A brief synopsis of Connor's fledgling career, his amazing progress and family
sacrifices, courtesy of his Dad, Scott.
- (To view some of Connor's achievements to date click here) -
"Connor was born in Perth Western Australia. A first generation racer, he began
competing in MX from the age of six on a 50cc
bike in the demo class and took to racing like a duck to water, advancing through to
85cc by the age of eight and winning Club Championships and Open Events
around Western Australian.
"During 2012 he was racing at the annual 'Tumblegum' two-day ay MX Event, promoted
by Willie Thompson.
"That year Willie built a Speedway Track and had a Speedway meeting on the Saturday
Night. He brought in some of Australia's best Solo
riders including Leigh Adams. (It was to be the last time Leigh rode a speedway bike,
just weeks before his accident). During the round breaks the kids on 50's were allowed
to ride on the track. Connor was absolutely taken by the Solo bikes the glitter, sound
and the smell and seeing Leigh Adams ride.
"There was a display of junior bikes and he he sat
on them all night. They invited him to a 'come and try' at Pinjar Park Speedway. One
ride and he was hooked!
"We obtained a very old junior bike, circa 1973, so old it had
points and ran on a total loss battery system, cut down steel Jawa frame and pogo
forks. Connor went on to win two 'A' grade Junior Club titles, and displayed a natural
"Whilst it worked well racing MX in winter and Speedway in the summer, Connor was
starved of competition, with only six meetings a year, and wanted more.
"Unfortunately the distance factor of Perth to the Eastern States, where there are
plenty of tracks and loads more racing was a major hurdle.
"Two years ago we decided to help him chase his dream.
We walked away from our business, sold everything we had and up and moved 3000km across
the country to Mildura, Victoria.
"Connor walked away from his school, his friends, Grandparents, aunties, uncles and
siblings, as did we.
"We no longer have many worldly possessions but we managed to buy his three bikes,
a trailer and a decent tow vehicle and are now dedicated to helping Connor develop his
"I now work as a truck driver and Sandy is a cleaner in a hotel, but we are keeping
him going as best we can."