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250cc Golden Steel Shoe challenge winner Fraser Bowes leads the pack around a corner

Cordell Rogerson celebrates after winning the one-lap dash for cash

May 2, 2017

The Bees were buzzing, along with riders from as far away as South Australia and NSW, at the second annual John Titman Golden Steel Shoe Challenge held in Kingaroy on Saturday.

The Bees are the members of the Kingaroy Junior Motorcycle Speedway Club.

Club secretary Tracey Tunstall was pleased with the day of racing at Kingaroy Showgrounds.

“It was a great day with some fantastic riding by everyone,” she said.

“John Titman himself was very impressed with the young riders. We were very lucky to have so many spectators come along┬áto see just what it is we do.”

This is great praise as Titman is a former international speedway rider who competed in the tough British speedway circuit for many years as well as being a regular member of the Australian team.

Titman sponsored the trophies for the day: Bronze, Silver and Gold coloured “steel shoe” trophies for the 125cc and 250cc classes.

(Steel slip-on shoes are worn by speedway riders to protect their left feet while racing.)

Local rider Cordell Rogerson did well on the day, winning the 125cc class, coming third in the 250cc class, and taking home $50 for winning the sudden-death one lap dash for cash.


  • 125cc – 1st Cordell Rogerson, 2nd Fraser Bowes and 3rd Patrick Bowes
  • 250cc – 1st Fraser Bowes, 2nd Jacob Hook, 3rd Cordell Rogerson, 4th Bailey Viner and 5th Bradley Page

Sponsor of the Golden Steel Shoe titles, former speedway star John Titman, with the ground announcer for the day, Damien Martoo

The tiny Pee Wee riders enjoyed plenty of opportunities to test their racing skills in between 125cc and 250cc heats

The Pee Wee class is not meant to be competitive, but try telling that to these keen young riders

Close riding in one of the 125cc finals

The 250cc heats also provided some fast and exciting riding

Oops ... as the day drew on the racing became tighter and there were a number of spills, although fortunately no one was hurt ... from left, Bradley Page and then Fraser Bowes go down at the same corner in the same 125cc race; and Jacob Hook crashes out in a 250cc race

Cordell Rogerson was presented with $50 by Clint Andrewartha for winning the Hotondo Homes One Lap Dash

TOP: Winners and runners-up in the 125cc Golden Steel Shoe Challenge; BOTTOM LEFT: The Pee Wee racers were also presented with posters by John Titman; BOTTOM RIGHT: John Titman and the 250cc Golden Steel Shoe Challenge winners

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