SPIN: Weekend on Wheels
Cross Country motor racing trials
Moto Cross track at the motor sport complex. Photo: Jay Cronan
Canberra's motor sport community wants to revive its presence in the city and remove the stigma it is for ''bogans''.
The first step toward that goal took place at Fairbairn Park on Sunday, when a host of different clubs joined forces for Canberra's SPIN: Weekend on Wheels event. ACT Motorcycle Club, the Trials Club of Canberra, Southern District Motorsport Association and Canberra Kart Racing Club all held events.
Among the highlights was a freestyle motocross display by club member Harry Bink, a member of the National Showtime FMX team and national top 15 rider John Piutti.
ACT Motorcycle Club president Kevin MacGregor says strength in numbers is needed as motor sport looks to return to the limelight after Tralee Speedway's closure in 1997.
''What we're trying to do is show people a united front with motor sport, trying to legitimise it as a sport because it hasn't been that big since the speedway shut down,'' MacGregor said.
''We want to clean up the image of the sport and try and get away from the impression it's a bogan thing.
''A year ago we gave the trials club five acres of land because they were without a home - hopefully it will blossom.
''It's just exposure more than anything. We've got a track and 80 per cent of people wouldn't know it.''
Colin Zarczynski easily won the trials expert class from Sam Rummery on the complex's newly-completed obstacle course.