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Australian Motocross Champion Vaughan Style

1984 Mr Motocross Vaughan Style leads Jeff Leisk
1984 Mr Motocross podium Jeff Leisk, Vaughan Style and Marty Moates
Vaughan Style - two-times King of the Cross winner - 1983 and 1984

Photos: [Clockwise from top LHS]  Honda riders Vaughan Style (NSW) and  Jeff Leisk (WA) 1-2 during the 1984 Mr. MX series; Style finished second to Leisk in the series that year – pictured here with the late Marty Moates (USA); and Style  – back-to-back winner  of the King of the Cross  at Southern Cross in WA  (1983-84).

Motocross Champion Style, a quiet achiever in the '80s

New South Wales rider Vaughan Style was one of Australia’s top motocross riders in the mid-1980s. 

Style first started racing motocross in the 1970s, winning the New South Wales Junior 125cc Championship in 1978.  He moved into seniors the following year and, after finishing second in the prestigious Mr. Motocross series in 1984 behind Honda team mate Jeff Leisk, won the 1986 Australian 250cc Motocross Championship at Newcastle (NSW).

His breakthrough winning performance at the Barleigh Ranch circuit in Newcastle was over Australian Motocross legend Glen Bell (NSW, Yamaha) and Robert Scott (NSW, Honda), where he also finished third in the 500cc class behind Craig Dack (NSW, Honda) and Jimmy Ellis (USA, KTM).

Throughout his career, Style finished on the winners podium five times at the National titles.  In 1982 he was third in the 250cc class at Toowoomba (QLD) and in 1984 he was second and third, respectively, in the 500cc and 250cc classes at Broadford (VIC).

1984 was a big year for Style!  As well as finishing twice on the podium at the Australian Motocross Championships and second in Mr. MX, he won back-to-back King of the Cross titles in the remote Southern Cross gold mining town.  In doing so, he became the first rider to win the gold bars (in 1983 and 1984) when they were actually mined from the Carnicelli Park motocross circuit.

And to cap of the season, he represented Australia in the World Motocross des Nations at Varberg, Sweden.  Style, along with Stephen Gall (NSW, Yamaha), David Armstrong (QLD, Honda) and Trevor Williams (VIC, Kawasaki) created history over the 15-16 September 1984 weekend becoming the first riders to compete for Australia in this World Teams event.

After being crowned the 1986 Australian 250cc Champion, Style was initially selected to represent Australia in the MXDN’s team at Maggiora, Italy (see photo below).  However, possibly due to injury, Queenslander David Armstrong ended up riding the 500c class in Italy, joining Craig Dack (Honda, 250cc) and Glen Bell (Yamaha 125cc) with the Australians finishing seventh.

Throughout his racing career, Style rode for these teams: Ric Andrews Motorcycles (Honda & Yamaha), Team Bennett Honda (Honda), Brian Collins Motorcycles (Honda) and Suttos Motorcycle Supplies (Husaberg).

After retiring from professional racing in 1987, Vaughan Style returned to the sport through the Thumper Nationals series in the late 1990s – three-times winning the Australian Championship in the over 35 Vets class (1999, 2000, 2001).

Around this time, Style also competed in National enduro events – winning the 250-400 4-stroke class at the 1992 A4DE, as well as a Gold Medal in the 1992 Six Day event.

 

1978 New South Wales Junior 125cc Motocross Champion - Vaughan Style
Vaughan Style adverts for O'Neal

Photos: [Left] Vaughan Style – 1978 New South Wales Junior 125cc Motocross Champion aboard a Yamaha; [centre] In 1986 Style was selected to represent  Australia in the 1986 Motocross des Nations Team  in Italy, alongside  Glen Bell (125cc) and Craig Dack (250cc), but David Armstrong ended up taking his place  in the 500cc class – most likely due to injury; and [right] Style in an advertisement for O’Neil motocross racing clothing, one of his many sponsors.

Style's key motocross career highlights

Vaughan Style - 1986 Australian 250cc Motocross Champion

Vaughan Style – 1986 Australian 250cc Motocross Champion

1978
New South Wales Junior 125cc Champion

1979
3rd New South Wales 250cc Championship

1982
3rd Australian 250cc Championship (Toowoomba, QLD)
4th Mr. Motocross National Series

1983
King of the Cross (Southern Cross, WA)
New South Wales Junior 250cc Champion
6th Mr. Motocross National Series

1984
2nd Mr. Motocross National Series
King of the Cross (Southern Cross, WA)
2nd Australian 500cc Championship (Broadford, VIC)
3rd Australian 250cc Championship

New South Wales 250cc Champion
New South Wales 500cc Champion
2nd Bunbury Supercross (WA)
1st Gaythorne 500 (QLD)
Represented Australia at Trophy Des Nations (Sweden)

1986
Australian 250cc Champion (Newcastle NSW)
3rd Australian 500cc Championship

1999
Australian Champion Thumper Nat’s (over 35 Vets class)

2000
Australian Champion Thumper Nat’s (over 35 Vets class)

2011
Australian Champion Thumper Nat’s (over 35 Vets class)

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1982 Australian Championships Toowoomba (QLD) 250cc class

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