Held at the Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle the 2018 Shannons Insurance Night of Champions was a fitting finale to recognise Motorcycling Western Australia’s state champions across all disciplines.
Motorcycling WA's President, Tracy Simpson, opened the evening with a speech acknowledging all the clubs, committee's, volunteers and officials for their devotion and time which have made this year a successful year for motorcycling in Western Australia. She also acknowledged competitors achieving success nationally and internationally.
A list of State Championship Award Winners can be found HERE
To view a gallery of of photos from the night click HERE
Compared by Jarrod Maclean from J-Mac Media, tribute was paid to our new Hall of Fame inductees Sid Schlam and Glenn Britza, as well as recognising the many volunteers, coaches and officials that make the sport work and the following honourable awards were all distributed over the evening:
In 2018 Regan had a fantastic year competing in the local WA State Championships. He also travelled east to compete in the MX Nationals Rookie cup which saw him come away with the top spot on the podium after three rounds and second place in the 125 Jnr support class. Regan was also selected as a member of the Australian team to compete at the World Junior motocross titles in Horsham. Regan put in a stellar effort amongst the best young riders in the world to come away with a 10th place. Although this was not the result he was after, his grit and determination shone through and he gave it his all. After the Jnr worlds Regan was back east to compete in the Australian Jnr mx championships. Regan continued to put in an amazing campaign and was on track to finish his Jnr years in outstanding fashion when he experienced what was quoted as being the ‘crash of his life’ and left all amazed that he got out of that one. Like a true champion, Regan continued to take out the 2018 16yrs 250cc Australian championship. Regan is known for his professionalism on the track and in the pits. He always has a smile on his face and is regularly seen helping the younger riders and is a true inspiration. Regan displays the qualities of a true champion and a wonderful young man, a deserving winner of this award.
In 2018 Ben was crowned WA State Trial Champion – 1st Place Junior U16, VIC State Trial Champion – 1st Place Junior 7-U13 and Australian Champion – 3rd Place Junior 9-U13
Ben works very hard on all aspects of his riding and is focused on the long-term progress of his riding. He responds exceptionally well to instruction and learns incredibly fast, due to his determination and drive. The time and effort he is putting in by riding trials and enduro events is now showing in his results. All his results have been in Junior classes where he is at the bottom of the age range and riders were up to 6 yrs older than him. Ben has been an exceptional performer for all of his time in Trials competition. His dedication to his riding and development has been outstanding. He is a model club member in both Trials and Junior Off-road Riding club, helping whenever possible and showing the highest level of sportsmanship to his fellow competitors. He helps at the Mini trial development days and is already a great mentor and coach, to many of the youngest trial’s riders. Given his age and time in the sport, Bens achievements are phenomenal, and he is an asset to the sport of Trials and Motorcycling as a whole. Congratulations Ben on your well-deserved award.
Women's Rider Recognition Award -TAHLIA O'HARE
Tahlia is an inspirational role model, athlete and ambassador for the sport and in particular for Womens sport. Tahlia is always approachable and encouraging. Never gives up, always smiling and puts in 110%. Inspires others to better themselves, battles against the boys and inspires future generations. In her first year in snr ranks TJ put in an amazing effort against some quality competition to come away with a WA State Championship title in the Womens MX, as well as competing in the MX 2 class alongside the men. Tahlia travelled to NZ to compete in the women’s mx championships and came away with a third position on the podium. Competing in the Australian Women’s mx champs with the first round here in Manjimup TJ was able to put her talent to the test amongst the countries best riders which saw some of the best racing of the event. In Coolum TJ again put together some amazing riding, including an outstanding holeshot to finish in fourth position overall.
Hall of Fame-GLEN BRITZA
Glen Britza was born on 10th September 1934. At the age of 22 joined the Bunbury Motorcycle Club racing his 250cc Triumph Tiger 70. Glen’s first road race was in 1959 at the Glen Iris circuit in Bunbury riding a 125cc BSA Bantam. His first open meeting was in 1961 at Suttons Paddock in Mandurah where he rode a 200cc DOT. Not content with just riding events, Glen was the property officer for the Bunbury Motorcycle Club for over 40 years and he set out the safety hay bales at every Bunbury road race between 1961 and 1988 as well as timing and setting out the Bunbury 200 Enduro for 20 years. His racing career includes two 2nd place Australian Championship Titles and seven State Motocross Championship Titles, Glen is in active member of the Vintage motorcycle movement and still a competing entrant in 2018, culminating in a 62-year motorcycling career. Glen was awarded life membership of the Bunbury Motorcycle Club in 1972 and still attends every monthly meeting. His outstanding racing record and commitment to assisting and developing motorcycle sport makes him a fitting Motorcycling WA Hall of Fame member. We welcome Glen Britza into the Motorcycling WA Hall of Fame.
