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Australian International Motocross Series 1970s

AUSTRALIAN INTERNATIONAL motocross series 1970s (hosted by auto cycle council of Australia)
1971 International Motocross Herne Hill - Jim Aird Scotland - By Tony Forsyth
1971 Jim Aird Scotland at Herne Hill
1971 Jim Aird Scotland at Herne Hill 3 - Photos Tony Forsyth

Photos: Five-times Scottish Champion Jim Aird  won the opening round of the 1971 International Motocross Series  at Herne Hill (CZ, WA) and led the overall 8-round series up to the final round  at Tivoli (Queensland), where he was pipped on a countback by Kiwi Ivan Milller (Photos: Tony Forsythe)

Australia hosts it own International motocross series in the 1970s

After Gibbes ran his last series in 1969/70, Australia continued to run its own international tours into the early seventies, with the Auto Cycle Council of Australia (ACCA) collaborating with the local state bodies and adopting the same format.

The first round of the 1971 International Motocross Series was held on 29 August at the Herne Hill circuit on the outskirts of Perth (WA) and attracted huge publicity, being filmed live on television by Channel 7.

That year the international riders included Jim Aird (Scotland), Randy and Rowley Owen (England), Australian and New Zealand Champion Ivan Miller (NZ) and Australian Champion Gary Flood (Victoria), and Laurie Alderton (NSW).

Jim Aird won the event on a 400cc Husqvarna (8 points) ahead of Ivan Miller (Husqvarna, 6) and Randy Owen (CZ, 4).  Victoria’s Gary Flood was the first Australian rider home (Bultaco, 3) ahead of WA rider Graeme Smythe (CZ, 2).  

The other local riders to finish in the points at Herne Hill were Philip Bruce, Richie Kings, Alan Reid, Doug Underwood and Laurie Johnson.

WA held two rounds that year, with Round 2 being held on 5 September at Manjimup, in the South West before heading over east to Mount Lofty (SA) on 12 September, Christmas Hills (VIC) and Mount Kembla (NSW) on 10 October.

The results were almost identical at Manjimup with Aird again winning over Kiwi Miller with these riders battling it out through to the final round at Tivolli in Queensland.  Miller took out the series on a countback, after tying with Aird on 44 points.

A documentary was made of this series, mostly featuring the Herne Hill round, which has now been converted to digital by the AMX History website for you to view – see video below.

These ACCA international events continued through the 1970s, but in 1972 the event was overshadowed by another international motocross series in Australia.

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2M trailer – Introducing 1971 International riders at Herne Hill, WA

1971 International Motocross Herne Hill - Perry Lakes promotion Ivan Miller and Jimmy Aird
Jim Aird - Manjimup - International Motocross Winner

Photos: Ivan Miller (NZ) leads Jim Aird (Scotland) in a wheel-standing competition in front of 40,000 people at Perry Lakes stadium in Perth. The riders were promoting the 1971 International Motocross event at a big birthday party to celebrate Micky Mouse’s 40th birthday; [right] Jim Aird, pictured here at Manjimup on 5 September, won the opening two rounds in WA, going  on to finish second in the overall Australian series behind Kiwi Ivan Miller.

Round 1 Herne Hill - Video and race program

12M documentary – 1971 Australian International Motocross Tour, Round 1 Herne Hill, WA

2M trailer – The international race at
Herne Hill, WA in 1971 

Photo gallery

1971 International Motocross Herne Hill - Ivan Miller's Husqvarna

New Zealand and Australian Champion Ivan Miller’s Husqvarna machine in 1971

1971 International Motocross Herne Hill - Start line

Great Britain’s Tony Owen at the start of the International race at Herne Hill, near Perth,  in 1971

1971 International Motocross Herne Hill - Race winner Jimmy Aird, Scotland gets his trophy from celebrity Alexander the Great

Winner of the 1971 round at Herne Hill Jim Aird (Scotland) accepts his trophy from WA celebrity Alexander the Great

Round 1 Results - Herne Hill (WA)
28 August 1971

Photo:  International series leader Jim Aird in action at Herne Hill, WA.

 Overall points
1. Jim Aird (Scotland) 8 pts
2. Ivan Miller (NZ) 6 pts
3. Randy Owen (England) 4 pts
4. Gary Flood (Victoria) 3 pts
5. Philip Bruce (WA) 2 pts, Doug Underwood (WA), Alan Reid (WA) 2pts
6. Laurie Johnson (WA, 1)

1971 International Motocross Herne Hill - Race winner Jimmy Aird, Scotland

Round 2 Results - Manjimup WA
5 September 1971

Photo:  NSW rider Laurie Alderton was sixth overall at the second round at Manjimup.

 Overall points
1. Jim Aird (Scotland, 16 points)
2. Ivan Miller (NZ, 12)
3. Randy Owen (UK, 8)
4. Gary Flood (VIC, 6)
5. Phil Bruce (WA, 3)
6. Laurie Alderton (NSW), Ritchie Kings (WA), Alan Reid (WA), Doug Underwood (WA) 2

1971 International Motocross - Laurie Alderton NSW

Round 3 Results Mount Lofty SA
12 September 1971

Photo:  After 3 rounds, Victorian rider Gary Flood was in fourth overall on his Bultaco.

 Overall points
1. Jim Aird (Scotland, 22 points)
2. Ivan Miller (NZ, 20)
3. Randy Owen (UK, 11)
4. Gary Flood (VIC, 6)
5. Phil Bruce (WA, 3)
6. Laurie Alderton (NSW), Ritchie Kings (WA), Alan Reid (WA), Doug Underwood (WA)
10. Laurie Johnson (WA, 1)

Gary Flood Christmas Hills

Final Round 8 Results Tivolli QLD
12 September 1971

Photo:  Kiwi Ivan Miller won the overall series at Tivolli on a countback, after tying on points with Jim Aird  (Scotland)

 Overall points
1. Ivan Miller (NZ, 44)
2. 
Jim Aird (Scotland, 44 points)
3. Randy Owen (UK, 26)
4. Gary Flood (VIC, 24)

1971 Australian Championships - Ivan Miller headshot

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