King of the Weir

Old Bike Australasia - - ROYAL ENFIELD CLASSIC 500 STEALTH - By Guy El­li­cott

Mo­tor­cy­cle rac­ing in Al­bury-Wodonga 77 pages, soft cover ISBN: 978-0-9943997-1-7 RRP: $40 in­clud­ing GST and postage. Or­der at shark­ Guy El­li­cott says he orig­i­nally in­tended to add a sin­gle mo­tor­cy­cling chap­ter to a book on car rac­ing at the sadly de­funct Hume Weir cir­cuit, but re­al­is­ing that sub­ject was much greater he de­cided upon a sep­a­rate book. Although this one con­cen­trates on Hume Weir, it also cov­ers two and three-wheeled rac­ing at long-gone tracks, scram­bles and hill­climbs, in­clud­ing Al­bury Show­ground Speed­way, the Wir­linga road cir­cuit, Al­bury Aero­drome, and of course, Ban­di­ana Mil­i­tary Camp which hosted some very big events in­clud­ing the Aus­tralian Grand Prix in 1957. ‘The Weir” is cov­ered in de­tail from its open­ing in Jan­uary 1961 where fu­ture World Cham­pion Tom Phillis starred. The text as such is mainly race re­ports taken from news­pa­per and mag­a­zines of the day, but there are some won­der­ful pho­tos cour­tesy of Keith Ward and Rob Lewis. In 1970 San­dring­ham club had the brain­wave to im­ple­ment the King of the Weir race, an an­nual event that ran un­til 1979 that was taken out by some of the sport’s big­gest names in­clud­ing Ron Toombs, Bryan Hin­dle, Ken Blake, Gregg Hans­ford, Bob Rosen­thal and Mur­ray Sayle. The end came for the cir­cuit when the north­ern end of the track was de­stroyed in the 1990s when the dam wall was raised. Well worth a read.

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