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Wallan Motocross track ... RIP
« on: December 01, 2010, 09:35:22 AM »
   Dave Hammond (that lunatic vintage racer and vinduro YZ100 punter) was talking to Darren Conroy at Castella vinduro
BBQ/offroad bike registration (up at Juzva's place in hills of Vic last week).

   Darren told Dave how to find the infamous old Wallan venue.   I got a text from Dave on this Monday at 4.30 pm: "I'm on the main straight of Wallan!"

   He later told me on phone that the track still exists in its entirety.   He could see parts of it.   The whoops and tyres are all still there.   The only difference
at all, Dave says, is that 'nature has taken over'.   He said there were fully grown trees growing in parts of the track.   He estimates the last meeting
was held circa 1978. (32 years).   He believes that a new neighbour's complaints at the time is what shut the venue down.   (Rather than the usual story ... of encroaching
suburbs or new dams being built.)

   The only apparent man-made intervention is the storage of a few old Melbourne trams on the property (now fully decayed and rotting away).   
Dave says one is actually sat on main straight.

   I think it's somehow sad or poignant that Vic's most famous track still exists ... out there alone and neglected.

Photo sequence is from Melb newspaper, reporting on 1971 International series with Ivan Miller, the Owen brothers and a returning Gary Flood.

   Footnote:  Miller was so fast, he was out front and showing off on his Husky 400.   Pulling cross-ups like we kids had never seen in our lives.  After that
day, at school we started calling cross-ups "Millers" instead.   Man, that guy could ride!!!!



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Re: Wallan Motocross track ... RIP
« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2010, 10:24:00 AM »
Track is in here somewhere
I can remember the layout but I'm damned if I can pick it.



Standing on the top of the drop off



Main Straight



Buried tyres are still there



And the tower

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« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2010, 10:35:25 AM »
Wow, it lives! I thought it had been bulldozed. So many memories; watching Bert Flood loop it continuously on the main straight jump every lap: Garry on the Husky 400 just back from the UK leaving all for dead with one shock hanging off the bike, Neil Edney dumping a bucket of cold water on a sleeping Winston Wyatt in the pits; being in awe of all the internationals and thinking any little CZ mod was trick (Trevor raced them STOCK!), Randy Owen on his own CZ, Keith Stacker jumping the starts and later waving Jack Pengelly on with a stick, etc. Love the Flood/CZ crash; oh for a good quality pics!

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« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2010, 10:42:36 AM »
And some of Daves photo's from the day...
I think 75 0r 76



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« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2010, 11:58:29 AM »

   Dave Hammond (that lunatic vintage racer and vinduro YZ100 punter) was talking to Darren Conroy at Castella vinduro
BBQ/offroad bike registration (up at Juzva's place in hills of Vic last week).

 vinduro YZ100 8),please explain  ;D, :P   
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« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2010, 12:10:01 PM »
(About Trevor Flood crash photos)
"Interesting! I’d say this is from the 1971 International event and maybe the first time Trevor
rode the Musset CZ, Karl Morlang & I were on CZ also. He did break his femur but I’m not certain it was in this crash.
I remember Gary turning up from the UK with “permed” curly hair and was a clone of Miller!"
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« Reply #6 on: December 01, 2010, 12:19:08 PM »
   Matcho Mick ... Dave Hammond was an A-grader in Vic.   He rode coupla Mr Motocross rounds in early 1980s and
was a professional mechanic in USA in latter 1980s.
   While racing VMX on Maicos, he is also obsessed with nerdy Yamahas.   Has an obscure collection - DT125, DT360.   Latest love is the YZ-100 ... which
has a headlight and gets vinduro'ed this year (go figure).   He took the DT125 all the way to Raymond Terrace CD5 (instead of a Maico).   Again, go figure.
His never-realised true calling would be as a professional standup comedian.   Luckily, we have him to ourselves  :-)

Thanks GMC ... for posting Dave's trackside photos taken on Monday.   The track must have been pounded into granite, as it appears
to have bare-patched spots from grass, some three decades later.
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« Reply #7 on: December 01, 2010, 12:36:15 PM »
Its not just in aus where tracks have been closed!check this utube link and have a look at whats left of my local track back in the uk.
This track was one of the alltime uk greats....in the same league as farliegh castle etc,it was maintained to a level of somebodys back garden.
It was of grand prix standard....actually the 91 125 grand prix was held there...fantastc track....gone but not forgotten or so it seems.
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« Reply #8 on: December 01, 2010, 12:49:22 PM »
 Amazing stuff guys,  had the best memories grwing up around that place,  was too young & small to get on the track in the 70's  just used to watch in awe.  new every paddock & trail track in the area, even had a spot at Ray Owens house for lunch with Mrs Owen & there daughters !      Best motocross i can remember....

