WALLY, 81, AND STILL RACING

Wally and John with John’s collection of bikes.
Wally and John with John’s collection of bikes.

At 81 years old Wally Cox and John Imrie not only love motorbikes they still race them.

The dynamic duo will be hitting the track at Nepean raceway on Sunday, August 18 in the Super Seniors event for riders over the age of 70 at the Annual Dirt Track Meet at Nepean Raceway.

They will be the oldest there but that has never bothered them before.

A few years ago Wally, a great grandfather from Mulgoa, won the event.

“We didn’t have enough riders over 70 so we made it over 60s. The bloke who came second was 64,” said Wally

He and John, who hails from Minto, met several years ago when competing.

It keeps them young. John has several bikes but Wally has two and normally rides his Yamaha Slider dirt bike, with a racing frame dating from the 1960s.

“I get to about 150k/mp to 160kmp in the straight but they can catch me round the corners now,” said Wally. “I have been slowing up in my old age.”

Wally first started racing bikes in 1957. His father and brother were successful racing car drivers but he stayed with motorbikes.

A life member of City of Penrith Motorcycle Club, Wally started the first charity event 20 years ago.

All monies raised at this year’s event will be donated to Australian Rotary Health Research into Early Onset Dementia.

A $5000 grant has also come from Tanya Davies MP through the State Government.

WHAT: The CCMCC Classic Charity weekend.
WHEN: August 17 and 18 from 10am to 4pm
WHERE: Nepean Raceway, Rickards Rd. Castlereagh.
ENTRY: Spectators gold coin entry
SATURDAY: Two 25 lap events on the Saturday and speedway bike demonstration.
SUNDAY: Over 70s event

Parade of past State and National Champion riders. Race events for motorcycles Pre 1975, and classes up to pre 1990. For details call the Secretary Shaun Gallaway on 0425 254 409.