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NSW Motocross Clubs

NSW Motocross Clubs

Click on the button below to find out what local motocross events are planned , what you or your children need to do to race, and where your local club is located.

History of NSW motocross clubs

1923 Indian Scout motor cycle

Motorcycling NSW (formerly the Auto Cycle Union of New South Wales) formed in 1923 – the year this India Scout motor bike was released.

Charlie West and his father at Moorebank in 1961 when he won the 250 and 350cc Australian titles

Charlie West’s proud father at Moorebank in 1961 after West won both the 250cc and 350cc Australian Championships

Stephen Gall finally broke through in 1980 to win both the Australian 250cc and 500cc titles at Dargle NSW

New South Wales has produced some of the country’s top motocross riders including five-times Australian Champion Stephen Gall

Motorcycle races have been run by local clubs across Australia for over 100 years. 

The Motor Cycle Club of New South Wales was the first to form to administer the sport in this State in 1903.

During and after World War One there was a rapid development of motorcycles.  By 1923, motorcycles on the road were common and several clubs started to emerge.

Originally, clubs were confined to one make of motorcycle, like the A.J.S. Motor Cycle Club.  But in New South Wales it became the norm to name clubs after areas or towns (eg. Bathurst), or districts (eg. Western Suburbs).

Recognising the need to better organise and coordinate motorcycling events in New South Wales, Motorcycling NSW (formerly the Auto Cycle Union of New South Wales) was formed in Sydney on 5 May 1923.

Throughout the history of the sport New South Wales has produced some of the country’s top motocross riders including Stephen Gall, Glen Bell, Craig Dack, Kim Ashkenazi and more.

But in the early days, NSW had a different motorcycling culture to WA and Victoria and focused on road racing.

A scrambles scene did exist, on tracks like Glenfield, near Liverpool, and Holdsworthy. However, it was the building of the circuit in the army grounds at Moorebank, on the shores of the Georges River, that really kicked the sport into the bigtime. 

The R.A.E.M.E. Army Motorcycle Club ran the circuit and held its first meeting in May 1954, in front of a crowd of 5000. The venue was an instant success, and the club would go onto host two Australian Motocross Championships – on 27 May 1956 and 3 September 1961.

Since then, New South Wales clubs have regularly hosted Australian Championships and rounds under the Nation series, running successful events at Woolongong (1967), Foster Park (1973), Dargle (1980) and Newcastle (1986).

This page is still under construction and below will feature historic motocross club stories and photos.  If you would like to help capture and preserve your club’s history for future generations, then email: amxhistory@outlook.com

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Historic New South Wales motocross club circuits and events

R.A.E.M.E. Army

Circuits: Moorebank

Photo: 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

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

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Want to coordinate historic motocross information for your State?

The MXHistory website is looking for coordinators across Australia to help preserve the historic motocross information in each State.  If you would like to be the coordinator for your State, then please contact me direct.  

Ideally, someone who is passionate about the sport and has a connection to the motocross fraternity, and with some spare time capacity would be great.  Alternatively, if you like researching and preserving history, you may be interested in contribution.  I can guide you and assist.  

To nominate for these roles, or if you have any queries, please email: amxhistory@outlook.com or call me on 0423 789 009.

AMXH Author - John Steyntjes

AMXHistory Author John Steyntjes

Australian Motocross History