Maffra Sale Motorcycle Club
Maffra Sale Motorcycle Club started back in 1947 and has run continuously since then.
We currently have around 350 members with ages ranging from 5yrs to 75yrs with interests in nearly all forms of Motorcycle sport and recreation, particularly Motocross, Trials, Enduro, Road racing, Historic touring and Trail riding.
We maintain two Club facilities, the Morrison St, Clubrooms in Maffra is our headquarters, displaying our clubs memorabilia and a historic record of motorcycling in Gippsland. This venue is capable of seating around 100 people, it has kitchen facilities and is available for hire.
The Clubs second venue is our 40 grid Motocross facility at Newry, an undulating 2.25 km track with a mixture of surface types, it presents an ideal and comparatively safe competitive arena and training facility for our off-road riders of all ages.
Facilities at Newry include a canteen which operates on all club days and most events, wash down bays with a good water supply and showers/toilets for those wishing to camp overnight at events. We also have an extensive undercover area to shelter both participants and spectators during adverse weather conditions.
Over the past few years, we have hosted a number of major events including the 2009 Australian Junior Motocross Championships, MX Nationals Round, Senior and Junior Motocross Championship Rounds and Gippsland Region Motocross Championship Rounds. We also host the annual Great Divide Trail Ride and also the Annual Harold Parsons Reliability Ride.
More HistoryTheir first club ride was to Gormandale area where they shot a rabbit & had it for Lunch. Their first Scramble was at Glencoe lane at Longford, then they moved to Myrtlebank where they conducted events for several years. Most riders rode their bikes to the Scrambles & removed the lights & raced their bikes all day then rode home again They used to take a blanket around the crowd & collect money for charity. Penny Parade These funds fitted out an Ambulance for Sale In the early 1950s club members were scarce & the club became the Maffra- Sale Motorcycle & Car Club. this lasted a few years until both club built up members & went their own way again The club moved its track to Newry Recreation reserve in the early 1950s, before the Newry Golf Course was established. The club also they ran a Night Carnival in Maffra & raised enough money to fit out a hospital room at the Maffra District Hospital & received an Honorary Life Membership to the Hospital They then moved to the Newry Reserve and used to race over the old Rifle butt and down into the creek and back out again. The emergence of the Japanese into the Motorcycle world brought many changes to the sport as the heavier British bikes were phased out. Scrambles became Longer Moto X events It was around 1970 that the club started to build up funds for their own clubrooms. Catering was seen as a money winner & the club has been doing its own catering ever since. Gymkhana’s, Road runs, and Bush rides that lead into the start of the Alpine Enduro that ran for over 25 years In 1978 the club started building its own clubrooms at the Morison St. Recreation Reserve in Maffra which was opened in 1980. In 1982 the Council at that time made a decision not to let the club build proper toilets on the recreation reserve area, so the club purchased their own land at the rear of the Newry track & built their own Toilets & catering facilities which have later been extended. The track has been extended & moved over time, but some of the original 1950s track is still in use today. Mini bikes were Introduced into Gippsland by our club & were not recognised for several years by our controlling body. After much negotiating, they were then made part of Gippsland Centre & our Controlling body could see money in this side of our sport & later Mini Bikes were made part of the Moto X scene. The Maffra- Sale Motorcycle club is the only club East of Dandenong that has kept going all this time without folding up and restarting again. The club has members that compete in Moto X cross at all levels both State & Interstate, Also Road Racing both at Production & Classic meetings, plus a group of road riders who have road runs to different places & attend Classic rallies , Reliability Runs & Swap meetings. The club has run the Harold Parsons Memorial Rally since 1980 & the Ken Rumble & Peter Andrawatha Memorial Rallies. All were in memory of these great Motorcycle riders of their time. The club also runs the Great Divide trail ride for registered Enduro Riders & was the first club to officially conduct the Australian 4 Day Reliability Championships back in 1982. Moto X events from club level to state & National titles have been held at Newry track which has been developed to keep up with the times. It has an Irrigation system that can control the dust problem and making racing safer and better for both riders & spectators. The Moto X Complex is World Class. Much of the clubs history is displayed in the Clubrooms at Maffra. Shane Watts who started off riding in the mini bikes & the Junior 200 (A 200 lap, 2 rider teams race on part of the Newry track) went on to win Gippsland, Victorian & Australian Moto X titles, Enduro Titles, before taking out the World 125cc Enduro Champion in 1997 & the ISDE World Champion in 1998. He also won the GNCC Championship in USA. He donated his 125cc World Champion Cup to the club for their support over the years Shane is currently conducting riding schools for KTM and other riders in the USA Many Club members may not have visited the club rooms in Maffra where our Monthly meetings are held on the second Monday of each month, so come along and visit your own club rooms. Vintage Section The Vintage Section is getting stronger every year especially under the new Club Permit Registration system, with members being able to register & ride their over 25yr old bikes, basically one day a week for a registration fee of less than $70. per year The vintage section meets on the first Tue. of the month at various locations, from the Maffra Clubrooms to a BBQ at Cowwarr. The informal meetings keep member's in touch with each other and helps members get to know how to repair or restore their old motorcycles. They also have a monthly run to other events or to different scenic spots of Gippsland.