Past era bikes set to race

Less than four weeks remain until a huge collection of historic motorcycles from all over Australia flock to Wakefield Park for the Australian Historic Road Racing Nationals on November 10-12.

BLAST FROM THE PAST: Motorcycle racing enthusiasts will race their lovingly restored and maintained machines of the past at the Australian Historic Road Racing Championships on November 10-12 at Wakefield Park. Photo: Supplied

BLAST FROM THE PAST: Motorcycle racing enthusiasts will race their lovingly restored and maintained machines of the past at the Australian Historic Road Racing Championships on November 10-12 at Wakefield Park. Photo: Supplied

The race meeting will be one of the largest motorcycle events in Australia in 2017, encompassing motorcycles from a wide array of eras.

More than 300 motorcycles, from 1926 to 1990, will compete in the Australian Historic Road Racing Championships at Wakefield Park, November 10-12.

The race meeting has attracted bikes from the following classes:

  • Period 2 (Vintage) – 1920-1945
  • Period 3 (Classic) – 1946-1962
  • Period 4 (Post-Classic) – 1963-1972
  • Period 5 (Forgotten Era) – 1973-1982
  • Period 6 (New Era) – 1982-1990

The oldest motorcycles at the event will be Stan Mucha and Peter Birthisel’s 1926 Indian Altoonas, while at the other end of the spectrum, there are bikes from the late 1980s and early ‘90s. Within each era, there will also be different capacity motorcycles including 250cc, 350cc, 500cc, 750cc and Unlimited.

The Post Classic Racing Association of NSW (PCRA) is assisting Wakefield Park with hosting the event but numerous entries have been received from other states, including Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania. Wakefield Park operations manager Matt Baragwanath said the event reaffirms the circuit’s status as a two wheel-friendly venue.

“We have a lot of car race meetings but it’s very encouraging that we’re able to host more and more motorcycle events,” Mr Baragwanath said. “The last two years, we’ve hosted a round of the Australian Superbike Championship and through other activities such as our club events and regular Wakefield Motorcycle Ride Days, we have been able to strengthen our relationship with Motorcycling NSW and Motorcycling Australia.

“The Australian Historic Road Racing Championships will be one of our best-attended events of the year and will attract a massive number of visitors from outside the region.”

About the PCRA of NSW

The Post Classic Racing Association of NSW was formed in June 1986. It bandied together a small association of Historic Racing enthusiasts. In the early days, PCRA members were invited along to other club and interclub meetings. In 1988, the first PCRA  race meetings were run in conjunction with Eastern Suburbs Motorcycle Club. There was a mix of Post Classic or Period 4 Machinery (1963 – 1972) and Modern Machines. Also in 1988 a few good men from PCRA & ESMCC created a class called Bucket Racing  and this inexpensive category enhanced membership numbers to the point the PCRA could run race meetings on their own at the now closed Oran Park North Circuit. With the membership growing & the popularity of Post Classic Racing (and Bucket Racing). In 1989 a new Historic category was formed, Forgotten Era or Period 5 (1973 – 1980). This was a huge success and PCRA grew larger to the extent of running State tittle meetings. The club’s proud history of running great race meetings, highlighted by the annual, internationally recognised, Barry Sheene Festival of Speed.