Big events on calendar

By ALAN PATERSON

SOUTH Grafton Ex-Services Motorcycle Club is already gearing up for a number of ma- jor events in coming months. Following the most success- ful year in the club's history, the club will again host the first round of the the North Coast Motocross Series on Feb- ruary 20. Preparations for the Febru- ary 20 event well under way. The North Coast Motocross Series is a five-way club event, with riders competing from Glen Innes, Inverell, Coffs Har- bour and Maclean. To get the riders back in the saddle and to blow the Christ- mas cheer away before this big event, the club will hold a practice day on February 6. All members are welcome. SGEMC have once again been awarded a round of the prestigious 'Dirt Action Am- cross Series,' which is the larg- est motocross series in Aust- ralia. Grafton will hold the third round, which will be a two day event, on May 18 and 19 with

juniors racing on Saturday and seniors on Sunday. Last year more than 300 rid- ers from all over the state and Queensland battled it out on the natural terrain motocross track. Favourable comments on the track and facilities by both riders and series co-ordinators alike cemented Grafton into this exciting and growing series. Apart from these two super events for the club, a series of 'Club Days and Trophy Days' will be conducted. They are

generally run on the third Sun- day of each month and either run in the motocross format or the natural terrain Amcross. Members gain points from each event for the end of year Club Championships. The Jacaranda Dirt Drags will be in its 13th year in Oc- tober and this event proves popular year after year with hardcore racers, once-a-year riders and spectators alike. The club has really hit upon a suc- cessful and unique format and although the last two years has

been a wash out, its popularity shines through and is set to be in the program for many more years. Although the Classic and Vintage facet of the club has been a little quiet recently, it is hopeed there will be a resur- gence with the possibility of a local rally. Another dimension the club is trying to nurture is that of Speedway and Junior Speed- way. The club has earmarked a small plot of land at its Gnud- woc Park complex suitable for

this growing sport and with healthy input and co-operation, it should see this long term dream become a reality in the near future. The first monthly meeting for the year is on Monday, January 10 at the South Club at 7.30pm. The February meeting will be the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and club officials are looking for a good roll up. For further information call president, Alan Paterson on 0412068329.



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