Contact Glen our caretaker or for any special arrangements your Pres - Paul Bevin
AGM & General Meeting to be held 25th November 2017 Stockton Park Clubrooms 5km East of Collie. You are all welcome to attend. You help is greatly appreciated.Please keep an eye on Facebook for meeting changes.
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Organised motor cycling activities have existed in Collie since the early 1920s when the first Collie Motor Cycle Club was formed. This was a gathering of enthusiats which lasted in various forms through to the advent of the war.
The immediate post war years saw an increase in the popularity of the motor cycle as a means of transport due to fuel shortage, the economy and theavailability of ex-army surplus machines, so it naturally followed that the Motor Cycle Club was reformed and in 1947 it was decided by the members to affiliate with the Western Australian Motor Cycling Association. It may be said that this decision was the real start of the Collie Motor Cycle Club. Amongst those who attended this inaugral meeting were Peter Cochrane, Alan Smith, "Buck" Loxton, Stan English and Phil Murray.
Easter 1948 saw the promotion of the Club's first open event, a road race meeting at which the main event was won by Peter Cochrane. This was followed by another meeting in November of the same year, but then due to difficulties in obtaining a suitable circuit no more road races were held until 1955, when the first Collie Grand Prix meeting was held. This race was conduted for a number of years and was regarded as Western Australia's blue ribbon road racing event.
During the late 1940s and early 1950s, Club and Inter-Club runs were held at various venues including road race meetings at Hillman Airstrip, flying and standing 1/4 mile events on the Mungallup Road and scramble and gymkhana events at Collie Burn, Darkan, and Duranillin as well as trips away to Harvey, Moorelands, Bunbury and Manjimup. Members prominant in the Club at this time included "Pica" Davies, Peter Musgrove, Percy Cull, Bill Gale, Geoff and Brian Bebbington, Don Hearndon, Tom Pike, Colin Mathers, John and Ron Laurie, "Tiger" Akers, Don Millen, Frank Maletesta, Geoff Elias, Don Davidson, Don Pascall and many more.
As well as Club events, Collie Motor Cycle Club members were prominant in open road races events and names like Ken Dolison, George Saunders, Roy Butcher, Bill McDermott, Merv Holst, Phil Murray, "Gus" Vernon, Barry Thompson, and Les Miller were featured in winning lists through the state.
1965 saw the first open scramble event promotoed by the Club on the "Westralia" circuit, and the Collie Grand National was conducted for a number of years. In 1968 the "Westralia" was the venue of the Australian Scramble Championship. The "Westralia" was regarded by Australian and international riders as the best motor cross circuit in Australia.
Charity work was a feature of the Clubs activities and a good proportion of the Clubs gross profits would go to worthy organisations that approached the Club for assistance.
In the late 1960s and early 1970s the Club runs reduced due to a decline in membership caused by the economic state of the district. Members were still active in open events and social activities run in conjunction with club life.
Members in the early 1970s included Peter Thompson, Mike and Bill Pike, Colin Rees, Phil Murray, Tom Perry and Gus Vernon as competitors and Don and Maurice Waywood, Helen Perry, Terry Partridge and Keith Robinson in administrative roles.
This was the first Yamaha Title won in Australia, as we head into 2018 next year, this will bring us 49 years since our last Australian Titles being held in Collie. We look forward to working with the Quad Club of WA on this great event for Collie. I have also been working ,well volunteering at the Collie Museum and have discovered much archived club information. I have posted some photos and programs on WA Motocross Memories facebook page. It is an ongoing process of data, but I guarantee the history is preserved. Contact Collie Museum or Alison Melvin for more information. Thank you
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