TAREE Motorcyle Club is hoping to secure funding to finance a significant revamp of facilities at the Old Bar Roadside Circuit.
This would include vastly improving the lighting system so night racing can be telecast.
The club believes this is paramount if the Troy Bayliss Classic is ever to return to the circuit.
To race at night the club has to transport light towers to the Old Bar Road complex and club secretary Barry Evans said this is cost prohibitive.
Mr Evans explained that Bayliss has indicated the ability for TV networks to be able to telecast night racing would be an important factor if the classic is to return.
The last Bayliss Classic was held in January 2017. However, Bayliss announced later that year that the event would go into recess with increased operating costs and reduced income being the main concerns.
At its peak the classic was attracting crowds of between 5000 and 6000. However, there was a significant downturn in 2017, with around 3500 spectators trackside.
Next January the motorcycle club will conduct a twilight meeting and this is expected to attract some of the nation’s top riders. Bayliss rode in an earlier twilight meeting at the track and from there the classic concept originated.
Mr Evans said the club still hopes the Bayliss Classic will return to Taree, possibly running every two years.
“But we would certainly need improved lighting there to make it more viable,’’ he said.
Mr Evans added funding to upgrade a road circuit within the complex is another priority for the club. This is used to transition riders from oil track racing to road racing. Mr Evans said a high profile rider has expressed an interest in using the track for training young riders.
The club is seeking a federal government grant to assist with the works with the assistance of MidCoast Council.
“We hope to find out in the next couple of weeks if we’ve been successful,’’ he said.
“But if we miss out this time, we’ll be trying again.’’
The club hosted a round of the tri-series last Saturday featuring riders from Taree, Gunnedah and Kempsey. This was the last event to be held at the track for the year.