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Remembering Bob Levy: An Australian motorsport legend | Latest

Australian Sidecar champion Bob Levy has passed away.

We acknowledge the passing of Bob Levy; icon and champion of Australian Sidecar disciplines, a passionate official, gifted mechanic with a fondness for racing and unmatched kindness for others.

Bob Levy was a superstar of the Speedway Sidecar scene in the 60’s, particularly at the Sydney Showgrounds or the ‘Sydney Royale’, as it was then known. Levy was the first man to win both the Australian Road Racing Sidecar and the Australian Speedway Dirt Track Championship.

The highlight of Levy’s sidecar career is reputed to be; being the first to win back to back Sidecar Championship’s as a passenger and then backing it up in the next year for a third year in a row as a rider. A feat remembered by many to this day.

Levy on the Iconic ‘Wedge’ sidecar

Levy on the Iconic ‘Wedge’ sidecar

Levy’s iconic ‘old Wedge style sidecar with Chesterfield livery, is one of the most iconic machines in Australian motorcycle history. The design of the sidecar was indicative of the time sporting unique wedge styling. The late Brian Payne built ‘the Wedge’ in the early 1970s, using his successful kneeler design. It was fitted with a Kawasaki Z1 engine, and in the hands of Levy and Byrne, finished third in the 1974 Senior Sidecar Grand Prix at Bathurst. The very same outfit featured in the Australian film ‘Stone’.

A testament to Levy’s bravery and thrill seeking nature. Levy also drove Speedway cars, which back in the 60’s was very dangerous and many lost their lives.
Levy was an expert motorcycle mechanic and he knew everything from back to front of a bike and was certainly handy in the pits.

In recent years, Levy was heavily engaged in extensive volunteering work at many motorsport events, particularly at Phillip Island during MotoGP and Word Superbikes. Amongst the technical scrutineer crews, Levy will be remembered as being one of the brightest minds and experts in the field whose passionate love of motorcycles is rarely matched.

Billy Bingham and Bob Levy.

Billy Bingham and Bob Levy. Sidecar Australian champions at the Ekka in 1962.