Put it in your diary people, the 11th "Make Smoking History Newman Echo Park Memorial" is to be held on Saturday the 3rd of March 2018 and will have a whopping $10,000 worth of cash and prizes to be won.
Want the opportunity to try a new track, challenge yourself against first class local competitors, meet new people or have a family fun weekend away riding? Then this is the event for you, you may even make history in the process and get your name on a trophy associated with an event that has started to gain national momentum and recognition.
This year the event will be a one day event to allow for riders and families travelling from all over the state to compete in the event and then have a relaxed journey home after a full day and night of racing. Juniors and Seniors will be competing from lunchtime through the afternoon and into the night making the "under lights" event even more spectacular.
Combine all of that along with the exciting and unique commentary from Nicki Shea-Howell gives WA a first class event to kick off the 2018 motocross season.
The other big news surrounding the event for this year is that if numbers allow there will be LADIES class incorporated into the event.
The canteen and bar will both be open during the event and camping is available at the track with upgraded facilities and hot showers will also be available.
The Oasis Newman have offered motel rooms for $60 a night along with discounted caravan sites for event competitors. You can find more details regarding the Oasis at www.oasisnewman.com.au
Being the 11th time that the event has been held the kitty has grown and there is now a huge $10,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs for juniors and seniors. There has already been a lot of interest from Metro and Regional riders so the club are anticipating that this will be a massive event for not only the region but Motocross in WA!
The motivation for the event came about after the Newman Motorcycle Club tragically lost two valued members in 2004. Michelle Russell & Luke Miles-Woodland (otherwise known as Little Woody). Michelle was a member of the club for about 20 years and in 2003 was president of the club and played a big part in raising substantial funds to keep the club running. Little Woody was the first quad rider to race the track and it was from here quad racing started at the Newman Motorcycle Club. He was a skilled and competitive rider who took out both the Club and Northwest Championships in 2004. The event is in honour of them and all other club members who have lost their lives or lifestyles whilst being members of the Newman MCC.
The Newman Motorcycle Club was incorporated back in 1984, the club started out north of the town and ran successfully there for a number of years, it was a track made on natural terrain which formed jumps and drop offs and dodged trees, the track was always under threat of floods, as it was situated next to a riverbed and was also on one of Newman’s mine access roads (OB25).
In the late 80's a decision was made between the local shire and the club to move the facilities just outside the LIA to a better location where it still is today, this track was to become “Echo Park”. The track is a hard packed one, set into a side of a hill consisting of many jumps and berms, the entire track is also visible from the canteen and bar area which has a large grassed viewing area and a playground for the kids.
Over recent years, with a lot of work from club members and help of local businesses many improvements have been made, an undercover pit area, full canteen and bar facilities, running of power lines to the premises, full automatic track reticulation and our most recent addition, full track lighting which allows competitors to ride under lights at a flick of a switch.
The Russell-Cox and Miles-Woodland families were instrumental in embracing the idea of the memorial event and in that, helping remember all. Without these families support and assistance, in conjunction with the valued members of the Newman Motocross Club, the event wouldn’t be what it is today.
The club caters for everyone, from the fast to the not so fast and riders who have travelled to Newman over the years have rated the track and facilities as some of the best around the motocross scene.
The Newman Motocross club are looking forward to opening the season, having FUN and doing battle in the dirt against the best in the North West along with all visiting riders that make the trek to their fantastic region!
As always, the Newman club would like to thank their sponsors, Healthway, FMG, Schlam Engineering, All West Engineering for coming on board again in 2018 to support their event.
Nominations available through Ridernet HERE
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Please contact club President – Darren on 0423 528 124 or Club Secretary – Kristan Outram on 0429 582 837 with any queries.
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