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Ellaspede puts fun back into motorcycle racing

Ellaspede Dust Hustle

Brisbane custom shop Ellaspede will stage their Dust Hustle on September 20 in Brisbane proving that flat track is once again popular and trendy rekindling memories of 1960s cult film On Any Sunday.

But rather than a professional event, Dust Hustle is a fun event open to allcomers with classes that will encourage amateurs and some unusual – and totally inappropriate – bikes.

Ellaspede Dust Hustle

“Why try dirt track on the woefully inappropriate?” asks Ellaspede online and marketing manager Hughan Seary. “Because no good story ever started with ‘I was riding the correct bike in perfect conditions …’ The premise for the event is a run-what-you-ride dirt track day, with everything from scooters and posties through inappropriate road bikes and motocross machines. There will be a dirt track demo from some of the North Brisbane clubs senior riders at lunch time, plus the possibility of some high-profile riders on some low-profile bikes too.” 

The event is similar to the British Dirt Quake which is run on July 18-19 in Norfolk Arena, King’s Lynn, Norfolk. “We felt this type of event was missing from the local event calendar, hence Dust Hustle was born,” says Hughan.

Dust Hustle costs $65 for riders (or $85 after September 15) and free entry for spectators. “Given the spectacle of a mixed-classes event like this which hasn’t been run in this country before, we expect quite a turn out,” Hughan says.

The event is being run on Saturday September 20 from 8am to 4pm at the North Brisbane Junior Motorcycle Club’s Mick Doohan Raceway, 60 Raubers Rd, Northgate.

It is open to novices and seasoned track specialists. Classes include clutchless scooters and postie bikes, “risky” road bikes, street tracker, endure and MX, old mates (pre 1990) and “have your own” where you suggest a special category for you and at least seven of your mates on similar bikes. 

Riders will also have to buy a $25 Motorcycling Australia day licence if they don’t have one.