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« Reply #9 on: December 01, 2010, 01:16:13 PM »
vinduro YZ100 8),please explain  ;D, :P   



Funny thing is, he thought it was a 125 when he bought it. We were having trouble working out why some parts were different to what a 125D should be,
Then he looked at the writing on the barrel :o


he took his "big bore" to Castella,
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« Reply #10 on: December 01, 2010, 01:21:37 PM »
I remember Ray Owen talking about the drama's with the track.
I htink it was a cashed up local farmer that claimed the noise was upsetting his milking cows and they both spent quite a bit in the courts, with the farmer eventually winning. Ironically Boagys cows were never bothered by the noise.

Ray did put up a good fight to keep the track but I guess it just got too hard / expensive.
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« Reply #11 on: December 01, 2010, 06:43:33 PM »
Great memories of that place. I remember riding with Rays dad Terry. Cheers Jerry

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« Reply #12 on: December 01, 2010, 06:47:38 PM »
Geoff do you have the Google co-ordinates for the photo? Jerry

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« Reply #13 on: December 01, 2010, 10:50:16 PM »
aha!,i'm putting lights on my YZ100 8), :P
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« Reply #14 on: December 02, 2010, 08:55:29 AM »
Geoff and I had some communal Google scanning this morning and we think we have sussed out where the start line was. As best we can remember the "tower" was on your right if you were on the start line. Can anybody verify this please? Cheers Jerry

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« Reply #15 on: December 02, 2010, 09:44:24 AM »
Yes Jerry the tower was on your right about 100m from the rubber band start line. It was a blast down the straight into a left hander up the hill, I remember coming a gutser on the last lap over the jump just before you sweep onto the main straight on my XR75 back in 1978
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« Reply #16 on: December 02, 2010, 10:05:01 AM »
Thank you Viper. Anybody got any photos of the track back in the day? Cheers Jerry

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« Reply #17 on: December 02, 2010, 10:52:16 AM »
The only thing I have is a race program from one of the Honda minibike meetings in the late 70's. I will have a look tonight it might have a track map in it.

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More photos ... Wallan Motocross track ... early 1970s ...
« Reply #18 on: December 02, 2010, 11:03:34 AM »
Note the yearly originality of headline-writing by Age sporting journos in early 1970s.   They could have got jobs
at Trail & Track.









(BELOW: I wonder whose track that was at Lilydale ...?)
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« Reply #19 on: December 02, 2010, 11:15:42 AM »
The Lilydale track was quite likely the Cave Hill track. Lot of blokes used to get up there back in the day. Had a ride around there with Graeme Treasurer on his sidecar scared the crap out of me! Goes without saying there's a housing estate on it now. Cheers Jerry

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« Reply #20 on: December 02, 2010, 11:24:23 AM »
If you do have a look on Google you can see the remnants of the main straight but you better hurry before Google do another flyover. Jerry

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I was there that day just a kid,probably one of the dustiest meetings I have ever been to at Wallan,Dad was riding,

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« Reply #23 on: December 02, 2010, 07:44:02 PM »
I'm somewhere there in the middle of the dust....couldn't see past the handle-bars.  I remember backing off and looked in amazement as guys flew past me riding blind.  Worst dust conditions ever.

