What is a Ride Day?

In a word, AWESOME!

It’s pretty much impossible to exploit even a fraction of what your motorcycle is capable of on the road these days without significant risk to your licence, not to mention safety with increased traffic, deteriorating road conditions, and the unpredictability of what may lie around the corner.

Ride days allow you to dictate how fast you go and enjoy your bike’s capabilities in a way they were designed to be used. You do not need a race bike, or even sports bike, to enjoy riding on the track. With graded groups we cater for everyone – from the seasoned racer to complete novice.

A day on track will cost $140 ($120 junior) while our 2-day events cost $260 ($220 junior).

Camping at the track is available for $15 per person per night, under 16 free. The canteen is open for breakfast and lunch and offers a wide range of menu items.

We pride ourselves on running family friendly events with plenty of track time and a great atmosphere, an atmosphere we guarantee you will be unlikely to find at any other racetrack!

Check the calendar for dates. While we generally run them on the last Saturday of the month there are a few exceptions.

Further information on this page

What do you need?

All ride day participants need to be a member of the Mount Gambier Motor Cycle Club Inc.
Yearly membership is $55 ($20 junior) and can be obtained at the track or through RIDERNET.

All ride day participants need a Motorcycling Australia (MA) licence.
These can be obtained through RIDERNET.
One day recreational licences are available on the day for $30.

Your Motorcycle
All motorcycles must be deemed road worthy/track worthy before they can be used on the track.
The following items will be scrutineered on the day of your event:

  • All treaded tyres must have a minimum of 2mm tread depth above the wear indicator at the beginning of the day – this includes centre as well as sides. If subsequent inspection during the day shows the tyre to be on or below the tread depth indicator access to the track may be denied
  • Slick tyres can be used, though track access may be denied if the track is deemed unsuitable for slick tyres
  • Front and rear brake pads must be deemed to have suitable material
  • Tyres cannot have any puncture repair of any type.
  • Front and rear brake disc rotors must be above minimum thickness as per manufacturer specifications (this measurement is stamped on the rotor carrier)
  • Front and rear brake lines must be secured correctly and must not leak or weep fluid
  • Front & rear brakes must operate correctly upon testing
  • Fork seals must not show any signs of leaking or weeping fluid
  • There must be no evidence of oil leaks or weeps of any kind
  • Fairings must be secured correctly
  • Foot pegs and mounting brackets must be secured and aligned correctly
  • Exhausts must be secured by all mounting points
  • There must be no evidence of fuel leaks of any kind
  • Levers or pedals that are bent and deemed difficult to operate must be repaired or replaced
  • Throttles must snap back to the off position when released
  • There must be no evidence of fuel leaks of any kind
  • Handlebars must be secure
  • It is recommended that mirrors be removed or taped up

Remember, the idea of scrutineering is to make sure your motorcycle is safe for use and not a hazard for others. While we will make every endeavour to ensure any issues can be fixed, it is YOUR responsibility to ensure YOUR motorcycle is safe to use. As no refunds will be given and resources to repair issues are limited it is imperative you follow the 7 P’s to success (proper prior preparation prevents piss poor performance).

If you have any questions about the suitability of your motorcycle do not hesitate to contact the club.

Riding Gear
All ride day participants need the following:

  • Leather Jacket and leather pants that zip securely together, or one piece leather suit
  • Leather motorcycle boots that cover the ankle and overlap the pants – no skin to be visible
  • Leather motorcycle gloves
  • Full face helmet of minimum Australian standard AS1698 (or equivalent) with no damage
  • Back protectors are not mandatory but are highly recommended
  • NO sparky kneesliders!

Camera Policy
Using a video camera is a great way to remember the day and can also help improve many aspects of your riding.
Cameras can be used at Mac Park but not only do they need to be securely mounted to your motorcycle, they need to be secured with a secondary tether as well. This needs to be scrutineered before track access is allowed. Cameras may only be mounted to your motorcycle. Strictly no helmet or body mounts allowed.

Any footage released publicly that is deemed inappropriate for any reason (such as crashes or situations that result in injury to a participant) may result in legal action and/or being banned from the track in the future. Please use discretion and common sense and if in doubt, ask.

How does the day run?

Gates open on Friday to allow those camping to set up.
The scrutineer’s office opens at 7:30am.
Compulsory riders briefing is at 8:40am.
The track is open from 9:00am – 4:00pm with a 45 minute lunch break.

Pre-booking is now required for all ride days to avoid a $20 ‘on the day’ surcharge. This can be done through Ridernet, though a phone call or message will also guarantee your spot. There is no need to pre-pay (though it will speed up your check in). As our days are run by volunteers, it makes their life easier if we have an accurate idea of numbers for the day.

THERE IS NO PENALTY IF YOU CANNOT MAKE IT FOR WHATEVER REASON. If you have pre-paid we will either issue a refund or credit you for your next ride day.

You will also be allocated a powered garage for the day at no extra cost. If you wish to be next to a mate, please let the race secretary know.

All bookings can be made through RIDERNET.

Sign In
Upon arrival at the track you will need to head to the scrutineer’s office to sign in. The office opens at 7:30 am. Here, you will fill out appropriate paperwork, be allocated to your group receive and receive your garage allocation. You can also ask any questions you may have.

After signing in you will need to bring you bike to the scrutineers shed to be SCRUTINEERED.

Riders Briefing
There is a compulsory rider’s briefing at 8:40. All riders need to attend, no matter how many times you may have heard it!

First Timers
Any riders who are here for the first time (or even if you haven’t been or a while) will get a few laps behind a club rider to familiarise themselves with the layout of the track, the lights, and the entry and exit points.

Graded Groups
While these can sometimes depend on the number of riders on the day, we generally use the following groups:
EXPERT/FAST GROUP – for experienced racers and fast regular ride day riders
NON-EXPERT/MEDIUM GROUP: for racers, regular ride day riders, fast road riders
NOVICE/NEW RIDERS – for those new to riding on the track
LIMITED – for riders of singles, twins up to 750cc, and historic machinery
JUNIOR: – for riders 9 – 16 years old, up to 150cc*
SIDECARS – for all the mad men and women out there (but you are always welcome!)
* The rules regarding junior riders can be complicated. Please contact the race secretary (EMAIL LINK TO COME) before you book if you have not been to Mac Park before.

As the day progresses you can move between groups if required.

As safety is our main concern (along with fun of course) we also monitor groups and may ask you to change groups if it is deemed there may be a safety risk.

Cheeky says…

The Rules that apply at this Track are the GCR’s
And whilst it might be a while since you looked
You certainly don’t want to get booked.
So, number One, Have Fun!
Look out for your mates and ride safe
No wheelies, burnouts or smoking in the pits
Especially no dogs and keep kids and crew on a leash
Obey the signals and officials alike
Because if you break the Rules
Or behave like a fool
You’ll be shown the black and cop a heap of flack
Your insurance will be null and void
And you may not be welcome back.