|Australian BMX Magazine.|
BMX Torque only ever produced 7 issues.
|august 1982 - volume 1 number 1 (compiled by Simon - download)
Johnny Harris on the cover.
Features include a test on GT 24 inch and racing State Titles (SA), Quicksilver Grand Nationals (NSW) and Winter Nationals (WA), Centre Page Poster of Mongoose riders - Shane Robinson, Mick Wiltshire and Jamie Hales. Also a report on 1982 World's Fair in Knoxville, USA.
Features include a test on Mongoose SUPERGOOSE ll, an interview with Steve Cassap racing NBA Grand Nationals (NSW), Victoria: State Plate No: 2, Windsor: Winternationals and Perth: Castrol Winter Titles.
Features include an interview with Wayne McIntosh, a list of BMX bikes (Mongoose, Redline, Supa-Roo and Pro-Sight to name a few) available in Australia with components (no pictures) racing Hordern Pavilion, Victoria: State Plate No: 3, Mirage and Metro West.
|november 1982 (scanned by Simon - download)
BMX in the Simpson desert at sunrise on the cover.
Features include a test on Kuwahara KZ-1 and racing Northern Territory, Western Australia Grand Nationals round 2 and USA racing.
68 pages. Features include a guide on ET products and racing Tasmania, New Zealand and Victoria: State Titles No: 4.
|march april 1983 (scanned by Simon - download)
Darren May on his Profile bike on the cover. Photography by Helmut Mueller.
Pro-Am Nationals, Albury, Wodonga.
Trans Tasman Challenge New Zealand.
Testing Diamond Back Turbo.
Perry Kranmer: Sponsorship.
Photo giveaway: PK and Bubba Hayes.
SABMX Association titles.
Off road racing.
Testing Profile frame.
Freestyle: Back wheel hop.
Open classic Cairns.
|No more Torque for BMX.
BMX Torque, march 1983: This months issue of BMX TORQUE will be the last magazine to be published. Kristen Moore tells why the bottom is falling out of BMX racing.
Competitive bicycle moto-x is dying in Australia. The reason, because the sport is being run by amateurs and the professional people cant afford to keep putting money into the sport without seeing results. Everyone has heard about the Melbourne cup, the Stubbies Surf Classic, Bathurst James Hardie 1000, and Castrol six hour motorcycle race. But who, outside BMX, has heard of the Australian BMX titles? Now it must be appreciated that BMX is an internationally acclaimed sport, some racers routinely earn $110,000 a year, they run they're own international companies and make personal appearance tours. The sport gets prime viewing time on television and is quickly making its way into movies. This might come as a bit of shock to the racers of Australia. Our top pro, Wayne Mcintosh earns between $10,000 and $15,000, a year, not much of a comparison to his American counterparts. The only riders to own their own business here are Pat Dillion, who runs his own BMX shop and Steve Cassap, who runs a number-plate business, neither being at international standards. Now Australia is a land of opportunities, and we have sportsmen like Mark Richards who earn $100,000 a year, and others who run their own businesses which gross $5 million a year. In America the sport gels such innovative promotion that companies are willing to spend something like $76,000 a year promoting the BMX riders. It boasts three monthly magazines and is sanctioned by two major and professional organisations. Here in Australia we are lucky it we can find a company who is willing to spend $10,000 a year on the sport. We had two monthly magazines, but due to lack of support there is now only one. Now this need not of happened if there was more professionalism applied to the sport. For the riders, success should be a matter of talent, dedication and the reasonable intelligence to apply all those things to riding around a track. They should be professional athletes in constant training. The companies are there to sell to the consumer and to do this, you need a communication system, now this is where advertising pays off. It gets a message through to the people. Good Management of a business only succeeds with a professional attitude. The associations are being run by amateurs. A national body should be able to confidently affiliate all states, having everyone agreeing on official issues, all rules should be made national and a public relations officer appointed, whose job it is to handle such things as press reports. They should also handle a national race calendar for all the major meetings.