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The most successful racers in the history of the Australian Motocross Championships (by class)
Since the new website was established in late July 2020, the site has received more than 150,000 views – increasing to up to 30,000 views in January.
In February, the Australian Motocross History website released a new documentary on the King of the Cross International and National motocross spectacular in the 1970-80s. Already, the documentary is the most popular release on this site and the webpage is the overall second most viewed – behind the Australian Motocross Legends.
Thank you everyone for your support and the nice feedback, including past winners of the event – Stephen Gall, Vaughan Style and Graeme Smythe, Bob Couzens (Event promoter) and the Southern Cross Motorcycle Club.
This month AMX History will unveil a series of posters and blog pages on the Most Successful Racers in the Australian Motocross Championships, by class.
Back in 2011, Dirt Bike Action magazine ran a feature story titled Home-grown heroes. It took a look at the history of Australian Motocross and published a Top 20 list of the most successful racers in the history of the Australian Championships, based on the top three overall results in each class.
Thanks to your support, we now have a complete list of all Australian Motocross Champions and have updated the Most Successful Racer’s List from the very first Australian Championship in 1953 up to today.
To receive a FREE Australian Motocross Championship poster for each class and the overall winners as they are released, subscribe now (See below) or email: email@example.com
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Last month the Australian Motocross History website released a documentary on the famous King of the Cross Motocross spectacular. Check out this 3M trailer.
To see the full documentary, event report, photos, videos and programs, go to this page.
This month AMX History will start releasing a series of posters and Blog pages on the Top 20 Most Successful Racers in the Australian Motocross Championships, by class.
About the Australian Motocross history website
This webpage has been established to preserve the history of Australian Motocross.
It’s aim is to honour and recognise past champions, placegetters and all riders who competed in the Australian Motocross Championships.
Many riders dedicated their lives to the sport over the years, travelling thousands of kilometers – striving for success and the right to be crowned the Nation’s (or State’s) Number One rider.
The Australian Motocross History webpage features the All Time Greats and includes results dating back to the first official Australian Championships in 1953.
We now have a complete list of all the winners, but there are still some gaps in the placings (particularly with the Western Australian History), so let’s strive to up-date this information together.
You’re also invited to contribute content to this site for current and past riders and motocross enthusiasts to enjoy.
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New Blog Pages
Emil's miniature EML sidecar model
See full report, photo gallery and John Turner’s summary of how he made the model.
Emil Bollhalder’s EML sidecarcross model, built by John Turner to 1/4 scale
John Turner presents the EML model to Emil Bollhalder in Switzerland in 1986
Australian Motocross Legend Peter Nicol
See Peter’s motocross career highlights, photos and key achievements.
Peter Nicol takes the chequered flag to win the Unlimited Australian Championship on a BSA in 1955 at the Rope Works circuit in Perth, WA.
1981 Australian Motocross Championships
See race report, video gallery, unseen photos in a new gallery (by Ivan Fisher) and the event program.
Jeff Leisk (WA, Honda) wins first senior Australian Motocross Championship in the 125cc class
2M Trailer from the 1981 Australian Motocross Championships in Symmons Plains, Tasmania.
This page features videos of each class contested.
Blasts from the past
This section features your latest contribtions, favourite videos and stories, plus website updates
Most popular video in FEBRUARY
King of the Cross documentary 3M trailer
This trailer for the King of the Cross documentary was the most popular video on social media in February. It features the history of the event, the early pioneers of the Southern Cross Motor Cycle Club and some of event promoter Bob Couzen’s favourite memories.
new VIDEO RELEASES
King of the Cross documentary
Last month, AMX History released this documentary on the history of the King of the Cross Motocross Spectacular, which was staged in the 1970-80s. It features International and National riders, race videos and photos preserving the memories of this event, which became the Bathurst of Motocross.
David Basham – South Australia’s greatest ever motocross rider
This story on social media on David Basham from South Australia was the most popular in February. Dave won more Australian Motocross Championships than any other “croweater”, winning four National titles between 1968 and 1973 and a host of placings. In 1963 he raced in Europe and on return he became one of Australia’s top motocross riders.
New photo gallery from the King of the Cross
King of the Cross event organiser and race-day Clerk of Course Bob Couzens (pictured here at the riders meeting) has donated a heap of photos, programs and videos to the AMX History website, which will be gradually released throughout the year. Bob was a colourful character and, for each event, he would dress up in a different costume.
Australian Motocross History - Website Updates
Vaughan Style (NSW), one of the winners featured in the new King of the Cross webpage, which includes the event history, photo and video galleries, winners, visiting riders and event programs.
