TAMWORTH Motor Cycle Club stages one of its major meetings this weekend – the Harry Pyne Memorial Champion of Champions.
Club president Paul Slade said the annual event covers three of the motorcycling “facets”, moto cross, speedway and dirt track.
“They have to ride all three and the most points wins.
“We have one senior winner and one junior.
“Last year Ben Clarke won the senior and Cameron Donald the junior.”
Paul Slade is expecting around 100 riders, juniors and seniors for tomorrow’s Harry Pyne Memorial day.
“Harry (Pyne) started this event at Pyne Park 100 years ago,” Paul Slade said.
“We’ve just continued it. After he passed away we just renamed it the Harry Pyne Memorial Champion of Champions.”
He said the event draws riders from across the eastern seaboard.
The TMCC has about 300 members and more than half of those are from “out of town”.
And by “out of town” Slade means from Brisbane, Sydney and the like. “They don’t have tracks where they live,” Slade said.
“We’ve got one member, Cordell Rogerson. He’s from Kingaroy. Can’t get any ides up there because they don’t have a track so he comes down here with his son once a month and even for training days.
“There aren’t a lot of tracks left in NSW. We’re lucky to have Oakburn Park.
“There’s a few more dirt tracks around and lot more moto cross, but there’s only three tracks in NSW like ours. We’re pretty special, very few have what we’ve got.”
He’s been trying to enthuse Tamworth Regional Council about the possibilities Oakburn Park possesses.
With some additions to the complex it could attract major motor sport events.