Jump back in time at Harrisville

Jump back in time at Harrisville

Author: Media/Thursday, May 17, 2018/Categories: State News

Preparations are being meticulously carried out in garages from here to Victoria for the Brisbane Motorcycle Club's upcoming Queensland Classic Motocross Championships at Harrisville.

Held over the weekend of May 26/27, the event will see around 50 treasured pieces of restored vintage iron unleashed in their full fury just 20 kilometres from Ipswich.

The venue and its natural terrain motocross track are the perfect incarnation of a vintage track, according to Brisbane Motorcycle Club President Guy Westerman.

"It's been a venue for about seven years now," said Westerman, "and the decomposed-granite-based layout is specifically built for classic bikes, and shaped in the style of an early-era motocross track.

"It's set on 160 acres of rolling hills," he continued. "and it's fairly well elevated with a 5-acre camping area, toilets, showers, hot water and beautiful vistas. And with numerous spectator vantage points, it's a good family day out.

"We'll have all the Classic Motocross classes and all the greatest old bikes, through from Pre-1960 Triumphs, Jawas and Nortons to the bikes of the Japanese takeover in the late-60s, from twin-shock evolution bikes up to 1980 model YZ Yamahas and PE and RM Suzukis.

"The sidecars will also be sliding around and making lots of noise."

Aficionados will delight at the likes of Victorian Greg Leaney's Cheney-framed Triumph, or Miles Roe's methanol-burning 1958 Matchless 500, BSA 650 twin scrambler, and pre-70 BSA B50.

Interestingly, competitor ages vary even more than that of their machines, with entries ranging from teenage to 80 years old.

The Queensland Classic Motocross Championships take place at Faulkners Quarry Road Harrisville. Just follow the signs from Peak Crossing. Spectators are free.

For more information, visit www.brisbanemotorcycleclub.com.au

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