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16th Classic Dirt Track Charity Meeting Hailed A Huge Success

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Damien Krizaic – one of the stars of the weekend. Photo: Mark Staudinger

The City of Penrith Motorcycle Club staged its 16th Classic Dirt Track Charity Meeting at the Nepean Raceway on the weekend of August 5-6 and there was an overwhelmingly positive verdict from competitors and onlookers alike.

This year the two-day meeting featured the 2023 New South Wales Classic and Post Classic Dirt Track Championships, as well as support classes for classes that attracted smaller numbers.

There were lots of old bikes, over 220 in total, ranging from some in great condition to others that had simply been dusted off and fired up.

Riders travelled from as far away as Proserpine in the north, Adelaide in the west and Melbourne in the south and there were plenty of honours going to those riders to make their trip worthwhile.

The whole two days were a great success marked by some great camaraderie between competitors, who ranged from several prominent names from the past to plenty of club-level riders who simply get out there to enjoy themselves.

Many machines were able to contest more than one class so that certainly kept the riders very busy, with many of them taking to the track on both days.

There was plenty of serious intent on the track but the riders seemed to remember that they and their machines were not as young as they used to be.

Victorian father and son Ray and Aaron Stevens were among dual class winners along with Damien Krizaic and sidecar duo Corey Forde / Darren Fraudenstein.

Another class winner Lee Hunter and Damian Krizaic were the winners of the 25-lap races that wrapped up the programme each day. On Saturday in the Pre 90s Hunter could not shake off Ray Stevens but the Victorian could not get any closer than about 10 metres adrift for much of the race.

Damian Krizaic scored an all-the-way win in the Classic marathon on Sunday.

Results were acknowledged with placegetters in each class receiving an award, but overall the most telling outcomes were sentiments expressed at those presentations.

Without exception, riders praised and thanked the club for organising the meeting which has become a ‘must-do’ for many riders.

On-going battles with particular opponents delighted many while the spirit of proceedings extended to some of the competitors being mocked for being so slow walking up to the presentation rostrum and some winners chided for struggling to get up to the top step – some of them taking the long way round via the 3rd place step!

One other feature of the weekend that must be mentioned was the Honour Lap for sidecar great, the late Peter Shoemark which was staged at lunchtime on Saturday. Shoemark, who passed away in March, was a multiple championship winner who competed in over 100 meetings at his ‘home’ track, Nepean, and he was also a prolific builder of race machines.

A number of those machines took part in the parade which was witnessed by a large group of family members.

At the presentation on Saturday afternoon, the City of Penrith Motorcycle Club announced that this year’s charity, the Newborn & Paediatric Emergency Transport Service (NETS) will receive $5,000, with that amount likely to be ‘topped up’ when the accounts for the weekend are finalised.

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