The Sunbury retro BMX factory.
Out in the Northern suburbs of Melbourne a retro BMX racing revolution is taking place and it seems that retro BMX racers are coming out of the Sunbury BMX club on a production line. It all started at the 2016 National BMX Championships when club coach James Lautier, got himself on an old school bike and came out and won the 2016 Australian Retro BMX title in the 14+ category. A young Samuel Todd, would then start to take an interest in retro racing and soon was on the starting line, but being that there was not a lot of junior retro racers at the time, he would often line up against the old guys at open meets and as you can see from the video of 2016’s Geelong Thunder race meet, you can see he acquitted himself well, including giving this old bloke a hiding every moto.
Next to join the retro ranks is Jenson Brown, who you may remember I lost a bet to at the 2016 Victorian retro BMX titles where Jenson had a faster time then me for the day and I had to pay up a bag of snakes, the story of how Jenson came to be on an old Redline is an all too familiar story and quite amusing. Jensons father Peter, always wanted a Redline when he was a kid, it was not until he was an adult with kids of his own did he get the Redline and when justifying the expense of buying a 35-year-old bike to his wife it was so that Jenson could race it in retro.
Fast forward a few months and another junior retro racer joined the fold, Lily Corbett who in her first year of retro racing is now the proud holder of the 7A plate in the girls 8 to 14 retro class. Recently I was able to source an old Vortex junior BMX, this was quickly snapped up by Shawn Hindmarsh for his son Hamish to race, who I am told has just had his first race upon the bike.
The junior retro category at Sunbury is certainly taking off and you will constantly see these young kids out there racing at the Sunbury clubbies but at open meets as well, when you couple this with those that race retro at a state and national level, including the current 1A and 7A in Harvey Dale and Jagger Govic, the 2V of Joshua Soderman and long time stalwart and current 6V in the 30+ retro Trevor Weber you can see that retro is serious business at Sunbury.
Of course lastly I shouldn’t forget Steven Hajnal, who last year I was able to source a 1991 Diamond Back Reactor for him and has come out and raced a couple of times at open meets, if I had known he was going to be this fast, I would have kept the bike for myself, I am reliably informed that his daughter Jamie Hajnal has taken over the Reactor, hopefully that keeps Steve out of any further Victorian State Series rounds, so I can keep in front of him.