Rowe Racing saves Christmas

Struggling for Christmas gift ideas? How about a one-of-a-kind trials motorcycle built by South Australian motorcycle stalwart Kelvin Franks? Or a framed poster of David Johnson, the fastest Aussie around the TT circuit? Or even a Suzuki Race Team jacket? Well, all these could be yours by entering the Phoenix MCC Rider Development Lottery!


PIC: The Phoenix MCC Rider Development Lottery is now open!


The proceeds of this lottery will aid current Phoenix MCC member Royce Rowe’s racing at home and across the globe. The Phoenix MCC aims to ultimately help Royce compete in his third Manx GP at the Isle of Man in 2017.

Tickets cost $5 and can be bought online at or by emailing Hard copy tickets are also available at two of our favourite motorcycling stores – Kessner Motorcycles (320 North East Road, Klemzig, SA) and GC Motorcycles (122 Main North Road, Prospect, SA). Or just keep an eye out for the team at race meetings as we will have book on hand ready for purchases.


PIC: The Manx GP band was back together recently at Mallala… looking at the wrong camera! (CREDIT: Ian Roddie)


The top prize is an absolute pearler – an observed trials motorcycle designed and built by Kelvin Franks in the mid-80s. The Franks name became synonymous in motocross circles during the 70s and 80s. Kelvin left his hometown of Adelaide to race motocross in Europe and the UK throughout the 60s, before settling in California where he built machines called ‘Roos’ for top riders including Tommy Croft, Danny La Porte, Marty Smith and Mike Bell.

The bike sports a chrome-moly frame, alloy swing-arm and exhaust, billet made wheels and a 350cc Rotax motor. It was never used in competition, but was tested a few times. This one-of-a-kind piece of Australian motorcycling history would make a fantastic talking piece as it is quite literally unique.


PIC: GC Motorcycles has been kind enough to sell tickets at their Main North Road workshop


There’s plenty of time to buy tickets if the holidays have you strapped for cash. The prizes won’t be drawn until April 2017, giving us plenty of time to raise as much money for the cause. Beginning with a motorcycle display from 3pm, Saturday, 22nd of April, 2017, the draw will take place at the Velocette MCC clubrooms, 74 Drayton Street, Bowden, SA. Food and bar facilities will be on offer as the lucky winners are drawn at 5pm.


PIC: Kessner Motorcycles will be selling raffle tickets in their North East Road showroom


In other Rowe Racing news, the team went to the start of the Adelaide Toy Run at Victoria Park on Sunday. We set up a stand at the start line to display the Championship winning Suzuki 600 and one of the Manx Ducatis. It was a great publicity event for the team, generating plenty of interest in our racing exploits. It’s estimated there were about 6000 bikes with riders and pillions, so approximately 10,000 people in attendance including a large number of general public viewing the event.


PIC: The Rowe Racing display at the recent Adelaide Toy Run at Victoria Park, SA


The team will be testing again this Sunday, which is the last opportunity before Christmas. The main focus will be to sort the problem of wheel-spin on the Ducati 1000, which we didn’t have time to address at the last race meeting. Some suspension work might move the wheel-spin problem to a wheel-stand problem, so there will be plenty of adjustments made.


PIC: Our new tyre-warmers have been a hit at race meetings! Riders can contact us if they would like to organise a set – they are made by an Italian company and work a treat!


Racing in SA starts again in earnest early next year. There will be plenty of testing along the way and trips to race meetings interstate. We hope to get to Phillip Island a few times, as that is a good high-speed track which allows development for the Isle of Man. The team is looking forward to the new world class track being built at Tailem Bend in South Australia – it unfortunately won’t be operational until late next year, but it will be optimal to have a 200km return drive to an international circuit rather than the 2000km return drive to Phillip Island.


PIC: See you in 2017! (CREDIT: Ian Roddie)


The Rowe Racing team would like to thank all its supporters and sponsors who have made 2016 a fantastic year. We’ve made waves locally and internationally on the road racing scene and we couldn’t be prouder as a team. Keep an eye out in 2017 as we plan to go even bigger!

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