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Australian Motocross Championship List Unlimited Class

Australian Motocross Championship List Unlimited Class

Australian Motocross Championship List Unlimited Class

1967 Australian Motocross Championships - Ray Fisher leads Laurie Alderton in the 500cc class

Ray Fisher (VIC, 33) leads Laurie Alderton (590, NSW) and Glen Britza (23, WA) in the  Unlimited class at the 1967 Australian Motocross Championships in Mount Kembla, Woolongong (NSW).

The most successful Unlimited racers in the history of the Australian Motocross Championships

1953 to 1980

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 Australian Motocross Champions and have updated the Most Successful Racer’s List from the very first Australian Championship in 1953 up to today

The Unlimited Class was held from the very beginning in 1953 through to 1980.

Victorian rider Ken Rumble won the first Unlimited Championship at Korweinguboora – Daylesford, winning three classes that day in wet and muddy conditions.

Stephen Gall (NSW) won the last Unlimited Championship at Dargle in 1980 ahead of 
Andrew Bailey (QLD) and Robert Woodward (WA).

In the early days the Unlimited class was known as “All Powers”.  It was the premier class as the Championship was open all riders on any size machine.

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The most successful Unlimited class racers

Burrows and West - Unlimited Motocross Champions

[L-R] Charlie West (WA) tied with John Burrows (VIC) as Australia’s most successful rider in the Unlimited class

Equal 1st
Charlie West (WA)
John Burrows (VIC) 
9 points

Equal 3rd
Graeme Smythe (WA)
Ray Fisher (VIC)

8 points

5th
5 Peter Nicol (WA)
7 points

Equal 6th
Ivan Miller (NZ)
Trevor Flood (VIC)
6 points

Equal 8th
Anthony Gunter (NSW)
Dave Basham (SA)
Gary Adams (VIC)
Gary Flood (VIC)
John Mapperson (VIC)
Ken Rumble (VIC)
Matt Daley (NSW)
5 points

14th
Graham Burford (SA)
4
 points

Equal 15th
Alan Nicol (WA)
Don Russell (WA)
Gaston Rahier (Belgium)
George Bailey (VIC)
Gordon Renfree (WA)
Ian Gaff (VIC)
Neville Cutts (WA)
Stephen Gall (NSW)
3 points

Five-times Australian Motocross Champion George Bailey leads John Burrows in a scramble during the 1950s

1957 Unlimited Australian Champion – George Bailey (VIC) leads John Burrows , who went on to win the 1965 title in this class

1978 Australian Unlimited Mr Motocross Champion Graeme Smythe

Western Australian rider Graeme Smythe won the 1978 Unlimited Championship at Broadford in Victoria

1971 Australian Championships - Ivan Miller racing

Kiwi  rider Ivan Miller blitzed a star-studded International line-up to win  the Unlimited (and 500cc) Championships at Clarendon (SA) in 1971

Riders to win the most Unlimited Championships

Charlie West  (WA) 3
Ray Fisher (VIC) 2
Trevor Flood (VIC) 2

Riders to win successive Unlimited Championships

Charlie West (WA, 1958 – 1959)
Ray Fisher (VIC, 1967 – 1968)

Charlie West Australian Champion 1950-60s

Charlie West (WA) won three Unlimited Australian Motocross Championships – the most of any competitor

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

Ray Fisher (VIC) tied for third place overall in the Unlimited Class with Graeme Smythe (WA) and won successive titles in 1967-68.

Trevor Flood Unlimited Australian Champion

Victorian rider Trevor Flood  won two Australian Championships in the Unlimited class – in 1974 (Manjimup, WA) and 1976 (Tivoli, QLD).

Australian
Unlimited Class
Motocross Champions

1979 Australian Motocross Championships Wanneroo - All Power winner Nevile Cutts on third place getter Graeme Smythe's shoulders

Neville Cutts celebrates his Australian Unlimited Championship  at Wanneroo (WA) in 1979 –  riding the works Suzuki ,which Anthony Gunter  won the Mr MX series on that year.  Gunther finished second to Cutts at Wanneroo.

