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Motocross Champion McLachlan

Queensland Motocross Champion Stewart McLachlan

1980 Jilliby Mr MX Stewart McLachlan (6) leads Anthony Gunter (NSW, 1) and Peter Benson (WA, 13, Maico) with insert
1980 Jilliby Mr MX Stewart McLachlan (6) leads Trevor Williams (5)
1980 Jilliby Mr Motocross winner Stewart McLachlan RIP

Photos: Queensland motocross champion Stewart McLachlan – Overall Round 2 Mr. MX winner at Jilliby (NSW); [Left] leading Anthony Gunter (NSW, 1) and Peter Benson (WA, 13, Maico); [centre]  leading Trevor Williams (VIC, 5) at the same event; and [right} a close up shot of the Suzuki rider (by David Goldsmith)

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Brian Fleming and Stewart McLachlan Queensland Championship
1980 Mr Motocross - Stewart McLachlan leads Stephen Gall and Darryl Willoughby in round 1 Broadford (VIC)

Queensland motocross champion, the late Stewart McLachlan was born on 1 March 1960.  The popular Suzuki rider was one of Australia’s leading motocross racers in the late 1970s, early 1980s.

A sensational performance by McLachlan in winning the second round of the prestigious Mr. Motocross (Mr. MX) at Jilliby (NSW) on 29 June 1980, put this young rider firmly in the national motocross spotlight.

McLachlan was already a multiple Queensland Motocross Champion, winning the 1977 State 125cc Championship and 1980 250cc title at Beenleigh.

1980 was his best year when he shot up the Mr. MX leader board into third, after winning the day at Jilliby, just 10 points off the new series leader Darryl Willoughby (Yamaha) on 67 points, who had just edged ahead of Trevor Williams (Kawasaki) on 64, with Stephen Gall tied with McLachlan in third on 57.

Unfortunately, after suffering the effects of a heavy crash at the Winternationals at Tivoli (QLD), McLachlan was unable to contest the next round of the series in Canberra, which was won by Stephen Gall who went on to win his second Mr. MX title.

With his Suzuki bikes prepared by ace tuner Phil Thew, McLachlan was one of the fastest starters in the business.

Sadly, on 28 February 1982 Stewart crashed while leading a motocross race in front of the entire field in Bundaberg (QLD) and was hit from behind and fatally injured during the accident.

Photos: [Top] Stewart McLachlan (1) and  Brian Fleming (28) battling for the lead in the 1980 State Queensland 250cc Championship at Beenleigh; and [bottom] McLachlan leads Stephen Gall and Darryl Willoughby in round 1 of the 1980 Mr. MX series at Broadford (VIC).

Photo gallery - Stewart McLachlan at 1979 National titles in WA

1979 Australian Championships Wanneroo - Terry Wigzell SA 250cc leads Stewart McLachlan
250cc race S1 - By Peter Kitchingman

Photos: [left] 1979 Australian Motocross Championships Wanneroo – Stewart McLachlan leading Terry Wigzell  (S1, SA Honda) and Alex Cairnduff (89, WA Husqvarna) in Moto 1 of the 250cc class on his Suzuki;  Wigzell and McLachlan still battling for position [centre] and in moto 2 [right] (By Peter Kitchingman)

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