The history and events of the Laverda club in Victoria is long and varied, this page represents a condensed version of it's modern history.

DAM Classic Racing has supported Laverda Owners Victoria with substantial sponsorship of events, contribution for fund raising and raffles for many years and has hosted this webpage on DAM Classic Racing and a similar page on the DAM Group website since 2007. As a Laverda Parts Dealer it continues to provide a central point of contact for Laverda spare parts worldwide and mechanical services to its members and all owners of classic motorcycles.

The CEO of DAM Classic Racing Pty Ltd, Greg Parish ACS, has been a member of Club Laverda Victoria since 1984, and an office bearer in various capacities at times, when the Club was staging rides, track days and race meetings for its members and other clubs. These were the heydays of club racing in Victoria when genuine Laverda SFC750s along with several 1000/1200s were regularly seen on the track at Winton, Sandown Park and Calder Park Raceways. Greg won the inaugral BEARS (aka Formula European) Series in 1990 and finished 5th in the WSBK Classics at Phillip Island that same year. Extracts from Victoria Consumer Affairs show on their database in 1991 the club was still registered as Laverda Club Victoria but by 2002 a new committee had taken on the running of the club and deemed that the paperwork involved with being incorporated as a club offered little benefit to the members ([sic] Dave Doyle Sept 2020) and the club was officially deregistered on May 16th 2002.   

With the burden of personal legal accountability now removed from the office bearers Sergio Canale then took over the leadership of the activities of this group of passionate enthusiasts. A Laverda Club Victoria webpage was launched on the The DAM Group website in 2007, Laverda riders searching for the club now had a worldwide internet point of contact and Membership numbers grew, a regular entertaining newsletter was produced and the Laverda brand gained attention at Festivals, Race Meetings and Rallies. When the DAM Group launched it's first  online parts sales webpages in 2012 it included a PayPal Direct Debit facility for members to have their subscriptions automatically renewed. This facility was eventually discontinued in preference for fee-free bank transfers.  Retired racers were encouraged to dust off their leathers and take to the tracks, and members were treated to the incredible sound of thundering Laverda(s) at full throttle again. The DAMCR Laverda re-appeared on the tracks at the 2011 Australian MotoGP Historics. Laverda Owners Victoria members were out in full force to support Greg finishing 9th outright in the 2013 Phillip Island International Classic,  2nd in the 2013 Australian Historic Road Race Titles, and continued to entertain a strong club following in subsequent years finishing 3rd in the 2014 Australian Historic Road Race Titles 2014 while setting the fastest lap time of the series in the same year, 11th in the very competitive 2014 Phillip Island interntional Classic and unfortunately crashed out while in 3rd position of the 2014 Southern Classic Road Race Titles. These were great years for club members to see Laverda racing against the top international competitors in classic racing from the UK, New Zealand and the USA. DAM Classic Racing produced promotional flags to add a festive feeling to club events and presented one to the club with the Laverda Owners Victoria logo at the top. Any race meeting where a Laverda can be seen on the track always provides the opportunity for members ride together to share the passion, sometimes renting houses near the track locations, sometimes arranging camping sites. And always, the sight of a band of Laverdas parked together never fails to spark the attention of the motorcycling public.

In 2017 Laverda Owners Victoria feted Piero Laverda and his Laverda Corse team from Italy when they visited DAM Classic Racing in Victoria. A rally was held at the workshop of DAM Classic Racing for owners to meet Piero Laverda the sole surviving brother of Massimo. These two men were the driving force behind the creation of the famous Laverda motorcycles. Specially embroidered business shirts displaying a map of Australia surrounding the Event title designed by Angus Parish were purchased by DAM Classic Racing and presented to the Italian Team to commemorate their visit. The awe-inspiring Laverda V6 was brought out from Italy to the Eastern Creek Raceway in Sydney and DAM Classic Racing financed and organised the Drysdale 750cc V8 to be shipped north to run side by side with Piero riding the 1000cc V6 Laverda. At the Gala Dinner for the International Festival of Speed Piero unveiled the Laverda SFC/4 and announced that Greg Parish was to be the first rider to officially test-ride this bike. Australian Motorcycle News magazine reported the test with photos and promoted the latest creation of Laverda.

The club members saw racing Laverda continue into 2018 when Jimmy Parish set a new Drag Racing Record for Pre 1973 motorcycles at the Geelong Speed Trials on the DAMCR 981cc Bol d'Or replica race bike. This record stands unbeaten.

