FOR 90 years the Grasstree Beach Motorcycle Beach Races has turned the beach into an action packed racetrack with high calibre machines and is more popular than ever.
The 2017 event is expected to break records after it has gained worldwide attention in recent years through social media. A Facebook promo video gained an exposure of half a million views in 24 hours.
There has also been a feature in a Dirt Bike Magazine showcasing the event across a seven-page spread to the Australasian motorcycling community.
The event has been held near Mackay since 1926 when a group of friends decided to race at Bucasia beach. The race turned into a yearly social event only being suspended during the war times.
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In the early 1950s Mackay Motorcycle club turned the event into a charity day with profits going to a disabled children foundation.
The event continued to raise funds for the ambulance through the 1970s and 1980s.
In 1990 the event was moved to Grasstree Beach and the Gum Valley Motorcycle Club took over the organisation.
Former Australian Enduro Champion from Koumala, John Hand, raced in the event in the 1970’s when he was in his early twenties.
“I went and watched it in 1976 and then I rode in it in 1978,” he said.
“It was fairly low key, there wasn’t a big crowd and I rode for a fair few years…
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