Victorian rider Ray Fisher was recently added to the Australian Motocross Legends. Incredibly, in 1963 he won the famous International Grasstrack meeting in Teterow, East Germany in front of more than 100,000 spectators
Last month a new webpage on the 1981 Australian Motocross Championships was added featuring unseen photo’s by Ivan Fisher, videos of each event and the race results
new or updated blog pages - MAJOR EVENTS
new or updated blog pages - RIDERS
Australian Motocross Champions
West Australian Jeff Leisk is was the first Australian rider to win a World Motocross Grand Prix and in 1989 he was the runner-up World 500 motocross champion. He competed during the 1970’s to 1990’s and won a Junior World Championship in 1978 at age 13. He twice won the prestigious National Mr Motocross series before he headed over to the US and Europe, opening the door for other Australians. He also won eight Australian Championships, including all classes at Mackay, Queensland in 1988.
Top International Australian competitors Jeff Leisk, Chad Reed and Andrew McFarlane picked up many Australian Motocross Championships between the 1980s and 2010.
They would have won more championships had they remained in Australia. The same applies to ‘all-time great’ Gary Flood who won eight Australian Titles while also racing scrambles and pursuing an International solo speedway career in England.
The 1970s through to the early ’90s were possibly the ‘Golden era’ of Motorcycling in Australia peaking with the World Motocross des Nations, World 125cc Grand Prix being held in Manjimup, Western Australia in ’92 and ’93, respectively. The West held three big International events each year during the eighties, with the prestigious Mr Motocross series in the Eastern States the pinnacle for national riders.
During this era New South Wales riders Glen Bell, Stephen Gall, Craig Dack and Stephen Ashkenazi racked up a handful of National titles each.
In earlier times, Ken Rumble (Vic), Ray Fisher (Vic) and Charlie West (WA) won the most Australian Championships in the 1950s to 1960s, with seven, seven, and six titles each, respectively. Fisher and West too spent time racing in Europe.
The South Australians dominated the sidecar class for many years with Murray Williams winning nine titles in the 60s-70s and Barry Buckley eight in the 70s-80s.
australian motocross championship programs
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Western Australian Motocross Champions
Western Australia has had many champion riders over the years. But on home soil, three riders stand out from the pack – Dale Britton (Rockingham), Graeme Smythe (Kalgoorlie), and Neville Cutts (Manjimup).
Dale Britton won 13 State titles (including two Junior titles) and a National 125cc Championship in 1996. He also represented Australia several times in the World Motocross des Nations.
Graeme Smythe competed at the highest level for almost two decades in the 1970-80s – winning 10 WA State titles and two National Championships and Neville Cutts won nine State titles, including three in the Restricted License Holders class for juniors.
In earlier times Glen Britza won seven State titles, and was twice runner-up in the sidecars, along with two Kalgoorlie riders Ritchie Kings and Bill Watson.
Dale and Graeme were both inducted into the WA Motorcycling Hall of Fame in 2014 and 2015, respectively and Neville in 2017. They joined the likes of top International Australian rider Jeff Leisk and other local champions Glen Britza, Richie Kings, Peter Nichol, Gordon Renfree, Bob O’Leary, John Rock and Charlie West in this exclusive club.
Charlie West won six Australian Championships in the 50s-60s and at least three WA titles. However, all the past results for that period are not available.
Maybe you can help fill in any gaps. Check out the WA Champions list below.
Rockingham rider Dale Britton won 13 WA State Motocross championships in all solo classes in the 1980-90s, a National 125cc Title and represented Australia in the World MX des Nations.
Kalgoorlie-born Graeme Smythe competed in the WA State Motocross championships for more than 15 years in the 1970s-80s, dominating the 250cc, 500cc and Unlimited classes. He also won two National Titles .
New motocross videos
History of the Western Motocross Classic
Documentary of historic events or riders
1984 Manjimup 15000 - Two Sidecar Races
Action video using your home videos and photos (3 mins)
Celebrating the Fanderlindens
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west australian motocross programs
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World Motocross Champions
Gaston Rahier from Belgium won three World 125cc Motocross Championships between 1975 and 1977. In 1975, he was the first reigning World Champion to race in Australia competing in various events across Australia, including the National Championships in Sanford, Tasmania.
World Motocross des Nations
The Australian Team in the 1992 World Motocross des Nations team at Manjimup, Western Australia – Jason Marshall (500cc), Dale Britton (250cc) and Kim Ashkenazi (125cc). Team USA took out this event winning 13 consecutive times between 1981 to 1993.
World Sidecarcross Champions
Reigning Swiss World Sidecarcross Champion Emil Bollhalder toured Australia in 1984.
He competed at and won both the King of the Cross (Southern Cross) and Western Classic (Noble Falls) events in Western Australia after competing in a host of other events across Australia.
World Supercross Champions
Australia’s own Chad Reed is the record holder for most main event starts in AMA Supercross history. He had 228 starts as of 2018, with his career spanning almost 20 years. He won the World Championships in 2004 and 2008.
Most popular videos on this website
1 - Swingers Leisk and Gall
2 - SIDECAR DOUBLE-JUMP KINGS
3 - KING OF THE CROSS DOCUMENTARY
4 - 1974 AUSSIE TITLES MANJIMUP
5 - 1985 NOBLE FALLS AUSSIE TITLES
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