2019, being the 70th Anniversary of Laverda Motorcycles, was a grand occasion for Angus Parish to set a Land Speed Record on his 30th birthday March 5th for Production Classic 500cc Classs piloting a DAM Classic Racing prepared  and sponsored 1977 Laverda Alpina on the Salt at Lake Gairdner. In July a number of Australians travelled to Italy for the official rally and International 70th Anniversary Celebrations of Laverda held in its hometown of Breganze Italy. This was a major event for the marque and Victorian owners were well represented. Some had shipped their bikes to Europe, some via England, to tour the Continent to Italy for the bikes to visit their place of birth. Piero Laverda announced to great acclaim the release of a new Laverda book La Diva, Laverda 750. It was the largest gathering of Laverda enthusiasts in the history of the small Italian village.

At home local weekday country rides became more frequent and racing continued with members entering their Laverda into the Geelong Speed Trials, the BEARS races at Phillip Island and in conjunction with the Australian Road Race Championships at Broadford Raceway of which DAM Classic Racing is a regular sponsor. There were some uncharacteristic club leadership decisions surrounding the Broadford Race meeting in November. It remained without explanation or apology, and whatever outcome Sergio had personally hoped to achieve by his Quisling actions against club pluralism baffled many members in the club.

Three weeks later members of Laverda Owners Victoria gathered for the annual Christmas party on November 30th. Without forewarning, Sergio announced his resignation. It was an unexpected termination of what had been a vibrant leadership for many years. He nominated Dave Doyle as his successor. No-one had had the opportunity to consider any other options and the change was agreed to by the few members in attendance. Dave declared Sergio was to continue in the role as editor of the group's Newsletter.

Early in 2020 saw the world change dramatically with the advent of the Coronavirus Covid-19. All group activities were banned, Government Lock-down measures restricted people to stay at home, only one person could leave the house at a time to shop or exercise for 1 hour and travel was only allowed within a 5km radius of home address. No race meetings were allowed, no club gatherings. Shops were closed, some businesses failed and many motorcycles came up for sale and changed owners. In September the Government created what was termed 'a ring of steel' around metropolitan Melbourne with police roadblocks in place to to prevent anyone leaving the city area in an attempt to stem the spead of the virus. There were a few independent souls in Laverda Owners Victoria who managed to find ways of getting out for short rides on their Laverda but for most it was a time to polish up the bike and do repair jobs in anticipation of normality returning. Motorcycle book sales increased as members looked for things to fill their time at home. It was an opportune time for Tim Parker to re-release his famous Laverda Green Book  and DAM Classic Racing was the only Laverda parts store in the world to stock this most popular of all Laverda books. Preparation and development of race bikes around the country continued behind closed workshop doors in anticipation of a relaxing of restrictions to open up racing events at the earliest opportunity. Organisers pointed to the changes implemented by MotoGP to encourage the governing bodies to allow the successful return of motorcycle racing to the tracks.

The past 40 years have seen some exciting times for the original members as they've watched the longest running Laverda Club in Australia go from strength to strength. It has seen a number of name changes, changed direction as membership emphasis and leadership has changed and overcome divisive intervention by interstate groups at times. Now as an unofficial gathering of Laverda riders and friends the social group of Laverda owners in Victoria continues to welcome new members via the DAM Classic Racing webpages and word of mouth. The individual members foster loyal mateship and the love of Laverda motorcycles. Regular rides and fun events are organised throughout the year that cater for riders and their families. Events such as joining with the Classic Italian Motorcycle Association (CIMAA) for free coffee mornings and hamburger nights, weekday rides and other special regional events with like minded motorcycle clubs held throughout the year, dart competition evenings and club meetings, culminating in the annual Boggy Creek Rally held at Curdievale in conjunction with the Moto Guzzi Club Victoria. 

You can meet Laverda Owners Victoria and friends on the last Tuesday of the month at the Malvernvale Hotel, 1321 Malvern Road, Malvern 3144.

Join them from around 8pm, if you want to talk about Laverda or find out more information about the bikes.
The venue for the monthly meeting might change or need special arrangements due to Covid-19 so please contact Dave Doyle for updates before the end of the month.

An interest in, a knowledge of, or previous ownership of Laverda is all you need. When they get together or go for a ride all are welcome, regardless of your brand of bike.

You can join Laverda Owners Victoria $30 for 12 months
Pay by direct debit from a credit card or bank account to receive the newsletter, notification of special events, rides, and rallies

ANZ Bank Malvern
Account Name:    Club Laverda
BSB Number:       013 350
Account:              304 697 804     

Remember to put your name in the Description and email all enquiries to Dave Doyle laverdaownersvic@iprimus.com.au

Laverda Parts Onlinehttps://damclassicracing.com.au/laverda-club-victoria/

In response to the seriousness of the need to combat the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Club meetings have been suspended until further notice.