WANGARATTA-based Tramps Motorcycle Club has enlisted a world motorcycle star to support them in their bid to get back their shooters’ licences and guns.
American Seth Enslow is visiting Wangaratta next week in a publicity coup for the Tramps, who have a hearing before the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal in a few months.
The visit has been arranged by Tramps president Ronny Harding, but he is keeping how they met and became friendly as a closely guarded secret.
Harding will drive to Melbourne next Thursday to collect Enslow and bring him back to Wangaratta for a public appearance at the Tramps clubhouse.
He will be available for people to have photographs taken with him and sign autographs.
The following day there will be a closed gathering with Enslow for Tramps members and close friends.
Solicitor John Suta is the Tramps’ legal representative and said Enslow was “absolutely happy to weigh in for the cause”.
Enslow, 39, is famous for his big jumps and at times spectacular crashes.
He first obtained a dirt bike when he was 16 and started to race as an amateur in the US.
There have been many milestones during his career, including jumping over a passenger jet in 2007 — a distance of almost 200 feet (60.96m).
In March 2010 at Barangaroo on Sydney Harbour, Enslow managed a leap between ramps of 55.99 metres, which easily eclipsed the previous world record of 47.85 metres set in Las Vegas in 1999.
Enslow has in recent years been a feature attraction on the Crusty Demons world tour.
Five Tramps members have appeals pending before VCAT after losing an appeal to the Firearms Appeals Committee against police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay cancelling their firearms licences in 2012.
Their legally-stored guns were seized by a police taskforce targeting outlaw motorcycle gangs, and their shooting licences were suspended.
Appeals by eight of them went before the Firearms Appeals Committee in July last year and seven were rejected.
Businessman Craig Norton, who resigned from the Tramps after his licence was cancelled, had his appeal upheld.