The Mornington Peninsula Motorcycle Club is just over an hours drive south-east from Melbourne, Victoria.
The Club was first formed as the Hastings Blue Light Motorcycle Club and owes much to the drive and determination of BHP Steel employee and local resident, Ray Hare. Ray first began pushing for a safe, supervised track for local riders about 1995, this was brought about the number of kids that were riding bikes illegally because there was nowhere for them to go. In 1996 Ray Hare as the first President of the Club commenced lobbying the Mornington Peninsula Shire to establish a motorcycle club on the peninsula. He saw a need to establish an area suitable for supervised motorcycle riding and training for local youths.
Over the next couple of years, he sought support from, the Shire, local Police, local businesses and state Government to assist in the development of the project. Ray Hare together with two other BHP Steel employees Dave Callaway and Brian Sage, and other interested locals. Ray approached the local Mornington Peninsula Council and began investigating sites in and around Hastings. Several sites in the Hastings area were canvassed and rejected, mainly due to resident's noise concerns. However, the idea didn’t really get off the ground until BHP Steel and the Victorian Blue Light State Council came to the party about 2000.
Dirt bike riders on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula have a safe area to ride - right in the shadows of BHP Steel’s Western Port steelworks. The Hastings motorcycle track is maintained and operated by the Association under a lease with BlueScope and a Planning Permit from the Mornington Peninsula Shire.
Membership is open to all Mornington Peninsula residents and property owners.
The track is for non-competitive riding with the emphasis on providing families a safe environment for their children to ride motorcycles. We have three tracks:
MPMCC currently has over 1,200 financial members mostly made up of families, many parents join up for the children then reignite the passions of youth and end up riding around with their children. Typically around half of our members are under 18.
The Club runs training programs for both junior and senior riders, as well as hosting family days including their famous Christmas parties, even Santa turns up. The Club committee is very mindful of its responsibilities to the surrounding residents and monitors all track activities to ensure noise and other environmental impacts are kept to a minimum.
We have a committee of volunteers who supervise the track and riders at all times, and we have tremendous support from local businesses.
The Mornington Peninsular Motorcycle Club track would not survive without the dedicated support of an enthusiastic band of members, who give up their time and in some cases use of their heavy machinery to keep the track open and in top condition.
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