1953 Ken Rumble (VIC)
1954 Class not held
1955 Peter Nicol (WA)
1956 Charlie West (WA)
1957 George Bailey (VIC)
1958 Charlie West (WA)
1959 Charlie West (WA)
1960 Graham Burford (SA)
1961 Class not held
1962 Alan Nicol (WA)

1963 Gordon Renfree (WA)
1964 Ian Gaff (VIC)
1965 John Burrows (VIC)
1966 John Mapperson (VIC)
1967 Ray Fisher (VIC)
1968 Ray Fisher (VIC)
1969 Gary Flood (VIC)
1970 Matt Daley (NSW)
1971 Ivan Miller (NZ)
1972 Gary Adams (VIC)

1973 Dave Basham (SA)
1974 Trevor Flood (VIC)
1975 Gaston Rahier (Belgium)
1976 Trevor Flood (VIC)
1977 Anthony Gunter (NSW)
1978 Graeme Smythe (WA)
1979 Neville Cutts (WA)
1980 Stephen Gall (NSW)

Video
1978 Australian Championships

Western Australian rider Graeme Smythe winning the Unlimited  Australian Motocross Championships at Broadford in Victoria.

The most successful Unlimited class racers (by State)

Anthony Gunter - Headshot

Anthony Gunter (pictured) and  Matt Daley were NSW’s highest point scorers in the Unlimited class

WA
1. Charlie West, 9
2. Graeme Smythe, 8
3. Peter Nicol, 7

VIC
1. John Burrows, 9
2. Ray Fisher, 8
3. Trevor Flood, 6

 

NSW
1. Anthony Gunter, 5
2. Matt Daley, 5
3. Stephen Gall, 3

SA
1. Dave Basham, 5
2. Graham Burford, 4
3. Rob Voumard, 2

QLD
1. Andrew Bailey, 2
2. Clarrie Stewart, 1

TAS
1. Ray Turner, 1

 

More Australian Championship results and photos

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The complete Australian Motocross Champions List

Souvenir Australian Unlimited Champions poster

Number of Unlimited Championship wins by manufacturer

Australian Motocross Champion Peter Nicol

Multiple Australian Motocross Champion Peter Nicol winning B.S.A.’s first championship in the Unlimited class in 1955 at the Rope Works circuit in Mosman Park, Western Australia

1.  B.S.A, 9 wins
2.  Bultaco, 3
     Matchless
     Suzuki
     Yamaha
6.  Triumph, 1
     C.Z.

Unlimited Championship Timeline

1953

Ken Rumble wins the first Unlimited title on a Matchless machine at the inaugural Australian Motocross Championships at Korweinguboora in Daylesford, Victoria. 

1955

Peter Nicol (WA) wins B.S.A.’s first championship in the Unlimited class in 1955 at the Rope Works circuit in Mosman Park, Western Australia.

1957

George Bailey (VIC) wins Triumph’s first Australian Championship in the Unlimited class

1958

Charlie West (WA) wins his first of three Australian Championships in the Unlimited class at Evansdale, Launceston in Tasmania.

1959

Charlie West retains his Unlimited crown winning successive Australian Championships in the Unlimited class

1965

Victorian rider John Burrows wins B.S.A.’s ninth and final Australian Championship in the Unlimited class at Clarendon in South Australia.

1968

Ray Fisher (VIC) retains his Unlimited crown winning successive Australian Championships in the Unlimited class

1970

Matt Daley (NSW) wins C.Z.’s first Australian Championship in the Unlimited class at Tivoli Park, Ipswich (QLD)

1971

New Zealand Champion rider Ivan Miller blitzes a star-studded International line-up to win  the Unlimited (and 500cc) Championships at Clarendon (SA)

1976

Victorian rider Trevor Flood  wins his second Australian Championships in the Unlimited class at Tivoli in Queensland.

1977

New South Wales rider Anthony Gunter wins the Unlimited Australian Championship aboard a Suzuki, finishing the first moto in third riding most of the race on a flat tyre.

1979

Neville Cutts wins the 1979 Australian Unlimited Championship at Wanneroo (WA) riding the works Suzuki, which Anthony Gunter won the Mr MX series on that year. 

1980

New South Wales rider Stephen Gall wins the final Unlimited Australian Championship in 1980, held at Dargle in New South Wales.

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