Australia 2004 Australian Heroes of Grand Prix Racing
- Issue Date: 12 October 2004
- Designed by: Symone Lambert
- Printed by: SNP Sprint
- Print Process: Lithography
- Stamp size: 37.5mm x 26mm
- 1 Description
- 2 Stamps
- 3 First Day Covers
- 4 Maximum Cards
- 5 Presentation Pack
International grand prix motorcycle racing came to Australia in 1989, when the revamped Phillip Island circuit in Victoria first hosted a round of the FIM Road Racing World Championship. Australian great Wayne Gardner scored an emotional victory at his home GP and repeated the feat again a year later. From 1991–96 the Australian round of the world championship was held at Sydney’s Eastern Creek Raceway, but returned to Phillip Island in 1997.
The designer, Symone Lambert of Australia Post’s design studio, uses images of five motorcycle riders who have made their mark in grand prix racing in Australia and internationally to portray the excitement of grand prix motorcycle racing in this special issue of five stamps. The stamps show the riders in action on the track. The backgrounds of the photographs have been reworked to suggest speed.
- Perforations : 14 x 14¾
- Formats: sheets of 50 (two panes of 25)
50c Mick Doohan Stamp
Mick Doohan (b.1965, Brisbane, Queensland) is one of the sport’s all-time legends. He won 54 Grands Prix in a decade of racing, including five consecutive 500cc world titles for Honda from 1994-98. Doohan holds the record for the most Grand Prix wins in a season – twelve in 1997. Doohan retired from racing in 1999, although he continues his involvement in the sport as General Manager of Racing for Honda.
50c Wayne Gardner Stamp
Wayne Gardner (b. 1959, Wollongong, New South Wales) is the only other Australian to win a 500cc Grand Prix world title which he won in 1987, also with Honda. Dubbed the ‘Wollongong Whiz’, Gardner won eighteen GPs from 1986-92 and is credited with creating the sport’s enormous popularity in Australia.
50c Troy Bayliss Stamp
Troy Bayliss (b.1969, Taree, New South Wales) made his name in superbike racing with the legendary Italian marque Ducati, winning the British Superbike Championship in 1999 and becoming world superbike champion in 2001. In 2002 he became the first rider in world superbike history to win the first six races of the season, but narrowly missed his second title. Bayliss made his MotoGP debut with Ducati in 2003, scored three podiums and finished sixth in the championship.
50c Daryl Beattie Stamp
Daryl Beattie (b.1970, Charleville, Queensland) achieved world fame in 1993 when he won the German 500cc Grand Prix on a Honda. He went on to win another two GPs in 1995 riding for Suzuki and narrowly missed winning the championship, beaten only by countryman Doohan. The talented Beattie might have achieved a world title and more, but a series of injuries forced him into retirement in 1997 after five years on the world motorcycle racing scene.
50c Garry McCoy Stamp
Garry McCoy (b.1972, Sydney, New South Wales) began his international grand prix career in the 125cc series, taking his first GP win in Malaysia in 1995 and another in front of a home crowd at Sydney’s Eastern Creek in 1996. After moving up to the 500cc championship in 1998, he won three GPs with Yamaha in South Africa, Portugal and Spain in 2000. He rode for Kawasaki’s new MotoGP team in 2003 before switching to world superbikes with Ducati in 2004 and taking his maiden win at Phillip Island.
- Perforations : die cut 11¼ syncopated
- Formats: booklets of 10 and coils of 100
First Day Covers
The first day of issue postmark was Cowes VIC 3922.