Fifty for Phoenix

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South Aus­tralia’s Phoenix Mo­tor­cy­cle Club clocks up its half century this year and club pres­i­dent Rick Dowsett is at­tempt­ing to con­tact as many people as pos­si­ble to help cel­e­brate the mile­stone. “In the early 1960’s a group of about 50 mo­tor­cy­clists fre­quented a cafe in what used to be Tav­i­s­tock Street in Ade­laide. Af­ter a highly pub­li­cised trip to Man­num, it was sug­gested that be­com­ing a ‘le­git­i­mate’ club would take away some of the un­wanted at­ten­tion from the po­lice on their Sun­day rides. As some mem­bers were in­ter­ested in rac­ing, they also af­fil­i­ated with the lo­cal con­trol­ling body so they could race un­der the club’s ban­ner. Start­ing with 82 mem­bers in 1964, the club swelled to 200 in the mid 1980s and be­came Ade­laide’s pre­mier road rac­ing club with most of the State’s top rid­ers in its ranks. Phoenix also pro­moted the SA round of the Aus­tralian Road Race Cham­pi­onships for many years. The club’s strength was in its road pres­ence. Their Sun­day rides through the Ade­laide hills to Lo­bethal were a train­ing ground for many fu­ture road racers and helped at­tract young people to the club. Dur­ing the peak years, crowds of over 80 people reg­u­larly packed the ho­tel at their fort­nightly meet­ings and over the last 50 years an es­ti­mated 1,500 mem­bers have passed through the club. Con­tact Rick 0403 386788 or [email protected]­tern­

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