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World Sidecarcross Champion Bollhalder

World Sidecarcross Champion Bollhalder

World Sidecarcross Champion - Bollhalder

1984 Western Classic Emil Bollhalder leads Joe Grasso-Peter Williams, Ian Smith-John Steyntjes and Colin Cook-Mark Ewens

Photo – Emil Bollhalder-Russell Ellis lead Joe Grasso-Peter Williams, Ian Smith-John Steyntjes and Colin Cook-Mark Ewens in the 1984 Western Motocross Classic at Noble Falls in Western Australia

Emil Bollhalder - Reigning World Sidecarcross Champion down under

Australian motocross fans and riders were blessed in 1984 when World Sidecarcross champion Emil Bollhalder, from Switzerland, decided to tour Australia.

The Swiss Champion was the reigning 1982 and 1983 World Sidecarcross Champion and retired from Grand Prix racing that year.

South Australian passenger Russell Ellis swung for Emil on a 1000cc Yamaha EML down under and the pair kicked off their tour at Southern Cross in Western Australia on 5 August.

The pair easily won the King of the Cross ahead of Joe Grasso-Peter Williams (WA, Yamaha EML) and Ian Smith-John Steyntjes (VIC/WA, Yamaha EML), winning all three legs.

Then the following Sunday at Noble Falls, on the outskirts of Perth, the had four straight wins in the Western Classic at Noble Falls on the outskirts of Perth (WA).

Bollhalder was a great ambassador for Sidecarcross while in Australia, generating wide publicity across Australia. 

At the Western Classic he gave Australia’s leading motocross riders Jeff Leisk, Stephen Gall and more, a go swinging for him on his sidecar during the lunch-time break.

Leisk won the Western Classic that year and it was one of the last opportunities for local fans to see him in action before moved to the United States and Europe, becoming the runner-up World 500cc Motocross Champion in 1989.

From Western Australia, Bollhalder and Ellis competed in South Australia and Victoria.

Before returning home to Switzerland, he sold his two Yamaha EML sidecars – one to Western Australian Champion Joe Grasso and the other to Australian Sidecar Champion Brian Stewart from Victoria.

Bollhalder spoke highly of Australia and opened the door for other international teams to compete here.

The following year German sidecar legends Josef Brockhausen and Hubert Rebele competed down under winning the Western Classic.  

Brockhausen was riding and promoting the latest Honda 500cc 2-stroke VMC lightweight Sidecar.  Unfortunately, the bike did not arrive in time for the opening event at Southern Cross.

 

3M Trailer – Emil Bollhalder in the 1984 Western Motocross Classic at Noble Falls (WA)

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Emil Bollhalder photo gallery

Sidecar King of the Cross Winners - Emil Bollhalder and Russell Ellis
1984 Western Classic - Emil Bollhalder and Russell Ellis
1984 Western Classic - Emil Bollhalder at the start
1984 Emil Bollhalder, Grasso and Smith at Western Classic Noble Falls

[L-R]  Reigning World Sidecarcross Champion Emil Bollhalder started his 1984 Australian tour in August at Southern Cross, then Noble Falls  the week after

1984 Western Classic presentation Emil Bollhalder and Russell Ellis
1984 Emil Bollhalder and Russell Ellis - On startline
1984 Emil Bollhalder's EML sidecar
1984 Barry Buckley-David Ahola on the outside of Emil Bollhalder-Russell Ellis in South Australia

[L-R]  Bollhalder and Russell Ellis (SA) collect their trophies at Noble Falls after winning the Western Classic, Bollhalder and Ellis on the 1000cc Yamaha EML sidecar, and  Bollhalder-Ellis slip inside Australian Sidecar legend Barry Buckley-David Ahola in South Australia

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TV promotion for Emil Bollhalder’s arrival in Western Australia for the King of the Cross in Southern Cross

Emil Bollhalder at the 1984  King of the Cross at Southern Cross in Western Australia

Emil Bollhalder in the 1984 Western Classic at Noble Falls in Western Australia

Bollhalder takes Australian leading motocross riders for a swing in the chair at Noble Falls

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