Australian Motocross Championships Broadford

8 October 1978, reg hunt circuit - broadford, victoria
1978 Pelle Granquist - 250 and 500 Australian Motocross Champion
1978 Australian Unlimited Mr Motocross Champion Graeme Smythe

Photo:  Expatriate Swede Pelle Granquist (left) won both the 250 & 500c Australian Championships at Broadford in 1978 on his Husqvarna, while Graeme Smythe (WA, Yamaha) won the Unlimited title and Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Swede wins two Aussie titles at Broadford

Visiting Swedish rider Pelle Granquist dominated the 1978 Australian Hang Ten Championships, winning both the 250 and 500cc classes at the Reg Hunt circuit.

That year Stephen Gall (NSW, Yamaha) had emerged from Anthony Gunter’s (NSW, Suzuki) shadow, breaking through to finally win the Mr Motocross title after blitzing the final round. 

He was expected to win his first National title at Broadford. But unfortunately for both Gall and Gunter, they decided to ride in the 250 and 500 classes (not the unlimited class) – the same ones that Granqvist did, who convincingly won these titles.

The expatriate Swede showed how fast and smooth he was in the longer motos, compared to the short, sharp sprints in the Mr Motocross series – capping off a great year on his Ric Andrews-supplied Husqvarnas.

Gall finished second to Granquist in both the 250 and 500cc classes, with Peter Boyle (NZ, Suzuki) and Gary Flood (VIC, KTM) finishing in third, respectively.

The Unlimited class was an easy victory for Western Australian rider Graeme Smythe on a Yamaha to win the Duke of Edinburgh Award. He finished ahead of Mike Landman (VIC, Yamaha) and Dean Vick (SA, Yamaha).

Milledge-Motocraft teamsters Landman and Trevor Flood gave everyone a preview of the new Yamaha YZ125F machines when they raced the only two in the country to first and second in the 125 class. It was Flood’s last major placing in motocross.

1978 was the second year the Australian Championships were sponsored by Hang Ten, which introduced a new format in 1977 where the riders had to be selected on their merits, not on the basis of lodging an entry. Each state was required to run qualifying heats to select their representatives, with three riders in each state allowed to be selected on past merits .

 

3M trailer of 500cc race at Broadford

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Race day videos

Smythe wins the Unlimited Australian Championship

Granquist clinches his first Australian Title in the 250s

Granquist  makes the double in the Australian 500cc class

Buckley creates history in the sidecars

1978 Barry Buckley and Russell Elmi Double Australian Champions

Double back-to-back Champions – Barry Buckley and Russell Elmi (SA)

In the sidecars South Australian Sidecar Ace Barry Buckley (Yamaha Wasp) created history being the first rider to clinch back-to-back Australian Championships in both the 650cc and Unlimited classes – defending his two titles from Acusa Park in South Australia in 1977.

Russell Elmi was his passenger at Broadford and Chris Harris chaired for him at Acusa Park.

The Victorian Smith brothers, Stephen and Terry, were the runner-up champions in both sidecar classes on their Norton Wasp at Broadford. 

Bruce Collins – John Armstrong (VIC, Norton Wasp) finished third in the Juniors, with David Wells – Geoffrey Graetz (SA, Norton Wasp) finishing third in the Unlimited sidecars.

Photo gallery

[Right] Milledge-Motocraft teamsters Mike Landman and Trevor Flood were first and second in the 125 class on their brand new Yamaha YZ125F machines

1978 Australian 125cc winners - Trevor Flood and Mike Landman
1978 Stephen Gall - Australian Championship Program

Stephen Gall was the runner-up 250 and 500cc Champion on his Yamaha machines

1978 Australian Motocross Championship Program - Jack Pengally

Victorian rider Jack Pengally just finished outside the placings on his Maico

1978 Mike Landman - Australian Championship Program

Mike Landman (Yamaha) finished second  in the Unlimited class to Graeme Smythe

1978 Australian Motocross Championship Results

125cc

1 Michael Landman (VIC, Yamaha)
2 Trevor Flood (VIC, Yamaha)
3 Greg Cady (NSW, Maico) 

250cc

1 Pelle Granquist (Sweden, Husqvarna)
2 Stephen Gall (NSW, Yamaha)
3 Peter Boyle (NZ, Suzuki)

500cc

1  Pelle Granquist (Sweden, Husqvarna)
2 Stephen Gall (NSW, Yamaha)
3 Gary Flood (VIC, KTM)

Unlimited

1 Graeme Smythe (WA, Yamaha)
2 Michael Landman (VIC, Yamaha)
3 Dean Vick (SA, Yamaha)

650cc Sidecars

1 Barry Buckley – Russell Elmi (SA, Yamaha Wasp)
2 Stephen Smith – Terry Smith (VIC, Norton Wasp)
3 Bruce Collins – John Armstrong – (VIC, Norton Wasp)

1300cc Sidecars

1  Barry Buckley –  Russell Elmi (SA, Yamaha Wasp)

2 Stephen Smith – Terry Smith (VIC, Norton Wasp)

3 David Wells – Geoffrey Graetz (SA, Norton Wasp)

Michael Landman (VIC, Yamaha) Trevor Flood (VIC, Yamaha) Greg Cady (NSW, Maico)
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1978 Australian 250 and 500 Champion Pelle Granquist

1978 Pelle Granquist - 250 and 500cc Australian Champion

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