Australian Motocross History

SA Motocross Clubs

SA 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 SA motocross clubs

South Australia hosted its first motorcycle race in 1902  – the year this Bowden motor cycle  was released

1971 Australian Championships Clarendon SA - Crowd of over 10000

More than 10,000 spectators attended the Australian Motocross Championships at Clarendon in South Australia in 1971

Tribute to Murray Williams and Wayne Kearvell - Australian Sidecar Champions

South Australian sidecar legend Murray Williams has won more Australian rider, including the solo classes

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

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 across the country were confined to one make of motorcycle, like the Levis Motor Cycle Club in SA.  But in in this State it became the norm to name clubs after areas or towns (eg. Port Lincoln), or districts.

The first recorded motor cycling meeting in SA was on 11 October 1902 at the Adelaide Oval, conducted by the League of Wheelmen.

Recognising the need to better organise and coordinate motorcycling events in South Australia,  the Automobile and Motorcycle Club of South Australia was formed in October 1903.

The alliance with the car fraternity was an unhappy one, so in March 1911 the Motor Cycling Club of South Australia was formed.

In September 1952 the Auto Cycle Union of SA (ACUSA), the precursor of Motorcycling SA, was formed and this organisation, which affiliated to the national body, became the controller of motorcycle sport in South Australia.

Throughout the history of the sport SA has produced some of the country’s top motocross riders including David Basham, Darryl Willoughby, Graham Burford and more.

But South Australian teams have dominated the sidecar class over the years producing three legends across three different eras – Murray Williams (1960s to 1970s), Barry Buckley (1970s to 1980s) and John Robinson (1980s to 2020s).

South Australia held the country’s second Australian Motocross Championships at Sheidow Park, Adelaide on 8 August 1954.

Since then, SA has regularly hosted Australian Championships and rounds under the Nation series, running successful events at Royal Park (1959), Clarendon (1965 and 1971) and Acusa Park (1977, 1983 and 1989).

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:

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Historic SA motocross club circuits and events


Circuits: Silver Sands

Photo: The Levis MCC was formed in September 1922 and annually ran the Sellicks Beach Speed Trials at Silver Sands up until 1953

Levis Motor Cycle Club - Sellicks Beach Race


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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: or call me on 0423 789 009.

AMXH Author - John Steyntjes

AMXHistory Author John Steyntjes

Australian Motocross History