Marks Ma­cleay half cen­tury

Old Bike Australasia - - OUT’N’ABOUT -

2015 marks the 50th an­niver­sary of the Ma­cleay Dis­trict Mo­tor­cy­cle Club. GE­OFF GILL writes... In 1965 a few blokes talked about form­ing a mo­tor­cy­cle club for the pur­pose of build­ing a mo­tor­cy­cle track at Green­hill, where vol­un­teers used push mow­ers to mark out the cir­cuit. In Jan­uary 1965 a li­cence was is­sued with fenc­ing and toi­let fa­cil­i­ties un­der con­struc­tion. The first meet­ing was held on Sun­day 3rd Oc­to­ber 1965 and was a huge suc­cess where lo­cal rid­ers per­formed well and a huge in­crease in sup­port fol­lowed. The club bought the land and has suc­cess­fully run meet­ings at the site ever since. Glory days have fol­lowed with the club pro­mot­ing NSW and Aus­tralian Ti­tles in dirt track, mo­tocross, speedway, thumper na­tion­als and en­duro. We have seen world cham­pi­ons com­pete and rid­ers on their way to be­com­ing world cham­pi­ons with Chris Holder, Casey Stoner and lo­cal An­drew Pitt on the list. How could any­one for­get the day the lo­cal boy Michael Booth won the 125cc Aus­tralian ti­tle in 1993 while still at school? That kid is now the old man of rac­ing and is still very com­pet­i­tive. Or the day Jamie Oram won the Akubra Clas­sic?

Talk­ing of Akubra the Club is cel­e­brat­ing 25 years of as­so­ci­a­tion with the great hat com­pany and with their sup­port we have staged the best and rich­est dirt track rac­ing in Aus­tralia. A big thank you to Steve and fam­ily. I would also like to thank busi­nesses, spec­ta­tors and neigh­bours, rid­ers and vol­un­teers over 50 years for their sup­port. Over the years the club has raised money for the West­pac Res­cue He­li­copter, Terry Giddy and Amy Win­ters par­a­lympians, am­bu­lance satel­lite lo­cater unit, Miss Aus­tralia Quest can­di­date and Early In­ter­ven­tion just to name a few. Back in the day Rod Allen was the cir­cuit an­nouncer, fol­lowed by his son Ross and now his grand­son Joel is call­ing the races. Three gen­er­a­tions of an­nounc­ers call­ing at the one cir­cuit must be some sort of record. On the 11th Oc­to­ber we saw the 25th run­ning of the Akubra Clas­sic with the very best dirt track­ers in Aus­tralia. The side­cars were awe­some as usual with their no-holds-barred rac­ing. Un­for­tu­nately due to a huge crash in the side­cars we lost lo­cal Shane Van Gin­neken. RIP Coggy. Life mem­ber Ge­off Gill or­gan­ised a huge dis­play of past mo­tor­cy­cles and mem­o­ra­bilia. Spe­cial ma­chin­ery on dis­play in­cluded Terry Poole’s 1972 Aus­tralian Ti­tle win­ning Hagon Jap, and a Kerr frame 2 stroke Yamaha. Th­ese ma­chines were banned in England be­cause they were too pow­er­ful but in Aus­tralia we raced them. Mau­rice Fuller’s 1970 side­car was on dis­play along with in­ter­na­tional racer Broc Parkes’ rare ju­nior side­car plus ju­nior speedway bikes and many oth­ers. WFO had a dis­play of all their mod­els by ex lo­cal rider Al­wyn Gill. A raf­fle was con­ducted with pro­ceeds to the in­jured Aus­tralian speedway rider Darcy Ward who re­ceived spinal in­juries in Poland last month. A cheque for $500 was pre­sented to Mark Lemon Aus­tralian World Cup Speedway man­ager at the Speedway GP at Eti­had Sta­dium. There was a dis­play of pho­tos from the 70’s to to­day, news­pa­per clip­pings, and leathers.

The full race re­sults are on the Ma­cleay Dis­trict Mo­tor­cy­cle Clubs face­book page.

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