Neil’s new wheels
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.