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Centenary of the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix

 

In NSW, on June 21st – 23rd, 1924, the first Motorcycle Grand Prix was held in Goulburn.  The Centenary event will be held over three days, from June 21 to June 23, 2024.

 

 

The highlight of the celebrations will be an escorted, re-enactment ride along the original 80-kilometre course.

The original event, which was sanctioned as an official Grand Prix by the Auto Cycle Union of NSW, and organised by the Goulburn Motorcycle Club, took place on a bitterly cold winter’s day over a challenging 52-mile dirt road course that ran from the outskirts of Goulburn, to Windellama, across to Bungonia and back along Mountain Ash Road to the start-finish line.

The Goulburn Evening Post reported on the action:

 

 

‘As the machines were sent away there would be a series of staccato explosions, a long drawn-out crackle, a droning hum and a black speck would vanish into the south-east. 

‘Returning, the spectators saw a frantic flag-wagging on the rise a quarter of a mile down the road, a black object coming out of space like a projectile and then the motorist arrived.’

Dave Brewster, also known as ‘Big Dave’, achieved remarkable success in the 1924 Goulburn Motorcycle Senior Grand Prix and the All-Powers Handicap. Big Dave triumphed, riding an Indian Chief, completing four laps for a total of 208 miles, in four hours, four minutes and 45 seconds.

Additionally, he secured second place in the O’Brien Side Car Scratch Race, also riding an Indian Chief.

 

 

Registered as No 2 with the Auto Cycle Union of NSW, Dave represented the Sydney Bicycle and Motorcycle Club Ltd. His storied racing career began in Victoria in 1917 and continued to flourish in NSW, where he clinched victories at Maroubra Hill Climb, Bathurst, Victoria Park and Hartley.

Following his 1924 triumph, Dave continued to excel in races throughout the state, eventually transitioning from Indian to AJS motorcycles.

Prior to the Grand Prix event, Goulburn hosted the first Tourist Trophy Race of Australia, back in autumn, 1914. In his book titled ‘The Racing Boys’, Wayne Adams wrote:

‘On a sunlit Autumn day in 1914, a group of motor cyclists met in a paddock at Yarra, on the outskirts of Goulburn NSW. They had travelled from all corners of NSW, Victoria and South Australia to compete.

‘Ten years later a similar group of motor cyclists would travel to Goulburn and complete on a bitterly cold day in the First Australian Grand Prix.’

The history of these events is closely intertwined with the history of the Goulburn Motor Cycle Club, because, from the early days until 1930, Goulburn was the centre of most motor cycle racing in NSW.

Working in conjunction with the Auto Cycle Union of NSW, the district hosted five Tourist Trophy races and one Grand Prix. It was not until 1931 that the racing left for the Vale Circuit at Bathurst.

 

 

From June 21 to June 23, 2024, Goulburn will celebrate the spirit of speed and bravery with a three-day event, featuring an escorted re-enactment ride along the original 80-kilometre course.

Don’t miss out on this unforgettable experience. The Australian Grand Prix Anniversary will also be raffling a brand-new Indian motorcycle.

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