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Victorian Motocross Clubs

Victorian 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 Victorian motocross clubs

1926 Norton M18 500cc motorcycle

The A.J.S. Motorcycle Club organised Australia’s first ever scramble at Waverley in 1926, the year this Norton was manufactured

Ken Rumble at the 1953 Australian Championships in Korweinguboora, Victoria

Victoria hosted the inaugural Australian Motocross Championship at Korweinguboora – Daylesford on 14 November 1953. 

Andrew McFarlane - Second in the 500cc World Grand Prix Broadford 2001

Victoria hosted the 500cc Round of the World  Motocross Championships in 2000  and 2001 at Broadford

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

The Victorian Motor Cycle Club was the first to form to administer the sport in this State in 1906.

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 Victoria it became the norm to name clubs after towns (eg. Horsham), or districts (eg. Castlemaine and Distircts).

Recognising the need to better organise and coordinate motorcycling events in Victoria, Motorcycling Victoria (formerly the Auto Cycle Union of Victoria) was formed in 1928.

Two years earlier, Victoria hosted the first ever motocross (scrambling) event in Australia in 1926.

Then on 14 November 1953, Victoria was first again – hosting the inaugural Australian Motocross Championships at Korweinguboora, in Daylesford.

Victoria has played a big part in the history of motocross in Australia.

In 2000, Victoria hosted a round of the World 500cc Motocross Championships at Broadford, the second ever International Grand Prix in this country.  

The first was held at Manjimup, Western Australia in 1993, when the Manjimup Motor Cycle Club hosted a World 125cc Grand Prix at the Cosy Creek circuit.

Due to the success of the Australian 2000 Grand Prix, Victoria won the rights to host the 2001 event.  But this included all classes under the new FIM format introduced that year.

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 Victorian motocross club circuits and events

Hartwell

Circuits: Christmas Hills

Photo: In 1966 the Hartwell Motor Cycle Club hosted the Australian Motorcross Champinships at Christmas Hills, in Victoria

From Scrambling to Motocross - Startline BW - Christmas Hills 1966

Want to coordinate motocross history 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