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AUSTRALIAN ROAD RACING: I have enjoyed watching and photographing Australian Road Racing Events since 1967, ouch! I hope the following events and rider's careers bring back some memories to those that were there and are of interest to all......

Please click on the heading or associated image to be taken to the dedicated page covering the event.....

Le Minz 24 HR SCOOTERTHON, 2012:

The seventh running of the Le Minz 24 Hour Scooterthon, sponsored by INSURE MY RIDE, hereinafter referred to as 'IMR', was held on the Gold Coast, Queensland in December, 2012. The endurance test (race) was open to Scooters with a maximum capacity of 50cc and there were two classes, stock and modified.

The 'clickable' image opposite depicts a member of the Mark 'Brownie' Brown Dream Team, Troy Bayliss!

Le Minz 24 HR SCOOTERTHON, 2011:

The sixth running of the Le Minz 24 Hour Scooterthon was held on the Gold Coast Queensland in December, 2011. The endurance race was open to Scooters with a maximum capacity of 50cc and there were two classes, stock and modified. There was also the matter of a Guinness Book of Records attempt!

The 'clickable' image opposite depicts 'Brownie' having just regained the World Record and Guinness Book of Records entry for the furthest distance travelled on a Scooter in twenty four hours: 1,189.685 kilometres!

PHILLIP ISLAND EIGHT HOUR, 2011:

The inaugural Australian Endurance Championship, held over eight hours at the Phillip Island Circuit. The event was modelled on the famous Suzuka Eight Hour race and the Organisers are hopeful of attracting International Teams as the race gains recognition.

The 'clickable' image opposite depicts the winning #1 and 2nd place #11 Team Suzuki motorcycles.

BARRY SHEENE FESTIVAL of SPEED, EASTERN CREEK, 2011:

The 6th Anniversary of the Barry Sheene FOS witnessed the first running of the Trans Tasman Challenge at Eastern Creek. There was a wide variety of historic racing classes including the Barry Sheene Memorial Race and the Paul Dobbs Memorial F750 race.

Incredibly, it was the Sidecar activities that captured my imagination, a contingent of New Zealand Sidecar racers only added to the spectacle!

The 'clickable' image opposite depicts #7, Baz on a Norton...

INTERN'. ISLAND CLASSIC, PI, 2011:

Irish Champion Ryan Farquhar, Isle of Man TT winner Cam Donald, MotoGP star Jeremy McWilliams, World Endurance Champions Steve Martin and Warwick Nowland, two times Australian Superbike Champion Malcolm Campbell and multiple Australian Champion Robbie Phillis indicated the level of riding talent entered in the Tahbilk International Challenge between Australia, the United Kingdom and the Anzacs/World 13.

There were 44 races and 270 listed rider entries on the program, truly a huge event on the Australian motorcycling calendar.

The 'clickable' image opposite depicts the winning Australian Team.

SIX HOUR GALLERIES, 1970~2010:

In my opinion the greatest annual Road Racing event in Australia, the Castrol Six Hour grew to major importance throughout the seventies and into the early eighties. Sadly it all ended in 1987.  In 2009 the concept was reinvented with Bel-Ray as the naming sponsor. The initial race was held at Oran Park and the subsequent race was held at Phillip Island!

The 'clickable' image opposite depicts 'Mr Six Hour', Ken Blake aboard a BMW R90S during the 1975 Castrol Six Hour at Amaroo Park, Sydney.

COCA COLA 800 - 1980:

A distance rather than timed event at Sydney's Oran Park, allowing the entry of standard, modified and works machinery. I believe the idea was a 'take off' of the Six Hour recipe with more liberal entry rules. A wide variety of machinery and some of Australia's best riders competed.

The 'clickable' image opposite depicts the winning team mates, Alan Decker and Mick Cole in 'secret' discussions...

SURFERS RACEWAY - 1978:

Surfers Paradise International Raceway located just behind the golden beaches of Surfers is sadly long gone, replaced by the urban sprawl of townhouses, golf links, whatever. It was a great race circuit and drag strip!

The 'clickable' image opposite depicts Warren Willing.

LAKESIDE, QUEENSLAND - 1976~'78:

Lakeside is a great circuit, located just north of Brisbane, Queensland, adjacent Lake Kurwongbah. The circuit fell into disrepair for many years and has now been resealed, hosting a wide variety of motorsport events.

Gregg Hansford, Ray Quincey, Murray and Geoff Sayle, Warren Willing, Jim Budd, Vaughan Coburn, Rick Perry, John Warrian, Stan Bayliss, Steve Bayliss and Alex Campbell to name a few had some great races there.

The 'clickable' image opposite depicts Gregg Hansford with Neville Doyle.

LAVERTON TT - 1976:

A real gamble to attract International Riders to a converted Australian Airbase in Melbourne (for the day), it nearly worked. Italian Superstar Giacomo Agostini (Ago), was very competitive but Ken Blake 'won' the Feature Race on the then new Suzuki 500!! An even more competitive event was the Unlimited between Gregg Hansford and Pat Hennen.

The 'clickable' image opposite depicts Ken Blake about to pass Ago to win the Senior TT!!

GREAT AUSSIE RIDERS:

I am covering the career and my imagery of Great Aussie Riders that are sadly no longer with us.

Initially I am developing dedicated pages covering the Motorcycling Careers of Bryan Hindle, Kenny Blake and Gregg Hansford.

The 'clickable' image opposite depicts one of the greats of Australian Road Racing, Bryan Hindle.

MISCELLANEOUS RIDERS IMAGES:

Various Solo and Sidecar images from Amaroo Park, Oran Park and Bathurst.

The 'clickable' image opposite depicts two of the greatest Australian Road Racers, Gregg Hansford and Bryan Hindle, dicing at Amaroo Park.

I LOVE NEW TECHNOLOGY, TABLETS, LAPTOPS, DIGITAL CAMERAS, MOBILE PHONES/WIRELESS BROADBAND, GPS, ETC.  ALL SO COOL AND 'PORTABLE'......


Copyright 2013   Derek J. Hanbidge,  (aka Deejay51),  all rights reserved.
Revised: August 25, 2013.

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