watson will be competing in the Pre 75 400cc Super Seniors category.
Brian Watson will be competing in the Pre 65 250cc-50-59 years and Pre 75 250cc-50-59 years categories.
Established in 1924 Port Pirie Motorcycle Club survives as one of the countries oldest surviving motorcycle clubs and celebrated its 90th year in 2014. Throughout the years the club has hosted big name events such as Australian Long Track Speedway Titles, King of the Gulf Motocross and South Australian State Title Motocross rounds and has been host to some of Australia's Greatest Motorcycle Riders.
Crystal Brook MCC one week later 25th – 27th August, will conduct the Post Classic titles for Pre 90 motorcycles & sidecars. This era of racing is very popular, most notably people can watch the bikes evolve from the twin shock era through to the single shock era, the air cooled transformation to water cooled and of course drum brakes through to discs.
The Crystal Brook Motocross Track is a 1.8 km long, loose loamy natural course, winding its way over different levels within a tree lined amphitheatre setting. This is the home track for the Crystal Brook Motocross Club and the club president, Duane Woolford commented on the track conditions today, "We are currently getting rain so both of the Classic venues will be in great condition for the Classic Titles". So those of you who haven't left WA yet....pack your wellies and brollies!
The Crystal Brook Motorcycle Club was formed in 1972 and since then the club have hosted rounds of the Australian Motocross Titles at the track throughout the 1990's up until 2000. The club last held an Australian Classic Motocross Championships in 2011 which was the last time the Classic Championships were held before the era's were divided. The club have had also hosted several State Motocross and Enduro Championships over the years as well.
Club members, commitee members and volunteers from both clubs have been woking tirelessly on and around both tracks to ensure the championships over both weekends will be a success off and on the track.
Both venues for the Australian titles offer camping, top class viewing, catering and world class tracks. Entries for these two events have now closed, however, feel free to contact the race secretary for either event with any queries as far as entries go.
To view photos of the track and keep updated this weekend at Port Pirie click HERE
To view a video of the Port Pirie track click HERE
To view photos of the track and keep updated next weekend at Crystal Brook click HERE
To view videos of the Crystal Brook track click HERE
Article from Motorcycling WA Media Officer-Linda Russell