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Australian Motocross Championship List 350cc

Australian Motocross Championship List 350cc

Australian Motocross Championship List 350cc Class

AMXH Australian Motocross Champions List - Poster - 350cc Class - Peter Nicol

Western Australian rider Peter Nicol won both the 350cc and Unlimited classes on a B.S.A. machine at the 1955 Australian Motocross Championships, which were held at the famous Rope Works circuit in Mosman Park, WA.

The most successful 350cc racers in the history of the Australian Motocross Championships

1953 to 1974

Back in 2011, Dirt Bike Action magazine ran a feature story titled Home-grown heroes. 

It took a look at the history of Australian Motocross and published a list of the most successful racers in the history of the Australian Championships.

The system
The following points system was used to generate the Top 10 list.  

The top three overall results in each class for each year of each championship were counted – allocating:

  • three points for the win
  • two for second and
  • one for third.

Thanks to your support, we now have a complete list of all the Australian Motocross Champions and have updated the Most Successful Racer’s List from the very first Australian Championship in 1953 up to today.

This page features the results for the 350cc class which was held between 1953 to 1974.  

National Championships were not held for the 350cc class between 1969 to 1973 due to dwindling numbers. 

But it was held for a final time at Cosy Creek in Manjimup (WA) in 1974, with numbers strong in that State.

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The most successful 350cc racers

Gordon Renfree Australian Champion 350cc - 1950-60s

Four times Australian Motocross Champion Gordon Renfree (WA) was the most successful 350cc racer and won this championship in 1968

1st
Gordon Renfree (WA)
points

Equal 2nd
John Burrows (VIC)
Ken Rumble (VIC)
8 points

Equal 4th
Charlie West (WA)
Peter Nicol (WA)
7 points

6th
John Mapperson (VIC)
6 points

7th
Alan Nicol (WA)
5 points

Equal 8th
Bill Watson (WA)
Clarrie Stewart (QLD)
Graeme Green (WA)
Matt Daley (NSW)
Ray Turner (TAS)
Roy East (NSW)
3 points

AMXH All time greats No 7 - Charlie West

Western Australian rider Charlie West dominated the 350cc class in the late fifties, winning two championships

1963 Australian Runner-up 250cc Champion John Burrows on a Cotton

1963 Australian 350cc Motocross Champion John Burrows (VIC) finished second overall in this class

Ken Rumble Australian Motocross Champion

Ken Rumble (VIC) won the Australian 350cc Championship  in 1954 and 1960

Riders to win the most 350cc Championships

Peter Nicol (WA) 2
John Mapperson (VIC)  2
Ken Rumble (VIC) 2
Charlie West (WA) 2

1963 British Scramble - Charlie West (R) with Tim Gibbes NZ

Two-times Australian 350cc Motocross Champion (right) Charlie West with Tim Gibbes at the 1963 British Scramble.

Riders to win successive 350cc Championships

Peter Nicol  (1955-56)
John Mapperson (1965-66)

Ray East 1959 Australian 350cc Motocross Champion

New South Wales rider Roy East won the Australian 350cc Motocross Championship in 1959

Two-times Australian 350cc Motocross Champion (32) John Mapperson chasing Ray Fisher

Victorian rider John Mapperson  (32), who is chasing Ray Fisher,  won two Australian 350cc Championships

1956 - Peter Nicol, WA on his way to victory on a BSA in the 350cc class at the Australian Scramble Championships at Moorebank, Sydney on 27 May 1956

Peter Nicol (21, WA) on his way to victory in the 350cc Australian Scramble Championships at Moorebank, Sydney on 27 May 1956

Australian
350cc
Motocross Champions

1953  John Burrows (VIC)
1954  Ken Rumble (VIC)
1955  Peter Nicol (WA)
1956  Peter Nicol (WA)
1957  Clarrie Stewart (QLD)
1958  Charlie West (WA)
1959  Roy East (NSW)
1960  Ken Rumble (VIC)
1961  Charlie West (WA)
1962  Alan Nicol (WA)

1963  John Burrows (VIC)
1964  Ray Turner (TAS)
1965  John Mapperson (VIC)
1966  John Mapperson (VIC)
1967  Matt Daley (NSW)
1968  Gordon Renfree (WA)
1969 – 1973  Class not held
1974  Graeme Green (WA)

 

Australian 350cc Champion Alan Nicol - Portrait

1962 Australian 350cc Champion, Alan Nicol from Western Australia. His brother Peter won two titles in this class.

The most successful 350cc racers
(by State)

1963 Australian Runner-up 250cc Champion John Burrows on a Cotton

John Burrows tied with Ken Rumble as Victoria’s highest point-scorer in the 350cc class

WA
1. Gordon Renfree, 9 points
2. Charlie West, 7
     Peter Nicol

VIC
1. John Burrows, 8
     Ken Rumble
3. John Mapperson, 6

 

NSW
1. Matt Daley, 3
    Roy East
3. Gerry Vial, 1
    Jim Airey

TAS
1. Ray Turner, 3
   
H. Morice, 2

 

QLD
1. Clarrie Stewart, 3

SA
1. Les Jesser, 2
    Ray Trevena
3. Jim Silvy, 1
    K. Almond
    Ray Christie, 1

More Australian Championship results and photos

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Number of 350cc Championship wins by manufacturer

1952 Ken Rumble on the Walsh Bantam, winning the Victorian all powers title at St Helena

BSA 12 wins
Husqvarna 2
Matchless 1
Maico 1
AJS 1

B.S.A. rider Ken Rumble (left) with his mechanic.  The British manufacturer clearly dominated this class with 12 wins

Other Australian Champions (by class)

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