A fantastic Aussie Classic Dirt Track Championships unfolded at the North Brisbane Motorcycle Club’s Mick Doohan Raceway over the weekend, as classic bikes and equally classic riders converged.
Two clubs - North Brisbane Junior Dirt Track Club and Brisbane Motorcycle Club - collaborated to produce one of the best and most widely contested classic nationals events in years.
Riders rode irreplaceable machines valued at $20 000+ the way they were meant to be ridden, and the quality of the field and the strength of the racing was next level in most cases.
That said, the racing was clean and mature, with controlled aggression on display all day and no injuries, save for a couple of scratches.
Eighty-year-old Col Metcher was the principle mover behind the event, and apart from a mountain of organising pre-race, announcing at riders briefing, and opening the rider's awards presentation, he rode and finished first in his division!
Some said the full gate of 125 Elsinores stole the show, with the sweet sound of a dozen 125s screaming away from the gate. The XL 350s may have been the fastest on the planet too, with the acceleration they showed against the TT500s.
Ron Chadwick was a deserving winner on the sidecars. One observer suggested that he only entered to ensure the class had enough starters for championship status, and then provided half the Evo sliders so that class could be a championship class, too.
This meeting isn’t just about the age of the machines, it's very much for the older rider.
One example was Wayne Clarke, who won the Castrol 6-Hour with Wayne Gardner on the Triple M CB1100R, back in the early 80s.
Results are on speedhive
Pics by Colin Stratford. Col's FB Gallery here: