Preparations are in full swing for the Yamaha MQ Awards Night, which is revved and ready to go for next Friday, 9th December in Brisbane.
Among those to be recognised on the night is David Wagner Junior, a well-known figure in the Queensland Enduro scene for the last 40 years.
Through his attendance, competition, organisation and volunteering in motorcycle sport, David will receive the prestigious Motorcycling Queensland Lifetime Achievement Award.
David has been involved in motorcycling his whole life, starting out as a junior at Toowoomba Motorcycle Club, where his father, David Wagner Senior, was instrumental in ‘revamping’ the club.
He rode all Toowoomba Motorcycle Club’s events in the early 70s, and was always working with his parents to maintain the facility and put on events.
David and his father were instrumental in getting Queensland Enduro to the level it’s at today. Before the mid 1970s, the discipline used the ‘Tulip System’, where riders would navigate over hundreds of kilometres of terrain with just maps. The Wagner’s noticed that the Europeans were instead using arrows to mark out their tracks, and they introduced this method to the Queensland Enduro scene in 1976. Arrows are still the preferred method of navigation in Enduro events today.
In 1977 David got his Senior Licence and started to compete in Enduro events with his father, and went on to win a State Championship in about 1980.
After a short break from the sport, David came back in the 1990s and has never stopped since. He was the Treasurer for Toowoomba Motorcycle Club for some time, and awarded Life Membership to the club.
David has brought up his three sons with riding, and heavily promoted junior development within Toowoomba Motorcycle Club.
Fellow Toowoomba Motorcycle Club Life Member Lawrie Asgill says David successfully introduced the ‘David Wagner Senior – Junior Encouragement Award’ to encourage competition amongst the junior tanks.
“The award was brilliant, actually,” he says.
“It encouraged many juniors to get involved in the club, and really give Enduro a go.
“You always see David at events and helping out. He’s always been a hand-hands guy.”
Motorcycling Queensland and the Queensland Enduro Subcommittee wish to congratulate David on his award, and can’t wait to celebrate his achievements at the Yamaha MQ Awards Night.
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Thanks to Lawrie Asgill for his assistance with this article & David Wagner Jnr for the pictures.