Quick fix gets son on track
A LONG history of motorcycles gave Laidley's Chris Zischke, 47, the necessary skills to fix his son's speedway bike to get him back on the Kingaroy track.
Relatively new to the sport, Chris and Tate Zischke started in March this year and are still learning about the sport and the stripped-back motorcycles.
But decades riding in the enduro scene have given Chris the mechanical knowledge to keep his son's bike rolling.
"In enduro you're out in the scrub and if your bike goes - you're it," he said.
"You've got to fend for yourself out there."
Armed with little more than a couple of different sized screwdrivers, Chris was able to remove the fault on Tate's bike in a matter of minutes.
When Chris tinkers on bikes, it becomes a place of solitude for him.
Systematically it puts his mind at ease as he works around the issues on the second-hand 125cc speedway bike.
"I like to be by myself when working," he said.
"But it's good to have the kids helping when they can."
Tate does the majority of the bike cleaning but has been shown the ropes behind changing tyres.
He only needed slight persuasion from his father to start riding motorcycles - hooked by the adrenaline rush it provides.
After Tate started on a peewee 50, a come-and-try day held at the Ipswich speedway track opened his eyes to the sport he has fallen for.
With the bikes sliding around the dirt track, he was hooked there and then, and started riding in March after his grandfather bought him a bike.
Since then he has notched up a podium finish in Maryborough and joint first place with the Queensland team in Tamworth.
A little help from Col Rogerson taught her the basics, and after that it was onto the track for a hot lap.
Rogerson said it was very satisfying to be able to teach people to ride on the track.
But he said speedway motorcycle racing was a different style all together.
"They're a hard thing to learn riding, you have to ride them hard," he said.
"The back wheel is spinning and then you just control it with the steering.
"The more you slide, the slower you go (so) like I say, hard is easy."