Official Status

The Register is an incorporated body and is affiliated with the Motorcycling (South Australia) which is the controlling body representing Motorcycling Australia.


Membership is open to any person whether he or she owns such a machine or not. Annual Membership fee is at present $30 for Single Membership and $40 for Family Membership.

Aims and Objectives

To restore, preserve and use Motorcycles of British, European, American and Japanese manufacture up to and including December 31st 1990.

  • Club farewells a great competitor

    “The Club is saddened by the passing, on February 24th, longtime member Peter “Rocket” Rayner at age 81. A competitor for many years, having raced against Geoff Duke at Gawler Airstrip, been successful in “Clubman” Road racing in the 50’s, rode in many 24-Hour Trials and was a regular in Historic Racing on his AJS […]

  • Event photographers share their work

    Photography from the successful 2015 Historic Championships is starting to trickle through. Featured image of ‘Old mate’ bangin’ round on his jigger!! Below you will find a link to Graeme Howie’s Sport Pixx page.

  • 2015 Nationals all wrapped up

    We all enjoyed a fantastic weekend of racing here in Adelaide. Thursday saw many competitors take to the track in preparation for qualifying and racing, this was a chance for interstate competitors who had never ridden the track before to find their bearings and those who havnt ridden the track for several years to get […]

  • Oil, Smoke, and Sunshine

    The 2015 Australian road race championships are off to a flying start at Mallala in South Australia. The weather has swung from blistering hot in qualifying to overcast with a light drizzle for day two of racing. Fields have thinned out but the racing is still fierce.

  • All systems go for 2015 National competition

      October is fast approaching, the committee have been hard at work getting everything finalized for what should be an excellent weekend of Historic racing! Over on our Forms page you should find all the vital information you need including rider numbers, shed allocations, and for those who are seeking accommodation, a list of Hotels […]


    The 2015 Britsh GP will see the return of the iconic RD250LC PRO-AM series, the action packed class that launched many racing careers including Niall Mackenzie.

  • Beattie on being Historic Race Ambassador

    Check out the write up from on Daryl, our Ambassador for the Nationals at Mallala!

  • Getting ready for the Nationals

    With the Nationals fast approaching in just over three months time, I hope you are all getting prepared. To avoid disappointment, make sure your machine meets the current General Competition Rules, more commonly referred to as GCR’s. To Make it easier, here is the link. – Manual of Motorcycle Sport 2015

  • South Australian Manufacturing in the Heart of the City

    Glory Road Motorcycles are steadily making a name for themselves here in Adelaide, with high quality fabrication & top shelf apparel. Check out Tom’s exquisite CB750 build here – CB750 Cafe Racer


Meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 8.00pm, the venue being Motorcycling Australia (S.A.) office, 251 The Parade, Beulah Park. Annual General Meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of August.

Meeting Format

Monthly meetings are essentially social, with Guest Speakers frequently in attendance. A comprehensive library of Motor Cycle Matter is kept and supervised by the Librarian and is available to all members.

Any member with knowledge and or general interest in restoration, building and preparing Historic machines for racing is cordially invited to be Guest Speaker at any time.


Road - Racing is conducted from time to time, such events being listed in programs as, Classic and Post Classic Races. Typical circuits are Mallala Motor Sports Park and MacNamara Park, Mount Gambier in South Australia and other similar tracks in other States.

Club days are held twice yearly at Mallala Motor Sport Park where upon payment of a small fee riders and members are able to carry out tuning adjustments to machines and to have access to the circuit for machine testing and practice.

A Clubman of the Year perpetual trophy is awarded to the rider who gains the highest number of points in anyone year in Historic/Classic races, the respective rider names being suitably engraved each year. Points are awarded on a 3,2,1 basis for 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively in each class and 1 additional point for each start.


All rules governing machine specification and or restrictions and rider requirements are set out in MA Rule Book obtainable from MA (SA). A special section deals exclusively with matters relating to Historic Machines. Intended riders in any competitive event must first obtain a Competition Licence which is issued by MA(SA). Application for such licence must first be authorised and signed by the Secretary of the Register.


The purpose of the Register is to record and keep on file official details of each machine, its owner, technical features, its history etc and photographs. Official Registration forms are available for this purpose. Forms provide space on both sides for affixing photographs, i.e. both right and left side view of machine.


What is "Classic" motorcycle racing all about?
It is really directed at preserving the heritage of motorcycle racing from days gone by. To ensure that classic motorcycle racing remains visually identifiable for spectators and representative of particular era's of racing from earlier times, the competition is divided into machine age brackets or "period" categories for both solo machines and sidecars.

The period categories are determined as follows:

Period 1 (Veteran)

Machines built prior to December 1919 and referred to as veteran machines. Unfortunately this group of machines is exceedingly rare and not often seen at race meetings.

Period 2 (Vintage)

This category is for machines produced between 1st January 1920 and 31st December 1945; more generally referred to as vintage or pre-war bikes and are predominantly single cylinder 4 stroke machines of British or European manufacture. They are characterised by the "girder" fork front suspension systems and "primitive" or non-existent rear suspension.

Period 3 (Classic)

For machines built between 1st January 1946 and 31st December 1962 which are commonly referred to as "classics". These bikes are representative of the post war era when motorcycle racing was largely dominated by British and European "factory" machines in single, twin or up to four cylinder engine configurations. The latter part of this period also saw the emergence of the Japanese manufacturers in the smaller capacity classes.

Period 4 (Post Classic)

This is for machines produced between 1st January 1963 and 31st December 1972, known as "post classics" and largely dominated by Japanese machines in both two stroke and four stroke multi cylinder engine configurations.

Period 5 (Forgotten Era)

This category is for machines built between 1st January 1973 and 31st December 1982 referred to as "forgotten era". It reflects the period of domination of Yamaha's 'TZ' two strokes and the emergence of Ducati big twins and other Italian machines to do battle with big four cylinder bikes from Japan.

Period 6 (New Era)

This is a relatively new category for machines built between 1st January 1983 and 31st December 1990 referred to as "new era". This period attracts bikes such as Suzuki GSX1100/750, Yamaha FZR1000, Honda VFR750 Kawasaki GPX750 and a host of smaller class machines both four stroke and two stroke race machines from Japan and Europe.


Within each "period" category there are capacity classes which are identified as follows:

Ultra lightweight Solo Up to 125cc
Lightweight Solo 132cc to 250cc
Junior Solo 263cc to 350cc
Senior Solo 368cc to 500cc
Unlimited Solo 526cc to 1300cc (excludes period 6)
Sidecar Sidecar Up to 1300cc (excludes period 6)
Period 2 Junior Solo Up to 350cc
Period 2 Senior Solo Up to 500cc
Period 2 unlimited Solo
Period 4 Formula 700 (Note this class is for push rod engines only and there is no capacity tolerance) Solo 526cc to 700cc
Period 4 Formula 750 Solo 526cc to 750cc
Period 5 Formula 750 Solo 526cc to 750cc
Period 6 250 Production (Note: machine must have either a compliance plate fitted or supporting documentation of the year of manufacture) Solo 250cc
Period 6 Formula 750 Solo 526cc to 750cc
Period 6 Formula 1300 Solo 788cc to 1300cc