Sel­licks Beach Races

Le­vis MCC Sel­licks Beach His­toric Races • 16-17 Fe­bru­ary 2019 – Sel­licks Beach, SA

Old Bike Australasia - - CONTENTS - Pho­tos Rob Lewis

In 2017, the Le­vis Club brought rac­ing back to Sel­licks Beach, south of Ade­laide over­look­ing St. Vin­cent Gulf. It had been a sixty-year hia­tus but 110 com­peti­tors turned out for a taste of sand and salt air. Two years on, the en­try has swelled con­sid­er­ably with 119 solo en­tries and 12 side­cars. Com­peti­tors ranged from first-timers to sea­soned vet­er­ans, the star name be­ing Dave John­son, the fastest Aus­tralian around the Isle of Man TT course, who cleaned up in his races on the Tri­umph that his fa­ther Mur­ray rode to win in 1992. Mur­ray John­son also col­lected some tro­phies, as did 84-year-old Mur­ray Wil­liams who raced in two classes. Side at­trac­tions in­cluded a fly­past by an­cient Bi­planes, pa­rades of his­toric mo­tor­cy­cles, and pre­sen­ta­tion of awards on the grassed area near the old Surf Life Sav­ing build­ing at the conclusion of rac­ing on Sun­day.

Isle of Man star ‘Davo’ John­son with fa­ther Mur­ray. Dave John­son did plenty of win­ning on the 750 Tri­umph rid­den in 1992 by his fa­ther. Ready for an­other burn down the beach. High-viz Ron Parker on his 250 Tri­umph. Mark and Kelly Schup­pan slide their ESO out­fit through a turn.

LEFT Pe­ter Birthisel (211 – In­dian 750) and Corey Iles (384 – Har­ley 750) in close com­pany. ABOVE Vet­eran side­car star Mur­ray Wil­liams (45) pow­ers his 500 BSA to­wards the che­quered flag. Max Hooper and Mike Eng­berg power through the sand on their 1000 Har­ley out­fit. Char­lie Palmer shows his win­ning style.

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