The Annandale-Leichhardt Motorcycle Club is run by a passionate committee who have a wealth of on and off track experience.
Kevin joined ALMCC in 1988. He attended club training and race days, becoming involved with the committee early on. He admits he finds it hard to remember a time when he wasn’t club president.
His on-track experience includes racing his German Zundapp outfit that he still owns, which he faced some struggles proving its classification as a period 3 outfit. He has also steered a period 4 outfit to some success locally and contested some international events.
As some members of the club who filled on track officiating positions passed on Kevin put his engineering knowledge to use as a scrutineer. He also found himself in a position to be developing training and accreditation processes and materials for road race sidecar passengers along with then club member and experienced passenger Evelyne Scholz.
Jeff Brown first experienced road race sidecars attending training days at Oran Park in 1992 with a friend. He enjoyed the experience but wasn’t in a position to get serious about it at the time.
In 2001 he purchased a Honda F1 sidecar and discovered he thrived on the competition that comes with good racing, something he didn’t get when taking part in ride days. This outfit is now on the bench in Steve Bayliss’s workshop and Jeff is onto his third F1 short bike of his racing career.
Jeff is also the series coordinator for the Australian F1 and F2 Sidecars which is a support category for the Australian Superbike Championship.
Warren is the only ALMCC committee member that has not raced sidecars, but he has motocross and his family have strong ties to motorsport. His grandfather was the timekeeper for the Bathurst Easter event as well as taking on the duties for Amaroo Park, Oran Park and Eastern Creek – tasks that followed the family line until they were no longer needed.
He joined in 2008 when he purchased a F2 sidecar with his son Simon – he now owns two and a half outfits. Warren picked up committee work almost as soon as he joined the club and has held various positions over the years including vice president, and club captain with his financial training making him prime candidate for treasurer.
Warren is also the secretary for the Post Classic Racing Association (PCRA).
Daryl, or Dags as he is known, went along to a training day in 1999 and liked the sport so much he and a mate went out and brought an F1 sidecar – and he has been broke ever since.
Some 10 years earlier he was a spectator at superbike rounds and remembers watching the masses converge on the fence when sidecars rolled out – they truly are something else and that is what he loves about the sport.
Over the years Dags has competed in six Isle of Man events and currently competes in the Australian F2 Sidecar Championship. He is pictured with Wendy, his passenger from Isle of Man TT.
Sandi has been a member of ALMCC since 1978 when some girls she was living with got her along to race meetings and then club events. She had a road bike as her main mode of transport but never fancied racing solos.
She did some come and try days but struggled to get a ride so spent a few years on speedway sidecars until Brian Jackson got in touch in 1981 and she jumped on with him for several years. She has also been the swinger for Stan Bayliss and Peter Able at times until she and then partner Rob Walter paired up.
Unfortunately while the mind is willing, the racing has had to stop for Sandi but she has fond memories of racing at Bathurst, in Tasmania and across Australia.
Simon has always loved being around motorsport and officially joined ALMCC in 2004 at 16 years old.
He spent a few years as a passenger and in 2008 he and his dad, Warren, purchased their first F2 sidecar that Simon would ride. He enjoys the rush of racing and the drive to get better and better.
Simon has been on the committee for around five years and has also taken up a position with the Post Classic Racing Association as the sidecar delegate, acting as a representative for outfits.