Shift­ing dirt in WA

Old Bike Australasia - - OUT’N’ABOUT -

DES LEWIS, who com­piled our re­cent pop­u­lar story on Michael Dow­son, has been out and about with his cam­era and filed this story. It was a case of “go hard or go home” dur­ing the Vin­tage Mo­tocross Club of WA’s re­cent scram­ble at Mill Farm, cul­mi­nat­ing in the cov­eted Dan Fer­gu­son Memo­rial Hand­i­cap. This pop­u­lar event, held on 16th Septem­ber, at­tracted close to 45 rid­ers. Num­bers were down a lit­tle this year with 18 rid­ers head­ing to Ararat for the Na­tional Mo­tocross Cham­pi­onships. De­spite this, com­pe­ti­tion was strong and every­one went home with a smile on their face af­ter en­joy­ing a bril­liant week­end. “This was the 16th year of the Memo­rial Hand­i­cap and it’s al­ways the num­ber one event on our cal­en­dar,” said Club Pres­i­dent, Gary John­son. “It’s pretty spe­cial be­cause it was (the late) Dan Fer­gu­son’s dream to have a scram­ble on his farm. Trag­i­cally, Dan passed away be­fore his plans came to life. His son Chad and wife Tyrell were de­ter­mined to push ahead with his plans as a trib­ute to him and put in a lot of work to make it hap­pen. A year or two later, the first Dan Fer­gu­son Memo­rial Cup race was held, and it’s been our most pop­u­lar event ever since.” In talk­ing about the Club, he com­mented, “It’s a spe­cial club be­cause it’s more like a re­ally large fam­ily, which wel­comes every­one and en­cour­ages young peo­ple to be in­volved. It’s as much about friend­ships and the so­cial side of things, as much as com­pe­ti­tion.” He also paid trib­ute to the vol­un­teers who helped or­gan­ise and run the club’s events. With the Mill Farm week­end, he ac­knowl­edged the ef­forts of Mike Smith, Louise Ridge­way, the Brady’s, and the many oth­ers who pitched in. The Club caters for bikes pre-1975 and has around 100 mem­bers. It has a real di­ver­sity of ma­chines and peo­ple, with the old­est rider be­ing Bill Wat­son who, at 90, is still go­ing strong. While the club’s main track is at Nar­ro­gin, events are held in a num­ber of dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions in the south and ad­ja­cent Perth. The Dan Fer­gu­son Memo­rial Hand­i­cap race was won by Adam Fan­der­lin­den, rid­ing a Honda XL420.

GRADE RIDER BIKE Vic James, who is “well into his ‘seven­ties”, en­joy­ing him­self on his Bul­taco. Win­ner of the Dan Fer­gu­son Memo­rial Hand­i­cap, Adam Fan­der­lin­den. Side­car win­ners Gary John­son and Brad Green on their Wasp Yamaha XS650. Pre-65 win­ner Pat Smyth monowheels his Rick­man Tri­umph.

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