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Laverda Club Victoria

 

 

You can meet Laverda Owners Victoria and friends on the last Tuesday of the month at the Malvernvale Hotel, 1321 Malvern Road, Malvern 3144.

Join them from around 8pm, if you want to talk about Laverda or find out more information about the bikes.
The venue for the monthly meeting might change or need special arrangements due to Covid-19 so please contact Dave Doyle for updates before the end of the month.
An interest in, a knowledge of, or previous ownership of Laverda is all you need. When they get together or go for a ride all are welcome, regardless of your brand of bike.

You can join Laverda Owners Victoria $30 for 12 months
Pay by direct debit from a credit card or bank account to receive the newsletter, notification of special events, rides, and rallies

ANZ Bank Malvern
Account Name:    Club Laverda
BSB Number:       013 350
Account:              304 697 804     

Remember to put your name in the Description and email all enquiries to Dave Doyle laverdaownersvic@iprimus.com.au

The history and events of the Laverda Club in Victoria is long and varied, this unofficial page represents a condensed modern history from the perspective and involvement of DAM Classic Racing Pty Ltd in the development of the club.
DAM Classic Racing (DAMCR) has supported Laverda Owners Victoria 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 CEO 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 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. "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 he was racing at the time. The Australian Superbike Series beginging 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 campaigned a highly modified Laverda 500 Montjuic that won race after race 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. It was on display for many years in the National Motor Museum in South Australia. In 1990 Greg Parish  finished 5th in the International WSBK Classics at Phillip Island on a modified Laverda 1200(*2350) and won the BEARS (Formula European Championship) Series  that same year, both having substantial prize money. The final round of BEARS was staged at the iconic MacNamara Park Raceway in South Australia. This raceway has a rich history of fostering top class riders, many going on to the world stage to represent Australia in World Superbikes and MotoGP. The outside dining area of the clubrooms is paved with tiles commemorating past winners, sponsors and club members. Not withstanding the common spelling error in Greg's surname, it is great to see Laverda represented in the flagstones of this courtyard.

 

The club's Public Officer and Committee member at the time Phil Murrell also took to the tracks in the early '90s on his Laverda Harris Magnum II 1200. After several years of successful competition in Superbikes, Thunderbikes and BEARS, and with legendary Laverda tuner Ennio Bardalla working his magic on the engine he took on the best in his class over of the 3 round/year series to win the prestigious Master Of Mac Park (Period 5) in 1995.