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Australian Motocross Championships Launceston 1958

Australian Motocross Championships Launceston 1958

Australian Motocross Championships Launceston

18 may 1958, evansdale, launceston - tasmania
In 1958 Charlie West won both the Australian Unlimited and 350cc Championships in Launceston, Tasmania
Australian 350cc Champion Alan Nicol

Photo: [Left] Western Australian rider Charlie West won both the Unlimited and 350cc Australian Motocross Championships in Tasmania in 1958.  He was on track for a third in the 500cc class, but both West and fellow WA rider Alan Nicol [right] crashed out while vying for the lead in that class in slippery conditions

West recovers from serious injury to dominate Tasmania's first Australian Motocross titles in 1958

Western Australian rider Charlie West was the standout rider at the Australian Motocross Championships at Evansdale, Launceston on 18 May 1958 – the first ever National motocross  titles held in Tasmania.

West won both the prestigious All Powers (Unlimited) and 350cc classes on B.S.A. machines.

He was on track for a third in the 500cc class, but crashed with fellow WA rider Alan Nicol, the younger brother of Peter, while vying for the lead in that class in slippery conditions.

Only 12 mainland riders attended the meeting due to the travel costs and time, and only three existing National champions – West (WA), Ken Richards (VIC) and Clarrie Stewart (QLD).

Two of the country’s top riders – Victorian George Bailey (five-times Australian Champion) and Western Australian Peter Nicol (three-times) were both unavailable due to the pressures of work. 

Neither were to contest the National titles again.

West had now won three National titles, winning his first in 1956 in the Unlimited class at the Moorebank Army Camp in Sydney, but was unable to contest the 1957 titles at Amberley in Queensland.

That year he had a near-fatal stock-bike accident at Claremont Speedway, where he sustained multiple injuries to his head and body, showing in Tasmania that he had made a full recovery.

West won the Unlimited class ahead of John Burrows (Vic, A.J.S.) and Jim Silvy (SA, B.S.A.).

Silvy won his first Australian title in the 500cc class on a Matchless machine when West and Nicol took each other out, and finished third in the 350cc class (B.S.A.), behind West and Nicol, capping off a great championship.

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Locals become Tasmania's first Australian Motocross Champions

Local riders Alan Lee and Alan Atkins became the first Tasmanians to win an Australian Motocross Championship in the 125cc and 250cc classes, respectively.

Atkins – in only his fourth motocross competition – won the 250cc Championship, becoming the first rider to win a National title on a two-stroke machine.

Atkins rode a Puch 250 SGS (Schwing-Gabel-Sport), which was manufactured by the Austrian Steyr Daimler Puch AG’s Puch division in Thondorf near Graz. The motorcycle is powered by a split-single two-stroke engine (two pistons sharing a single combustion chamber).

Lee, riding a B.S.A. machine, and Peter Grocott (WA, D.O.T.) finished second and third behind Atkins in the 250cc class, with the numbers finishing low due to crashes on the slippery circuit.

Reigning Australian 125cc Champion Ken Richards (VIC, B.S.A.) was on track to retain his title, but finished in second behind local Lee (B.S.A.) after the handlebars on his bike came loose. 

Due to the slippery conditions, only three riders finished the event, which was held over eight laps of the 900-yard circuit.

Victorian Team - Bauers and Wilson - win both Sidecar titles

1958 Australian 500cc and Unlimited Sidecar Champions - Lionel Bauers and Ray Wilson, Victoria - Norton Outfit

In the sidecars, Victorian team Lionel Bauers and Ray Wilson had two easy victories on their Norton outfit after reigning Australian 500cc sidecar champion Clive Smit, after entering for the Tasmanian event, had to cancel at the last minute due to interstate business.

In the Unlimited Sidecar class, G.Martin (A.J.S.) and J. Sutcliffe (B.S.A) finished second and third behind Bauers. Sutcliffe was second in the 500cc Sidecar class, with there being no other finishes on the muddy Evansdale circuit.

Victorians Lionel Bauers and Ray Wilson won  both the Australian 500cc and Unlimited Sidecar Championships in  1958, in slippery conditions at the Evansdale circuit in Launceston

1958 Australian Motocross Championship Results

Photo: South Australian rider Jim Silvy won the Australian 500cc Motocross Championship on a Matchless machine

1958 - Jim Silvy, SA – Australian 500cc Motocross Champion

125cc

1 Alan Lee (TAS, B.S.A.)
2 Ken Richards (VIC, B.S.A.)
3 George Rowling (B.S.A.)

250cc

1 Alan Atkins (TAS, Puch)
2 Alan Lee (TAS, B.S.A.)
3 Peter Groucott (WA, D.O.T.)

350cc

1 Charlie West (WA, B.S.A.)
2 Allan Nicol (WA, B.S.A.)
3 Jim Silvy (SA, B.S.A.) 

500cc

1 Jim Silvy (SA, Matchless)
2 Clarry Stewart (QLD, Matchless)
3 B. Haythorpe (Triumph) 

Unlimited

1 Charlie West (WA, B.S.A.)
2 John Burrows (VIC, A.J.S)
3 Jim Silvy (SA, B.S.A.) 

500cc Sidecars

1 Lionel Bauers – Ray Wilson (VIC, Norton)
2 J. Sutcliffe (B.S.A.)
No Other Finishers

Unlimited Sidecars

1 Lionel Bauers – Ray Wilson (VIC, Norton)
2 G. Martin (A.J.S.)
3 J. Sutcliffe (B.S.A.)

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