Mulligan rides high at the Old Bike Aus Challenge

By Colleen Bate | February 25, 2022

A well-known print industry identity, Mitch Mulligan, Managing Director of Böttcher, won the Old Bike Australasia Challenge – Formula 750cc, and he finished third in another race at the event this month.

Ride high: Mulligan on the circuit

Mulligan admits he’s always had a passion for motorcycles. He started building them when he was a teenager and raced production motorcycles until 1991, when he left the circuit to help raise his family.

And what many don’t know is that prior to his role in this industry, he worked as a National Marketing Manager for Norm Fraser Imports, then a Ducati & Cagiva importer.

In 2009 he became a member of the Post Classic Racing Association (PCRA) racing club of NSW and returned to racing at national level.

“To ride motorcycles in Australia you need to be a member of a club affiliated with Motorcycling Australia and apply for a competition license and then, with the right equipment and protective clothing, you can get on board and race “, did he declare. Explain.

“If you have a senior license you can race nationally, which I have done,” he says, confirming he has raced as far as Western Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Queensland. .

Mulligan estimates that since 2009 he has competed in around six to eight races a year, at least three of which have been major national race meetings.

As well as the two class wins he took this month in the Old Bike Australasia Challenge, he also won two Australian titles and one in NSW, in the 5-500 period at Queensland and Eastern Creek.

Mulligan: passion for racing
Mulligan: passion for racing

“I’ve also had about three class wins at Phillip Island over the years, as well as several club championships,” he says, unassumingly explaining that he thinks he “just got lucky.” having won the races in which he participated.

Mulligan admits that a highlight of his racing calendar is the Australian Motorcycling International Island Classic, held at Phillip Island each January. It is the biggest historic motorcycle race in the country and the third biggest motorcycling event on the Australian calendar behind the MotoGP and World Superbike events.

Twice Winner: Old Bike Australasia Challenge Medals
Two-time medalist: Old Bike Australasia Challenge

“We love this getaway,” he says. “It’s my favorite track and for me it feels like coming home every year when I’m back there.”

When Mulligan isn’t racing in his spare time, he can be found in his shed building motorcycles.

“The plan is to keep rolling for as long as possible,” he says.

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