motorcycles, travel, friendship, respect… I may drift off into WTF-land at times so hang in there.

Lakeside LIVES!



Ah… I love the smell of a two-stroke in the morning.

After more than 12 years, the Queensland Early Motorcycle Sports Club (QEMSC) secured the Motorcycling Australia track license needed to host a sanctioned race at Lakeside Park (Formerly Lakeside International Raceway).

The 2014 Australian Historic Road Race Championships.


The build up to last weekends racing was encouraging, with over 340 bikes entered. Bikes ranged from Indians with suicide shifts, though to modern era classics, as well as 38 sidecars: Which from all reports, has come close to breaking the Australian record for sidecar entries in a historic road race championship.

Word from QEMSC is the event was over subscribed, with reserves eagerly waiting for a last-minute call up.


There were some really nice bikes at the event with some rare examples coming out to play at a track that was once Australia’s favorite. All of the 120 pit bays were booked, with the overflow spilling into the paddock.

Track Runs Clockwise

Track Runs Clockwise

Motorcycling Australia modified a part of the track affectionately known as the Bus-Stop, effectively moving the turn in point east. This creates a slow point before heading under the bridge and on to Hungry Corner.

Many spectators, including me were bewildered as to why Motorcycling Australia moved/ changed the Bus-Stop from its old configuration.

Because of this “modification”, I now have a new respect for riders with suicide shifts. Seeing those guys gear down on the approach to the New Bus-Stop is something to behold.

They have some serious skill and cojones the size of basket balls!

Previously riders would exit the Karrassel onto a short up hill straight, then turn left into the Old Bus-Stop, through the esses and onto Hungry Corner.

Now the bikes continue past the Old Bus-Stop and take a sharp left right flip-flop (Noted as “New Bus-Stop” on the map) before continuing on to Hungry Corner.

If the change was meant to stop bikes pulling wheelies down the back part of the course and under the bridge, it didn’t work .

What it does do, is cause a bottleneck just before the New Bus-Stop, plus bikes exiting the flip-flop have to feather their clutch to get going again. This in turn causes problems for the following riders, in that they need to take care not to run up the back of the rider in front.

Yes, it really does wash off that much speed, it’s a very sharp, narrow pair of corners. Fortunately, the side cars don’t have to negotiate this abomination.

Can you imagine the carnage if they did?

I’m sure there is some “safety” reasoning for the change, but I really hope that who-ever invented this slow point reconsiders. It really does look, and probably is, more dangerous than the previous configuration.

Be that as it may, it was a great weekend of racing with a fantastic atmosphere. Everyone I spoke to hopes that this is the first of many events to return to Lakeside.

I’ll leave you with a few happy snaps from the weekend.


The Worlds Fastest Single Cylinder Motorcycle 295.112km/h (183.347mph)

The Worlds Fastest Single Cylinder Motorcycle 295.112 km/h (183.347 mph) Set at Lake Gairdner South Australia in 2013


























8 responses

  1. Great pics! Looks like it must have been a lot of fun. Did you ride?


    October 1, 2014 at 7:23 AM

    • As a racer? No.

      Just spectating and having a yarn with some friends I hadn’t seen for awhile


      October 1, 2014 at 7:59 AM

  2. You have some great action shots there.


    October 2, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    • Thank you 🙂

      Amazing what you can do with a cheap Nikon L120. Not the best for the job thats for sure.

      Liked by 1 person

      October 2, 2014 at 6:40 PM

  3. LB

    Wow what an event! Two questions:
    What is a suicide shift?
    How on earth are those seconds (passengers, whatever you call the other rider) hanging on?


    October 7, 2014 at 3:06 AM

    • Hi LB

      Suicide shift (also called jockey shift) is a hand operated gear shift (usually on the right) and foot operated clutch (usually on the left). Bikes with suicide shift usually don’t have a front brake.

      Those side car “swingers” hold onto handles that are in various locations on the bike, you can just see a handle on the guard of the bike(s) in the photos above. Swingers literally climb all over the bike while its in motion to allow them to counterbalance the bike in corners. Much like a crew on a yacht would do.

      See how they do it at the Isle of Man TT (IOMTT)


      October 7, 2014 at 8:32 AM

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