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Vintage motocross meet at Rushworth

Rushworth's Goulburn Valley Racing Club will host the Karel Morlang Memorial race tomorrow.

ERIN LYONS August 8, 2014 3:05am

Joshua and Tom Weyrich will compete in the Karel Morlang Memorial race tomorrow at Rushworth.

The home of vintage motocross racing celebrates its 10-year anniversary this year.

Rushworth’s Goulburn Valley Racing Club will play host to the Karel Morlang Memorial race tomorrow.

The feature event is a 10-lap race and anyone interested is welcome to join in.

Echuca-Moama based motocross enthusiast Tom Weyrich said he was purely a competitor but had two major goals he aimed to achieve.

‘‘Firstly, I want to draw attention to the event that’s taking place,’’ he said.

‘‘Secondly, I wish to show off the really old bikes. It’s something the older people love.’’

Weyrich said before it was called motocross, the events where known as scrambles and Saturday’s event was an example of a classic scrambles meeting.

The race will be performed in memory of renowned former scrambles racer, Karel Morlang.

‘‘Karel Morlang was a very successful scrambles racer in the ’60s, ’70s and early ’80s,’’ Weyrich said.

‘‘He recently passed away and he’s what we would call an A-grade rider.’’

While Weyrich said paying his respects to Morlang was important, there were many other things he would enjoy about the event.

‘‘What I like about this is that it’s a gathering of old motorcyclists,’’ he said.

‘‘Wherever there’s old motorcyclists, there’s old blokes.’’

Weyrich said his 1955 TriBSA and his 1967 BSA were his two most prized possessions.

‘‘I’ve got a couple of old bikes that I go to great lengths to preserve,’’ he said.

‘‘I’ve just come back from America from the mid-Ohio swap meet, which is a dedicated motorcyclist swap meet.

‘‘I search the planet to keep these things going and it’s just such a joy.

‘‘Some people collect stamps, some people collect all matter of things and I collect old motorcycles.’’

Weyrich will race alongside his 32-year-old son, Joshua Weyrich, tomorrow.

‘‘It’s my intention to enter in the 10-lap memorial race,’’ Weyrich said.

‘‘But whether or not I can last 10 laps, we will see.

‘‘This bike is heavy and it will physically wear me out.

‘‘I’m not 20 anymore.’’

The interest in this obscure sport is growing and there are a few Echuca-Moama based competitors taking part in the event.

‘‘Last year, there was a few guys competing from the area,’’ Weyrich said.

‘‘This event is pretty significant for us because it’s the only one that’s held in the northern part of the state. It’s in my backyard virtually.’’

Unlike most motocross events, the Rushworth raceway is slightly different to most courses.

‘‘People seem to think that it’s all bumps and jumps and stuff, but it’s not. It does make it a bit easier.’’

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