Can you believe we’ve done this 8 damn times now? How good! 8 must be a lucky number because we’re sure this was the best Hustle yet. Let’s unpack all the action…
So the eighth instalment of this dirt flirt nonsense rolled into Queensland Moto Park (QMP) on Saturday 25 May 2019. A stack of keen beans got in early on the Friday evening as we made a head start on the good times (and more importantly the rider sign on and scrutineering).
Unlike last year, the lucky eighth event was blessed with perfect weather all weekend, so the stoke was high as the riders rolled in. Friday nights the usual mix of loud laughing and quiet anticipation for the day to come.
The sun rose on Saturday as even more riders rolled in, quickly unloading bikes and scooting to sign on before the obligatory rider briefing. A mix of excited faces were littered with even more excited female faces as we welcomed our biggest number of female entrants at a Dust Hustle event. Yeah the girls!
And just like that everyone agreed to ride responsibly in the most irresponsible manner on all kinds of inappropriate machines. The schedule was consulted and 3 of the 4 ride classes headed for their first session on the tracks. Unfortunately the Small Bike Burners class drew the short straw so they had their ‘rest’ session first up while the other 3 classes took to the 3 different DH tracks.
Track 1 on offer was the big ‘Hillside Hillbilly’ natural terrain motocross track. As per usual we had it groomed a little smoother and (without rain the day before like last year) conditions were absolutely prime from the get go. The Enduro & MX class got the call up to open this track, sweeping the stones and laying the lines for the rest of the classes to come through.
Track 2 was ‘The Decision Faker’ Inappropriate Enduro, which was the crowd favourite from last years event. With a few tiny tweaks, this Dust Hustle only QMP track was a buzz with the sound of old iron as the Old Mates Class were the first out on it for the day. Don’t think that older bikes mean slow starters, because this group was KEEN and it was absolutely peak hour on the tight turns of the Decision Faker in the first session.
Track 3 was the biggest change on offer for DH8. After 2 years of running grass drags we listened to the people and dropped it in favour of ‘The Moto Mowers’ Flat Grass Track, which was a brand new track we created specifically for the event. In terms of size and speed it was the perfect halfway point between the two other tracks on offer, and when the Risky Road Bikes Class kicked off proceedings it didn’t take long for this track to emerge as a new crowd favourite.
With bikes on track we blasted through a morning of good times, great outfits and wild riding. Literally everywhere you turned there was some absolute legend turning it up to 11 on whatever rig they were riding. The morning session finished with each class having had a crack at each of the 3 tracks. But before we sent them out to do it all again in the afternoon it was time for some lunchtime antics.
By this stage the crowd was absolutely pumping through the gates, having swelled to over 1000 spectators keen to catch a glimpse of the amusingly inappropriate. So what better time to kick off the DH spectator raffle! Gasoline Alley Harley Davidson tossed together our favourite prize packs, Triumph Australia turned it up with some of their rad road gloves, official tool partner SP Tools had socket sets up for grabs and MX Store raided the Ballards catalogue for some Hustler essential tie downs, gear bag and single swag!
With prizes flying left right and centre, Bell Helmets wanted in on the action and organised the Bell Powersprint! They roped some lucky punters into a running race that involved stepping into some MX boots and strapping on a helmet before running around a Bell barrel and back to claim a prize. Hilarity ensued as each tried a different tactic to win.
Once the running races were done it was time to get the big horses back out on track. The Gasoline Alley Harley Davidson Dirt Dash was up next for anyone entered on a HD to line up for a 4 lap showdown of a shortened Track 1 layout. After a quick sighting lap the hogs were lined up, Justin was first on the grid so he was given a head start and then the rest were cut loose in a cloud of dust. Motors were at max RPM and berms were being blown out all over the place, but when the dust settled it was Bryan Farrow who made his way through the pack to claim the GAHD Dirt Dash title.
Another benefit of having one of the best lids in the business was the Bell Expression Session! All the DH riders with Bell Helmets were let out on whatever rig they were riding to show up and show off. A mix of road bikes and race scooters, the standard of showmanship and showwomanship was high, but it was Corey Semenowicz who took the unofficial title throwing down some absolute heaters on a borrowed DT175.
Team Moto Triumph had some sweet machines on display at the event, but the real treat was when they rolled out a new Triumph Scrambler 1200 for some demo laps in the Bell Expression Session. The thing just ate up the track with its long suspension and no doubt got tongues wagging back at the stand as soon as it rolled back in.
After a packed lunch hour it was time to get the gangs back out on track for the afternoon session. With a whole half days experience riding their machines (so, heaps!), everyone took it to the next level in the afternoon sessions as they settled into some ‘racey’ lines and tight battles across the event. A mean feed of dust was on the menu for the afternoon, and in between water trucks we certainly dished it up in true Hustle form.
A few dirt naps here and a few mechanical issues there kept the SP Tools Pit Bay at capacity all day as riders rigs rolled through to make use of the best tools in the business to fix their machines and get back out on track.
There were a couple of bavarian blasters from BMW Motorrad ripping around all day in our favourite kind of product demo. Lead by Nigel Petrie from Engineered to Slide with Zye Norris completing the team, they were trying to tame the torque of the BMW R nineT Scramblers all day!
It only seemed like a dusty minute, but before we knew it the marshals voted and the Best in Class awards and prizes were dished out. There was a stack of honourable mentions which was a testament to how rad everyone was getting out on track.
Luckily as soon as the riding finished the Trackside bar was already in full swing, and Young Henrys and Fonzie Abbott had the crowd covered for our favourite froths to wash down the dust. The stories got better as the night went on and the crowd settled in for a session to rival the on track antics during the day.
This Dust Hustle really highlighted what we love about these events. We’re just a bunch of Average Joes and Standard Sallys who come together for fun. But what really impresses us is ALL of the riders who go above and beyond riding the wheels off their bikes, getting in the spirit, having a laugh, helping others, meeting new people and making random outfits. The riders absolutely slayed it at this event, like every single one of them. 95% of us aren’t racers, yet you should have seen the passes, wheelies, powerslides, battles and everything else that went down! So THANK YOU to the riders, you guys and girls are the real MVP’s!
Massive thanks also to everyone else that comes to check out this nonsense, the campers, spectators, friends and family that help out and Qld Moto Park for having us back. With your support we’ll keep this party bus rolling for many more good times to come.
Cheers legends, we’ll see you at Dust Hustle 9!
As always, this inappropriate dirt flirt event wouldn’t be possible without the support of these legends: Ellaspede | Gasoline Alley Harley Davidson | Bell Helmets | Young Henrys | BMW Motorrad | Shannons Insurance | Fonzie Abbott Espresso | MX Store | SP Tools | Team Moto Triumph
Love a photo from this article? Hit up BevPix Photography for a stack of photos from the event that you can buy for a small sum! Consider how long he stood out in the sun for to get these rad pics of you… we saw your riding, that was no easy task haha (kidding, you shredded!)