Sep 5, 2016 - Posted by: Prickle

Dust Hustle 2016 some hours inhaling dust and fumes.

The night before it was chucking it down with rain and the forecast was for a wet day on the Saturday, the Dust Hustle was to start. The morning broke and there wasn’t a damn cloud in the sky, but the wind was blowing a gale, the day started out slow, but I finally got my stuff together.....

and packed it into the old saddlebags, for the trip out to a Brisbane suburb, called Nudgee. The wind was blowing me and the bike around like a rag doll and going over the gateway bridge, you are up that high with unimpeded gale force winds, lets just say I must of looked like I was drunk, with some of angles I was at, just to keep on a straight line.

It’s not a long ride from my place to where I needed to go, so I didn’t have that long, putting up with the wind anyway. The clear blue skys were great, especially, after what the weather forecast was supposed to be, heavy rain all day. I turned up the street that leads you into the flat track venue, called the Mick Doohan Raceway. You could see the ground water and it was a bit boggy in the parking area and around the other places, but with the rain we got over night, it wasn’t too bad at all.

The usual suspects were here and there, seemed to be a bigger crowd this year, along with a few more vendors which is always a good sign. It was a bit after 1pm by this time and the races had been going since 8.00am I think. One of the Harley flat trackers, looked as if he had put her down, with busted bars and air cleaner ripped clean off and a real bad scuff on the tank.  The track itself looked real good, was dry and still needed the old trusty water truck to wet her down from time to time, you knew when she was drying out, as the dust was quick to get into your eyes.

I took a few shots from the pits, then made my way on top of the viewing mound, with the rest of the crowd that had gathered to watch the riders twist those throttles. These blokes and ladies are into this addictive adrenalin pumping action called flat tracking on the dirt. Everyone that races here, is here for a fun time, some even dress for the occasion as you might see in some of the photos, mutant ninja turtles, navy captains, blokes dressed in suits and the overalls and then some are wearing dirt bike riding gear, now what were they thinking ….lol.

The track seemed to be in good shape and the bikes were flying, a few had bits fall of and a couple went down. But there was one bloke that caught my eye this year, he was just awe inspiring. Every race he was in, he would lap the whole field many times in the few laps he had, he could ride the track on his back wheel. He made it look so effortless to slide the track with or without a foot down he was nearly as fast in the corner as he was in the straights. The Harleys always get the crowd noisy and this year was no exception, there was one with upswept trumpet pipes that got down and dirty in those corners and put on a real show, as did many other like the old walla, where the rider is busier than a one legged man at a butt kickin contest!!  With a foot clutch tank change and some adjusting on mixture and advance & retard on the timing …..  Full on entertainment.

After a few of the heats, I went and checked out the pits, then through to the vendors, which I think, there was more there this year, I then continued my way around to the other side of the track and ran into a few mates that had made the effort to get some fresh air and smell the two stroke fumes. On the way back, I made a stop at a vendors stall that caught my eye, well the name did, Gary McCoy Coaching most would remember him from GP days and motocross as well, I Spoke with Gary and his offsider, Gary explained he is couching riders these days, out on a huge property at Cooyar, but will also coach on-road as well as off road, so if you’re in the need to go camping and riding, this may be right up your alley.

Well as much as I didn’t want to leave, I had another event to get to, so if you are around this area next year, get along to the Dust Hustle, bring the whole family and make a day of it, because after the racing, there is entertainment and refreshments as there plenty of food and refreshments throughout the day, so mark that calendar, it’s free for spectators and I hope when you do make it, you have a great day as I have for a few years now.

Ride Well Ride Hard

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By Steve Prickle Clancy

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