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1955 Australian Motocross Championship - Peter Nicol wins the Unlimited title and Harley Scramble
Australian Motocross Champion Peter Nicol won two titles at the 1955 event at the Rope Works in Perth, WA

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1959 Bill Watson, winner of the Goldfields Open
Bill Watson, winner of the 1959 Goldfields Open

John from Kalgoorlie, WA sent in historic photos of the Goldfields Motorcycle Club dating back to 1934 – starting at the old Cavalier Hill Circuit.

This included the above photograph of 91-year-old Kalgoorlie rider Bill Watson who, incredibly, is still racing today.  Bill’s life story is featured in the latest issue of Old Bike Australasia.


1962 - Don Collins at the Mandurah Scramble in 1962 (WA)

Bunbury rider  Don Collins at the 1962 Mandurah  Scrambles in WA.  Don was also a successful stock-bike and solo rider  at Claremont speedway in the sixties.


John from Bunbury sent in historic photos, newspaper clippings and results for WA Motocross champion Don Collins of Bunbury.

Collins won the WA State 250cc Motocross Championship three times in the sixties (1965, 65 and 68).  

Riding a Husqvarna, Don represented WA at the 1965 Australian Championships in Clarendon (SA), finishing fourth overall in the 250cc class behind Graham Burford (SA, C.Z), John Mapperson (VIC, Greeves) and David Basham (SA, Greeves).

Don’s mother kept a hand-written journal of every race lap position of all competitors for every Motocross event Don competed in.


1969 International riders Freddi Postmann (Austria, 4 from left), Tim Gibbs (NZ), UK rider Randy Owen (far right) and Tony Owen with Gordon Adsett (in front).

opening round of the international motocross tour in perth, wa

Event organiser and rider, Tim Gibbes from New Zealand, sent in the below picture from the start of the 1966 tour in Perth, Western Australia.

It features the riders from the eight-round series (and WA Motorcycling Association officials) which started at the Herne Hill circuit in Perth WA, then moved onto the Eastern States, before crossing the Tasman to New Zealand.

If you have any information, photos or memories to share of the International MX series that was held across Australia and New Zealand during the 1960s, please email



1978 Kid of the Cross winner - Mark Leisk

1978 Kid of the Cross winner Mark Leisk from Western Australia

mark leisk, 1978 kid of the cross, southern cross, WA

King of the Cross  promotor Bob Couzens contributed a stack of material for a documentary in progress on the history of the event.  This included this picture of Mark Leisk winning the 1978 “Kid of the Cross” event at Southern Cross.

Mark, the older brother of Australian Motocross legend Jeff Leisk, was also a great motocross and enduro rider.  

In 1979 Mark won the WA State 125cc Championship ahead of more experienced riders.  That same year he won the Victorian round of Kid Mr Motocross, which was run as part of the Mr Motocross series in the 1970s and 1980s.


Bob Couzens at riders meeting in Southern Cross

Bob Couzens addresses the riders at the Rider’s meeting at the King of the Cross in the 1980s


King of the Cross  race organizer and club secretary Bob Couzens donated a heap of photos, programs and videos to the AMX History website, which will be gradually released through this website. 

Cousins was the man behind the success of the King of the Cross. The owner of the Railway Tavern in Southern Cross, and his family and supporters, put in tireless efforts and hours over the years.

Bob was a colourful character and, for each event, he would dress up in a different costume.


Emil Bollhalder's poster for and Charlie Busser - World Sidecar Champions poster for John Turner

Photo insert: South Australian John Turner presents the miniature EML chassis model he built for World Sidecarcross Champion Emil Bollhalder. Main photo: Double World Sidecarcross Champions 1982 and 1983 Emil Bollhalder and Karl Busser from Switzerland.


Former sidecar rider John Turner, from South Australia, contributed this story.

In 1984, when John met World Sidecarcross Champion Emil Bollhalder, he agreed to build him a miniature model his sidecar.  The Swiss champion and his passenger Karl Busser won both the 1982 and 1983 World Championships on a Yamaha 998cc EML.

John built the model from this poster and John Steyntjes’ 1983 EML chassis, which he used for measurements.

The EML model was built to quarter scale and weighs approximately 3.5kg.  The overall dimensions are approximately 540mm x 340mm and 240mm in height.  It took John an estimated 1,500 hours to build over a two-year period.

John Turner personally presented the model to Bollhalder in 1986 when he and his wife travelled to Europe.


1985 Australian Championships Noble Falls - Darren Williams and Mark Kendle

Newly crowned 1000cc Australian Champions Darren Williams and Mark Kendle at the 1985 National Championships  at Noble Falls, WA

williams-kendle, 1985 australian championships, noble falls, WA

Photographer Alison Kerr-Little contributed many new photos from the 1985 Australian Motocross Championships at Noble Falls. 

Newly crowned Australian Champions Darren Williams and Mark Kendle were the standouts for that meeting – breaking through to win their first National title in the 1000cc sidecar class.

They became the first sidecar team to consistently jump the spectacular double-jump at the circuit on their lightweight Honda – gaining a huge advantage on the other competitors.

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