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End of my photos from Wallan.
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« Reply #25 on: December 02, 2010, 08:41:24 PM »
From Mark Hill today:  
   "Had a great discussion about Wallan today with Dad ... he said he had a 8mm film of Gaston at Wallan.   He is looking for it, interested?
I have some fond memories of this circuit.  
   "A friend was riding on this track about 4 years ago on a Amigo 50 I restored for him, if only
he knew how ironic this was.   He was staying with friends in Wallan at the time.
   "I was very pleased to hear some parts still remain visible.   I once won a trophy, BP Honda Cup on a borrowed SL 70.   It was David or Gary
Armstrong's bike.  I was no good but that bike was quick.  
   "Still have a little memorabilia from Wallan.  EG:  Programs, signed by Gaston, Gerard poster and some plastic Hang Ten signs that
I acquired from the startline.  Myer MX stickers etc etc.  Thanks for the heads up (about Wallan) ..."
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« Reply #26 on: December 03, 2010, 07:59:57 PM »
i last went to wallan in 1983
our club (mcrcv) was looking at
doing something there but it never eventuated
took my rm500 for a blast though 8)
apart from all the washed out hills it was still pretty cool
rode there for the day then went home :'(
actually spoke to ray owen a few weeks ago he is still going strong
still has heaps of bikes and parts and yes it was a neigbour that put a end to
the track FU%@IN PRICKS >:(
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« Reply #27 on: December 03, 2010, 09:19:02 PM »
DONT SPOSE THE NEIGHBOURS HAVE FU%@ED OFF AN WE CAN HAVE THE TRACK BACK BY ANY CHANCE ??

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« Reply #28 on: December 03, 2010, 09:42:35 PM »
Barfoot and crew should have their second glorious Bill Patterson minibikes reunion up there!

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« Reply #29 on: December 04, 2010, 10:20:38 AM »
Somewhat cryptically. Any developments Geoff? Cheers Jerry

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« Reply #30 on: December 04, 2010, 11:00:45 AM »
Jerry,  Dunno if it will help,  I posted this on here a while ago,  the wide sandy coloured road is Old Sydney RD
I was guessing  the track was where i circled,  :-\
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« Reply #31 on: December 04, 2010, 11:47:49 AM »
Reckon your right KB doesn't help with the crap resolution though! Geoff may be working on a little something. Dont want to put too much pressure on him but watch this space..... Cheers Jerry

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« Reply #32 on: December 04, 2010, 07:09:56 PM »
You could be right KB, I was trying to picture it in the first clump of trees.
Almost went past the track today but didn't have time to call past.
Besides I'm afraid of the owners taking pot shots at me :o

I spent the last 2 days lookin for a video I have. Some friends took a lot of 8mm movies in the 70's from many different tracks including the first use of Broadford & also the Channel O circuit, Euroa dirt track, Hattah, Sea Lake & a few other tracks I don't recognise as well as around 3 events at Wallan.
They were professionaly transferred to Video about 20 years ago but it doesn't look so hot now when I review it.
Still it has a lot of intersting footage.
I will try to transfer to Digital over the Xmas break and maybe put some of the better bits on youtube.

I tried to steal a few stills from it straight from the TV.
It worked the other day with the Indiana Jones stuff while freezing a DVD but not so great from a video.

Heres a shot of the start line,
Its realy poor quality but it does show the tower right on the start line.

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« Reply #33 on: December 04, 2010, 09:23:50 PM »
1974 Start line , before they leveled it out.


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« Reply #34 on: December 06, 2010, 11:10:57 AM »
"Hey Roger
Love that Wallan stuff.   I must have done a thousand laps of that dusty, rutty, root-protruding, off-camber,
topsoil-less, slimy-when-wet shithole.

   It was my first comp on a bike. We went there to ride the trails on a CT70 dax and dad entered my brother
 on his SL70 and me in a race. We both got thirds and I was hooked.

From that to getting to the first corner in front of Gaston. Great memories.

PS: That 400 Yam with Steve on it No 94 in the photos was my first big bore. We bought it from them after the vic titles."

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« Reply #35 on: December 06, 2010, 05:33:17 PM »
If we are not on the ball to save barrabool  geelong, it will head in the same direction as wallan, land developers and neigbors will destroy the history of this great track, and it will be just  memeries. Support the fight to save Barrabool.
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Can you scan in some pics of the pages for us? ....... pwease!
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Can you scan in some pics of the pages for us? ....... pwease!

Try sending a private message-- PM..he's pretty good at replies  8)
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« Reply #42 on: September 12, 2021, 09:53:58 PM »
Some film of Wallan my brother in law just dug up
https://www.facebook.com/groups/OzVMX/permalink/1879910612191646/