The VMCCWA W.A. TT

THE W.A. TT: This run is one of the major events of the Vintage Motor Cycle Club of W.A. annual calendar. As the name suggests the run commemorates a famous 150 mile Tourist Trophy Race (W.A. TT) first held in October 1912. The WA Motorcycle Club (WAMC) was formed in 1912 and the Club became a very active organisation conducting various motor cycle trials and races. The WAMC organised the first W.A.T.T. on a course over public roads which were little more than unsealed bush tracks.

The start was at the Norwood Hotel, Lord Street, East Perth with entrants departing at intervals based on a handicap system. The 150 mile race went from Perth to York, Northam, Lloyds Crossing and returning to Perth. The first race was held on the 21st October 1912 with some 14 starters and only 8 riders completed the event. An achievement to be appreciated considering the machines and road conditions at the time. The first place went to an entrant riding a 2 ¾ HP New Hudson in a time of some 4hours and 23 minutes at an approximate average speed of 34 miles/hour (55 km/hour).

The VMCCWA has re-enacted the Inaugural W.A. T.T. each year since 1975. The WA TT will be held this year on 20 October as the Centenary W.A. TT celebrating the last 150-mile road race on public roads in W.A. Recent research uncovered the fact that the last race was run after the war and not in 1915 as had been previously believed. The First World War made racing impractical during the war’s duration. After the war local Road Boards were reluctant to approve racing on public roads due to the danger and risk of injury to normal road users. However in 1919 the W.A. Motor Cycle Club obtained approval to again run the W.A. TT. This event turned out to be the last held. The full story of why this is so will soon be published in a short history of the W.A. TT written by Murray Barnard.

The theme for the 2019 W.A. TT was to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the last 150-mile race held in 1919.

Details for the 2020 WA TT will be available closer to the event in October.

Contact Stephen Hills  steve.mag@icloud.com for more details.