Now that the proposal for Sunshine Coast International TT (SSCITT) race has been axed, organisers are looking elsewhere to stage a motorcycle road race.
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The organisers have mentioned NSW, Victoria and Tasmania as possible venues, but have not indicated anywhere specific.
A TT course would need to meet a number of criteria:
- It would need to be handy to a major city and easily accessible by road and/or train with a nearby airport;
- It would need to be a circuit of about 45-65km in length for multiple laps;
- There should be minimal disruption to local communities and the course should not cut them off;
- The circuit should be picturesque to yield tourism potential;
- It should be a challenging circuit to attract the best riders, but not too dangerous; and
- The circuit should inspire riders and motorsport fans.
Finding a circuit to fit all those criteria and attract international riders, major sponsorship and the support of state and local levels of government and the governing motorsport bodies is going to be a very difficult task.
The Sunshine Coast proposal was well received by the councillors and much of the local community, although there was a small band of vocal protestors and supporters.
Dealing with similar protestors could also be difficult for any major motorsport event.
Consider the World Rally Championship in the Northern Rivers area of NSW which was abandoned after one year because of hippy protestors.
The event subsequently moved to Coffs Harbour which has been reaping millions in tourism benefits ever since.
The Lions Road TT event on the Queensland/NSW border in 2014 and 2015 now also looks to be axed.
There is no word yet from organisers about a 2016 Lions TT and Kyogle Council executive manager Graham Kennett says they are still awaiting an event plan.
Maleny Supports SSCITT Facebook page organiser Rachel Adele was understandably upset with the decision to axe the proposal.
“I’m really disappointed and frustrated that another region will ultimately benefit from the community and financial rewards of a TT race due to the actions of a small group of Maleny NIMBYS,” she says.
“We missed out but good luck to (organiser) David Rollins. He’s sure to find another town that’ll be chomping at the bit to get the event happening.”
We also wish David all the best of luck with the next venue he chooses for a TT race.
He is no novice when it comes to dealing with major events. The advertising and communications expert was responsible for the Mr Motocross series and says he has a team of experts with world’s best practices in event management.
However, crowd funding for the event on gofundme.com only raised a few hundred dollars of a $75,000 target.
So, where do you suggest a TT race be held in Australia?