The Historic Motor Cycle Racing Register of South Australia was first formed in 1977, known at that time as the Classic Racing Association. The name was changed in 1986 adopting the title "Historic", which signifies the real nature and purpose of the organisation, but the title "Classic" is still used in defining racing events which are exclusively for the machines which qualify for competition in this category.
The Register is an incorporated body and is affiliated with the Motorcycling (South Australia) which is the controlling body representing Motorcycling Australia.
Its aims and objectives
To restore, preserve and use Motorcycles of British, European, American and Japanese manufacture up to and including December 31st 1980.
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. Membership Form (PDF)
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.
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:
Machines built prior to 1919 and referred to as veteran machines. Unfortunately this group of machines is exceedingly rare and not often seen at race meetings.
This category is for machines produced between 1920 and 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.
For machines built between 1946 and 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.
This is for machines produced between 1963 and 1972, known as "post classics" and largely dominated by Japanese machines in both two stroke and four stroke multi cylinder engine configurations.
This is a relatively new category for machines built between 1973 and 1980 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.
Within each "period" category there are capacity classes which are identified as follows:
||Solo machines up to 125cc capacity
||Solo machines from 132cc to 250cc capacity
||Solo machines from 263cc to 350cc capacity
|| Solo machines from 368cc to 500cc capacity
||Solo machines from 526cc to 1300cc capacity
|| Sidecar outfits up to 1300cc capacity
|Period 2 Junior
||Solo machines up to 350cc capacity
|Period 2 Unlimited
||Solo machines 368 to 1300cc capacity
|Period 3 Formula 700
||Solo machines 526 to 700cc capacity
|Period 4 Formula 750
||Solo machines 526 to 750cc capacity