Let’s wrap up the Ellaspede Dust Hustle 4 event with part 2 of our coverage and a stack of photos! Part 1 covered up until the lunchtime demos, which were a welcome break for all riders across the 3 tracks.
With the crowd peaking in the middle of the day at just over 1000 spectators, attention turned to the ‘Hollywood Hillbilly’ track where the Queensland Vintage Motocross Club (QVMX) riders were readying their machines. The jump detours were removed and the smell of vintage 2 stokes filled the air as the QVMX club showed how their home track is meant to be ridden and how fast these ‘vintage’ race bikes still are!
A morning of riding amped everyone up and the lunchtime vintage motocross demos took it to the next level because the riders hit the tracks after lunch like a bat out of hell! It was evident everyone was getting a little more comfortable on their inappropriate machines as some consistent laps were being laid down.
A few hours into the riding and running repairs were happening left, right and centre! There’s no where else you can push your bike to it’s limits like at the track, which certainly showed as riders were in and out of the pits all day. This also brings out one of our favourite parts of this event, riders and spectators pitching in to get bikes back on the track! That common comraderie from other riders, friends or strangers is exactly the vibe which makes this event.
No such issues over at the Ellaspede stand where the first public appearance of the Ellaspede EB158 Yamaha SR400 was on display! This is the demo bike for the new Ellaspede bolt on custom Tracker kit, and although it was relegated to standing duties for the event it won’t be too long before it’s turning tyres on and off the dirt. For more info on the SR400 kits contact Ellaspede!
Another one of our favourite parts of the event is the legendary rider outfits. It’s amusing to see what bikes riders are willing to bring out on the dirt, and even more amusing to see what they’re willing to wear while doing it!
Some of the old crowd favourites were back for another lap, while impressive new contenders emerged including the ‘Gorilla on the Big Banana’ and ‘the Panda’ Toby Price!
With so many riders charging hard all day, unfortunately there were a few accidents and broken bikes. Its the nature of motorcycle riding and everyone accepts that, but it doesn’t make it any easier to see a few damaged bikes and sore bodies during the day.
Luckily, those who took a tumble are all well on the road to recovery, if not 100% fighting fit already. Their enthusiasm to get back up and out riding again makes us remember why we do all this in the first place, and they’re exactly the type of legends we want at Dust Hustle!
By late afternoon the last rotation of riding was underway and the number of riders out on track had suitably thinned out. The majority of riders had either reached the limits of man (themselves, time to start training for DH5!) or machine and were soaking up the afternoon sun at the trackside bar. When the red flag came out to signal the end of riding it was a welcome sight for many still out on the dirt pushing the limit of bodies and inappropriate bikes.
A crowd soon gathered at the Ellaspede stand for the all important rider awards and event raffles. Best-in-Class was awarded for each of the 4 rider categories, not for being the fastest, but those who embodied the inappropriateness and enthusiasm that Dust Hustle is all about.
Riders and spectators alike got in on the event raffle action and cleaned up some epic prizes from Bell Helmets, Young Henrys, Sailor Jerry, Skullcandy, Motul, Scooter Style Noosa, Miss Moto, Death Collective, Draggin Jeans and Shinko Tyres!
After the prizes and awards, it was the end of the official part of the event. A gang of riders and spectators headed up to the Dust Hustle Hollywood sign for an inaugural photo before returning to the trackside bar for some welcome drinks from Sailor Jerry and Young Henrys.
Almost as good as the actual riding was the trackside afterparty. With camping on site, all the riders and a stack of spectators kicked on to put names and faces to the bikes, helmets and inappropriate outfits they had been riding with all day. Stories got taller and the laughs got louder as the sun settled over what was one of the most epic Dust Hustle’s to date!
A big thank you from everyone at Ellaspede to the riders, spectators and supporters who made this event so successful for it’s first outing at the Biddaddaba venue. We’ve had some great feedback and are already planning some big things for DH6, so stay tuned for updates later in 2017!
As always, this inappropriate dirt flirt event wouldn’t be possible without the support of our epic sponsors. Please thank Bell Helmets | Young Henrys | Sailor Jerry | Fonzie Abbott Espresso | Brisbane Motorcycle Towing | Skullcandy | Shannons Insurance | Iron & Resin Garage | BMW Motorrad | Ride Till Dead | Motul | Scooter Style Noosa | Miss Moto | Cutgrafix | Death Collective | Draggin Jeans | Shinko Tyres | MXstore.com.au | Transcale | Loadscan | Pro Wake | Traction | Scoller & Co