Outstanding Woman in the Sport- LYNNE MAKIN
Lynne is an integral part of the MWA Women’s Committee and is also an MWA delegate. This year she has been Race Secretary for the State Round Enduro championship series along with all the T&E club events. Lynne co-ordinates the volunteers and manages the timing team at all the Senior Enduro events. She is a positive force within the Enduro scene by always encouraging volunteers & riders (in particular the girls and women riders). Lynne helps across all disciplines. She volunteers to help at other Club events such as the Supermoto Nationals, Northam Grasstrack, and is regularly seen scooting around on her TTR doing track maintenance with her husband Alan at the Off-road Riding Club events. Lynne is an honorary life member of T&E Club and life long member BSA Motorcycle Club. You would have to go a long way to find a better ambassador that supports as many disciplines with such enthusiasm, kindness and encouragement to everyone.
Volunteer of the Year-BOB HUMPHREYS
Bob has been a member of the Historic Competition Motorcycle Club of WA for more years than anyone can count, prior to taking up Road Racing Bob was a word class speedway rider and Chairman of the British Speedway Riders Association for 5 years. Bob has been a volunteer and committee member for 10 years including the last 3 as President of HCMC. Bob and wife Maureen work tirelessly almost every day for the benefit of the Club and its members, this can be witness during any event were you will find Bob organizing, fixing and running around to ensure every event is a success with absolute priority placed on the safe enjoyment of racing at all times, while still finding time to entertaining you with his jokes. With Historic's home track in Collie Bob and Maureen attend every race meeting they are the first to arrive, last to leave and it is this dedication to the club and under his tenure the club has seen record members and entries.
Coach of the Year - LUKE DAVIS
Luke has made a transition from a pro rider to coach and has been building his coaching profile in WA for several years. Establishing his 14 MX Development brand, Luke has always supported the growth of Junior motocross in WA. Luke provides on and off the bike support to young riders, he is always at a track conducting coaching clinics, doing one to one coaching or he is working behind the scenes. At the track he shows passion and commitment to his riders and developing the sport. This year his team riders came away with some outstanding results in the WA junior MX titles. This year Luke was selected as the Team Manager to support the WA Team at the junior mx championships. The riders reported it was great to have the support of someone who was able to give advice and help them improve their racing. Luke is a passionate man who has been able to share his knowledge of riding to help others improve their racing and he is always willing to help when he can.
Hall of Fame - SIG SCHLAM
presented by Tracy Simpson " Sigismund (Sig) Schlam was born in Boulder in 1905 and raised in Yarloop where his father ran the timber mill. His parents had emigrated from South Africa and sent Sig to Capetown to study at university after he completed high school. Sig did not complete the course in South Africa and returned to Western Australia where he worked at the Yarloop timber mill before taking up employment at Mortlock Brothers - the leading motorcycle business in the city at the time. Sig started racing grass track at Claremont in 1926. When speedway came to Claremont in October 1927 Sig quickly became one the major attractions setting many track records and often being heavily handicapped to increase the spectacle for the 20,000-capacity crowd. While the first official Australian Championship was not held until 1929 Sig won the 1928 Australian one-mile championship in Adelaide and returned to Western Australia as a hero to his many fans. Sig travelled to the United Kingdom to race but was misled with a raw deal from the promoter and returned to Western Australia in late 1928 proving to be unbeatable on his Douglas Dirt Tracker winning nearly 50 trophies including “golden helmets” cups and awards. In the 1930’s with the depression in full swing racing was moved to the WACA ground. On Saturday 1 November 1930 Sig hit the safety fence in the A grade handicap final after conceding big starts to the other riders due to his dominance. He died in Perth Hospital some hours later leaving a wife and two daughters. We welcome Sig Schlam into the Motorcycling Western Austral Hall of Fame.
Official of the Year-MEAGHAN ANDREWS
Meaghan has been WAMX Race Secretary for number of years, from the very beginning of her time with WAMX Meaghan has been hard working and eager to master all aspects of her position. She has always gone over and above to assist rider, clubs, officials and given ups many of her weekends in dedication to the sport, over the years Meaghan has taken the time to mentor other Race Secretaries and pass on her wealth of knowledge that she has obtained throughout the years. Recently Meaghan gained her L4 Race Secretary accreditation and was invited to be the Race Secretary for the Moto GP at Phillip Island an honour given to only few officials.
Sportsperson of the Year -NEIL PRICE
Neil needs no introduction to the Western Australian motorcycling community as 13-time state champion, many years in the top five of the best Moto Trials riders in Australia and as a representative in the international Trials des Nations. For many years Neil has coached and mentored most of the best riders in WA trials and gives freely of his time to assist and promote the sport to new riders in both WA Trials Clubs. More recently Neil has broadened his coaching horizons, spreading his skills to coach many riders in enduro, hard enduro and adventure riding to demonstrate and develop riding skills that increase rider safety, skill and enjoyment in their chosen sport and/or hobby. His lifelong dedication to all facets of off-road motorcycling in Western Australia and his popularity as he is renown among motorcyclists in Western Australia makes him a fitting recipient of this award.
WAMX Junior Host Club of the Year - Bunbury Motorcycle Club
WAMX Highest Junior point Scorer - Seth Shackleton & Jae Dowsett
WAMX Host Senior Club of the Year- Manjimup Motorcycle Club
WAMX Senior Highest Point Score-Matt Fabry
Most Improved Club – Historic Competition Motorcycle Racing (HCMC) WA
Club of the Year-AJS Moto Trials