Marks Macleay half century
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.