Neil’s new wheels

Old Bike Australasia - - OUT ’N’ ABOUT -

Neil Cum­mins has a deep affin­ity with Du­cati. It was he who twirled the span­ners for the 750SS rid­den by Mike Hail­wood and the ed­i­tor at the 1977 and 1978 Cas­trol Six Hour, and the 1978 Adelaide Three Hour. In 1979, Neil al­most met his maker when he was cleaned up by a car driver while run­ning in a Du­cati Pan­tah 500, and the lin­ger­ing ef­fects in­juries he sus­tained that day are still with him. How­ever he re­cently de­cided to sat­isfy an in­ner urge to own a Du­cati again, and pur­chased a 1998 ST2. “I bought it from North Coast V Twins at Coffs Har­bour. They are the most in­ter­est­ing group of peo­ple you would ever find in a shop. Ash­ley Beaton is the Dealer Prin­ci­pal. His son Beau races the Irv­ing Vin­cent and a very quick Du­cati Pani­gale. The of­fice lady Heather rides a Har­ley. The spares man Garry was in Joe East­mure’s pitcrew when he won the 6 Hour on the BMW. The ap­pren­tice is a qual­i­fied panel beater spray painter who gave that up and be­came their ap­pren­tice be­cause he wanted to work on bikes.”

Neil Cum­mins with his new toy.

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