Essence of the Lions TT
Ode to The Lions Road
On McPherson's Range at Richmond Gap, Near Lynch's Creek on the council map, A road has been built by Kyogle's Lions, That countrymen's spirit and courage defines.
The twists and turns of the tortured tracks, Have been straightened out by unstraightened backs, Officialdom said "It couldn't be done". But the people knew better and finally won.
This road through Wiangaree offers so much, With staghorns and elkhorns, too lovely to touch, The scene at The Loop is grand and unique, As is the wild country approaching the peak.
Strong people must always be ready to fight, When Governments deny them a basic right, Kyogle's great effort, it's people's concern, Provides an example for all who would learn.
When the future provides its paved link, I hope there'll be some who will stop and think, Of the boldness, faith and vision of men, Who built the Road by the glow worm's Glen.
- Haffy Jensen
Ex-Lord Mayor, Sydney,
Previous NSW Minister for Local Government and Roads.
The Dream, The Goal, The Opportunity:
The Dream or long-term goal is to bring the format of the Isle Of Man TT to Australia and to development over the years the Australian version of Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in the USA.
The Goal over a short timeframe is to create premier leading motorcycle open-air event that becomes a regular yearly priority for all motorcycle enthusiasts in Australia and the international market, while ensuring sustainable economic and tourism development opportunities to the region.
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Labour Day weekend the 4th – 5th – 6th of October 2014.
The Lions TT, Festival and café racer Sprint event is aiming to showcase and embed a history and tradition targeting a wide motorcycle demographic audience. A three-day and two-night long lasting Motorcycle Festival. It will feature all motorcycle brands, types of motorcycles and unique characters.
The Lions TT Group and its partners’ aim is to make this the Motorcycle Life style enthusiasts dream event, while making it the biggest, largest and legendary motorcycle event in Australia. The Lions TT “is” going to be the largest motorcycle enthusiast, motorcycle open-air event in Australia.
The fundamental principles of the event will ensure, Lions TT participants and sponsors help bring back the original spirit of the motorcycle enthusiasts and the “Spirit on two wheels” is delivered back on the tarmac. The 44 km closed road circuit full of hills, turns, river crossings and rickety bridges is ideal. The Lions TT is for visitors and participants, an immersion in the general and very cool motorcycle scene, nationally and internationally. It is a meeting point for all motorcycle enthusiasts, designers, engineers, developers and their motorcycles and trendsetters of the scene.
Kyogle, will feature an industry fair & street carnival atmosphere running over two days. Kyogle will be offering its warm country town hospitality to all who come. It will consist of participants, customizers and clubs from all over Australia. This unique motorcycle gathering is going to showcase themed motorcycle history with a 1940’s1950’s, and 1960’s theme. Our sponsors, dealers and industry businesses will play a great role in making the Lions TT successful.
The Lions TT, Kyogle and Scenic Rim Councils are offering unhindered access to the famous Lions road where 44km of the road will be privately reserved for use by all event participating motorcyclists. Traffic will not be a hazard as there will be no on-coming traffic. Running along side the Lions TT event will be our 1/8-mile motorcycle sprint in Kyogle during the Sunday. With a friendly carnival atmosphere, Industry fair, live music, varied activities and optional half-day ride routes to local townships or scenic routes that will cater for the road rider or the dirt adventure enthusiasts.
The Lions TT Group is a non-for profit organisation; all profits earned will be going back into the upgrading of the Lion’s Road to make it safer for all particularly the residents of the local community. The Lion’s Road has a great history of a privately managed independent road, with both the Kyogle and Beaudesert Lion’s International Clubs raising money to manage the upkeep of the road.
Target Audience participation projections.
Lions TT: Four to six hundred (400 – 600) registered Range Runner Riders.
Lions TT Motorcycle Festival: One to three thousand (2,000 – 5,000) motorcycle enthusiast attendees and regional communities over the weekend.
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Sponsorship provides an upper-edge on competitors who are not involved in the Lions TT to position your organisation’s advantages over your competitors in an exclusive and unique environment..
Partnership benefits include:
- Premier location to showcase and demonstrate your brand to Motorcycle Enthusiasts initiatives to a receptive audience, facilitating networking and allowing participants to update their knowledge and understanding of your products and services.
- The Lions TT will be a unique opportunity to market your products to a wide range of potential customers through close interaction with a key target market.
- Your brand will be openly and prominently demonstrating its continued commitment to and active support for the motorcycle industry, customers and enthusiasts.
- Unique marketing opportunities for your brand, representatives of your organisation both in the Lions TT on the Lions Road and through attendance at the Lions TT Motorcycle Festival event.
- Partnership benefits are designed to have impact in the lead up, during and after the event.
Enquiries to: Mark Luxford on 0414 463 074 or firstname.lastname@example.org
A Brief History
In 1969, when the NSW government rejected the building of a connection road between NSW and QLD north of Kyogle, the local community, under the auspice of the local Lions Club, decided to do it themselves. A world-class scenic drive is the result.
Since 1932, people of the Northern Rivers of NSW had been endeavoring to have the direct route to Brisbane via the Richmond Gap in the McPherson Range constructed.
It is 30km shorter than the Summerland Way - Mount Lindsay Highway route.
When it was finally rejected by the NSW Government in 1969, the Lions Club of Kyogle became involved in promoting the building of the road, as a community development project.
After two years of investigating options for the route, a decision was made in 1971 to build the road across the McPherson Range connecting with the existing Shire Roads on Gradys Creek in NSW and Running Creek in QLD.
The Beaudesert Lions Club became partners in the project at this point.
The project captured in the imagination of the local community which contributed massive support in money, man hours and equipment time plus companies such as Shell Oil Co. (fuel), Hume & Hardies (pipes), McPherson Range Timber Co (timber) and Mel Hogan (timber & machinery).
Lion [member] Murphy Standfield donated his D8 Caterpillar tractor for 80 hours and supervised the actual construction of the road.
Finally, the road was opened on 15th December 1970.
Contributions by travellers, Beaudesert and Kyogle Shires, the Queensland, New South Wales [and] Federal Governments, the NSW Forestry Commission, the 2/3 Field Eng. Rgt RAE and the XX Division Engineer Support Squadron of the Australian Army, the National Parks & Wildlife Service, the NSW Dept. of Agriculture, the Moreton Rabbit Board, and the property owners both sides of the border, have enabled The Lions Club to steadily improve the road.
In 1995 the last section of the road constructed by the Lions Club was sealed. In the second half of 1995 only 4 km of gravel remained on the Shire roads. Today the road is fully sealed and managed by the Kyogle Lions Int & Council.
Enquiries to: Mark Luxford on 0414 463 074 or email@example.com