Which bike, which issue?

Pan Pacific Masters Games 2012 - Gold Coast, Queensland

By Col Metcher
Photos by VMXShotz.com (Jackie Macdonald)

The Pan Pac Games are held every second year and have been running since 1998.  There are nearly forty sports involved and this year there were more than 12,000 participants overall.

Motorcycle sport has been included since 2002, firstly with just motocross. In 2004 the Games included motocross, Dirt Track and Speedway. Since then there's been vinduro and enduro added (modern and vintage).

Motorcycle entries were well down on 2010 with a total of 102 riders (and about 200 bikes). The program included vintage (up to Pre '90) and modern MX on Sat, and Vinduro and Enduro on the Sunday. Vinduro was for any machine up to Pre '90, with a minimum rider age of 30, with the oldest team being 74 (based on average age).

The Vinduro was held in the morning with a two hour duration on a 8 km loop with a team of two riders. The Enduro was open to all bikes, same age categories (30-40, 40-50 etc) in the afternoon on a 15 km loop with teams of either two, three or four riders scheduled for four hours but reduced due to an accident.

Riders and machines varied enormously, with the oldest machine being a 1964 Twin Port CZ and the oldest riders were 74. The standout performance in classic MX was probably the sidecar dual between the Fox and Mattock teams with the wives on one machine and husbands on the other. Several riders rode four classes of MX on Saturday and both Vinduro and Enduro on Sunday, certainly getting their money's worth.

Click on the pictures below to view larger

1 2 3
4 5 6
7 8 24
10 11 12
13 9 15