- Laverda Club Victoria
Laverda Club Victoria
UPCOMING EVENTS RIDES & EVENTS
March 6 Swanpool Moto Festival includes Trophies for show and shine Laverda categories
March 6 (Curdievale Rally re-scheduled contact us for details)
March 26-28 Rutherglen Winery Tour. contact us for details
The history and events of the Laverda Club in Victoria is long and varied, this webpage represents a condensed modern history from the perspective and involvement of DAM Classic Racing Pty Ltd in the development and support of the club.
DAM Classic Racing (DAMCR) has supported the Laverda Club Victoria, Club Laverda Victoria and Laverda Owners Victoria group with substantial sponsorship of events, contribution for fund raising and raffles for many years and has hosted this webpage on DAM Classic Racing and a similar page on the DAM Group website since 2007. As a Laverda Parts Dealer it continues to provide a central point of contact for Laverda spare parts worldwide and mechanical services to its members and owners of all types of classic motorcycles.
Many people have been instrumental in the formation and continuation of the Laverda Club in Victoria. This page cannot detail all their vital contributions or give the credit that is due for the hard work of all those who have played a pivotal role in the history of this fine club over so many years. Some have passed away leaving us with fond memories and tall tales, some have enjoyed their time as a Laverda owner and moved to other interests, a core group has stayed with the club since it's earliest beginnings. Anyone with knowledge of the early years and who would like to contribute details to make this page more informative please email us.
The Director of DAMCR Greg Parish ACS has been a member of Club Laverda Victoria since 1984, and an office bearer in various capacities at times when the Club was staging rides, track days and race meetings for its members and other clubs for several years. These were the heydays of club racing in Victoria when genuine Laverda SFC750s along with several 1000/1200s were regularly seen on the tracks around Victoria and South Australia. John Nickles, Hillary Heenan and Phil Peacock regulary organised members ride days at Winton Raceway. For several years from 1980 Phil Peacock raced his Laverda Jota 1000 with success in Superbike races at some of the world renowned racetracks like Calder Park Raceway, Sandown Park and Winton. Laverda was a current model bike and competitive. Phil Peacock remembers, "These were the days when we got paid prize money for racing. When I look back, if I finished in the top 5 places the prize money actually covered the cost of entry and tyres" Phil recalls. "Sometimes I found myself lining up with names like Robbie Phylis, Kevin Magee and Andrew 'AJAY' Johnson on the Syndicate Kawasaki Superbike.". When the Syndicate was retired Greg Parish obtained one of the sets of special grind cams for his Kawasaki Z1R based 1100cc superbike. The Australian Superbike Series beginning in the 1970's became a crucible for some of the best riders in world championship motorcycle history. The story of how it created the world’s longest-running and most successful race category is told in the book Race Across The Great Divide.
Vena Lavery, an accomplished mechanical engineer and rider, campaigned a highly modified Laverda 500 Montjuic that often won races against larger capacity Japanese bikes for two years 1984-85. His very loud Monty was easily recognised by its bright orange paint and external oil hoses from the crankcases to supply the overhead cams. The bike subsequently changed owners several times and while in need of some loving care was on display for many years in the National Motor Museum in South Australia.
After switching from Kawasaki to race Laverda Greg Parish wrote to the racing committee to suggest running a BEARS series, hoping that they would specifically exclude the Ducati 851. The BEARS (Formula European Championship) Series went ahead, but the committee declined his suggestion and the ducati 851 was not excluded from the competition.