26 August 1959
Born and raised in Broken Hill, Trevor was always interested in motorbikes. With a keen interest in bikes and engines, Trevor undertook an apprenticeship as a motor mechanic and later in life ran a successful small business in the windscreen and glass industry.
It was his passion for bikes and riding that saw Trevor first start in speedway when his mates started competing in the sport and encouraged him to jump on the sidecar and have a go. Trevor soon realised his passion for speedway racing and the absolute thrill of sidecar, and as Trevor tells it, “the adrenalin rush and explosive action is like nothing ever experienced before”.
Teaming up with mate, Chris Fraser the pair took on the best Australia had to offer and subsequently spent 20 years racing together. Trevor recalls “we spent many weekends travelling to compete in those days, we would leave Broken Hill on Friday afternoon, drive to Sydney with the bike and all our gear, race Saturday night and drive back home in time for work Monday”. Travelling to compete became a regular event and if they weren’t travelling to Sydney Trevor recalls “we would travel to Adelaide Friday, compete Friday night, pack up and travel somewhere else to race on Saturday night and detour via Mildura on the way home to race again Sunday night, then turn around and drive back home for work Monday”.
As Trevor tells it, “We loved racing, the thrill and the people we raced with. There wasn’t a lot of sponsorship around in those days, but a few locals really made it possible for us” and with the support of family and friends Trevor managed to achieve an incredible record, finally retiring in 1996 as Australian Champion.
The success definitely helped boost the sport locally with youngsters striving to emulate the local champions as the sport grew and with a long list of significant achievements and as well know and popular competitors Trevor and racing partner Chris were offered the task to develop a submission to host the Australian Sidecar championships in Broken Hill in 1994, again hard work paid off and Broken Hill hosted the 1994 Australian sidecar championships, a significant event that put Broken Hill speedway racing on the map.