VIDEO: Lakeside Park gearing up for historic race event

SAFETY FIRST: Ian Milton and Vicki Butler will race together in the 2014 Australian Historic Road Race Championship at Lakeside Raceway.
SAFETY FIRST: Ian Milton and Vicki Butler will race together in the 2014 Australian Historic Road Race Championship at Lakeside Raceway. Jorge Branco

IAN Milton and Vicki Butler make up what is quite likely the oldest sidecar racing team in Australia.

"The combined age of the bike, Vicki and myself is 178 years. That's got to be something of a record," Milton said at a track day earlier this month to help prepare Lakeside Raceway for the Australian Historic Road Race Championships later this year.

"We only started together this year. We've both raced with other teams but this is our first race together and two weekends ago we got on the podium at Stanthorpe at Carnell Park in our first meeting together."

They'll be taking to the Lakeside Park circuit in September for the championships along with hundreds of other racers.

The AHRRCs are a celebration of Australia's motorcycle racing history, with rare bikes on show along with Stuart Hooper's ride, billed as the world's fastest Velocette.

Some of the great names of motorcycle racing, including John Warrian, Jeff Sayle, Graeme Crosby, Tony Hatton and Kork Ballington will be at the meeting; staging demonstration rides and signing autographs.

Preparing for the event, which organisers hope will attract more than 20,000 spectators, has been a mammoth task for the Queensland Early Motorcycle Sports Club.

Earlier this month about 40 volunteers spent a day packing some 27,000 empty milk bottles into enormous woven plastic bags to be used as safety fencing around the track's perimeter.

Club members have been collecting old milk bottles for months but most had to be purchased, for almost $20,000.

More high-tech Airfence barriers are used for the more dangerous corners but cost 10 times as much.

The Australian Historic Road Race Championships is on at Lakeside Park raceway, Kurwongbah, September 25-28.

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