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Preview: 2018 Dust Hustle 7

10 months ago | Words: Dust Hustle | Photos: Brendan Schouten Photography

Possibly the wildest ‘properly organised’ motorcycle event in Australia returns to the North Brisbane flat track for its seventh instalment on Saturday, September 1 – the day before Fathers Day. With great success over the past few years, it’s no surprise that what the promoters call “Australia’s biggest inappropriate dirt day” has sold out in record time. But if you didn’t secure your spot, make sure you jump on the waiting list.
This event isn’t just about the riders; it’s great for spectators too. So to find out a little more about this whacky event, here’s Dust Hustle’s take on it…

What the hell’s it all about?

A bit of good old-fashioned riding fun on ‘whatever rig you can wrangle’ for the day. No strict race categories, just four broad groups of motorcycle types that are cut loose on the professional dirt track for some flat track fun without the racing seriousness. It’s laid back with a keen focus on good times and inappropriate action, so you’ll find everyone from first-time dirt dabblers to ex-GP winning pros mixing it up.

What are the classes?

Dust Hustle is about getting out and riding, no matter what bike you ride. This is one of those events you’ll your grandkids about, because it’s the type of riding enjoyment that got us all started and exactly the type of fun you’d want the next generation to have. So if you’ve got a bike (or can access Gumtree) then there’s a class for you.

1. Small Bike Burners

This group of featherweight flyers is open to any clutchless bikes PLUS other small bikes with clutches under 150cc. Get the Grom’s out and tear the tarp off the old farm bike because the small bore battle just got interesting. No 2-stroke race bikes, they can get F’ed to the Enduro & MX class.

2. Risky Road Bikes

A road bike that is road legal (or close to), your daily ride, a weekend tarmac warrior or highway cruiser. You never know where the skills you pick up here will help you. Plus it’s inappropriate, so possibly the most fun and impressive category.

3. Old Mates (Pre 1990 machines)

Roll out the vintage and classic steeds; this pre-1990 only class is open to anything old and awesome. An eclectic mix of ‘desert sleds’ and ‘pan heads’ can opt to take part in this jalopy jive category. Expect a number of $500 gumtree specials mixing it up in this category too.

4. Enduro & MX

Got an ‘appropriate’ dirt bike but still want in on the action? Well, there’s still a class for ‘those who regularly like to get their plumbs in the crumbs’. Expect some interesting outfits in this group, as riders add some extra ‘spice’ on these mainstream machines. Non-registered bikes are accepted, with no limit on engine size. Open to any Enduro or MX bikes, old and new.

Keen to come & watch?

Apart from some of the loosest on track antics you’ll ever see at a professional racetrack, spectators can also expect a stacked trade show alley, 10+ gourmet food trucks from The Food Truck Roundup, a trackside bar, open pit access, pro dirt track lunchtime demos and an epic spectator raffle that you get a ticket in just for showing up.

Wrap all that up for $5 per person entry fee, kids under 16 are free and 15 minutes drive from the Brisbane CBD puts it up there for the best value motorsport entertainment going. Plus it’s on the day before father’s day, so there’s your weekend sorted.

QUICK INFO

  • Keen to check it out? Only go if you enjoy good times.
  • When: Saturday September 1, 2018 (the day before Fathers Day)
  • Time: 8:00am-6:00pm (Riding 9:00am-4:00pm)
  • Where: Mick Doohan Raceway, 96 Raubers Road, Banyo Qld 4014
  • Spectators: $5 (kids under-16 are free) purchase at the gate.

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