Re­mem­ber­ing Blakey – 35 years on

Old Bike Australasia - - OUT’N’ABOUT -

Thurs­day June 9th marked 35 years since one of Aus­tralia’s great­est rid­ers, Kenny Blake, met his maker on the Isle of Man. Each year, Kenny’s friends meet in Mel­bourne to cel­e­brate his short life. Alf Ro­bi­son was MC for the func­tion and pro­vides this re­port, with photos by Rob Lewis. The 35th Kenny Blake memo­rial lunch/func­tion was held on the 9th of June at the Lau­rel Ho­tel, As­cot Vale, Mel­bourne. The func­tion was a great suc­cess with peo­ple com­ing from as far as Queens­land, NSW, South Aus­tralia and many ru­ral ar­eas as well as the lo­cals. There were over 50 peo­ple in at­ten­dance and Don Cox (mo­tor­cy­cle jour­nal­ist and au­thor) was Guest Speaker. Mo­tor­cy­cling Aus­tralia dis­played the Coca Cola Yamaha from their mu­seum, a bike on which Kenny had many wins. Spe­cially de­signed T-shirts were on sale at cost price as was a DVD of Kenny beat­ing Gi­a­como Agostini at the Laver­ton TT in 1976 and Don Coxs’ ter­rific book ‘Cir­cus Life’ was also avail­able. We still have stocks of the t-shirts which are avail­able at the cost price of $22.50 plus $7.50 postage. There was a TV photo board on the large screen show­ing many photos of Kenny in var­i­ous races on a va­ri­ety of ma­chines. Many peo­ple con­firmed they will be back next year, same date, time and lo­ca­tion; put it in your di­ary. For fur­ther de­tails and t-shirt or­ders con­tact Alf Ro­bi­son 0418 377786 or al­fro­bi­[email protected] n

The fa­mous Coca Cola TZ350 owned by Mo­tor­cy­cling Aus­tralia, with Peggy Hyde, Mick Pet­tifer and Mary­lou Nees (pro­pri­etor of Garage Mo­tor­cy­cles in Strathal­byn).

A fine up­stand­ing group of (l-r) ‘Ozzie’ Os­borne, Craig Hemsworth, Rob Lewis, and Rorg Mur­phy. Guest Speak Don Cox, a man with many Kenny Blake sto­ries.

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