The 1990 road accident that cost ALAN KEMPSTER his right arm and leg may have changed his life, but it did nothing to dampen his tenacity and indomitable spirit. Alan was a professional pilot, and after a long period of recuperation took up water skiing, eventually representing Australia at international level and competing in five world championships, winning three. He also resumed road racing at age 48 on a Kawasaki 400, showing a sense of humour in using the race number “1/2” to signify his missing limbs. Basically self-funded, he competed in many high profile events, including the Burt Munro Challenge in New Zealand, the Barry Sheene Festival and Island Classic. In 2014 he raced at Mugello, Italy in the Di.Di. World Bridgestone Cup, the first international meeting for disabled riders, where he rode a GSXR600 Suzuki. You can watch this inspiring video at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMHCuSZzCP4 Alan passed away in Melbourne on 15th April, aged 56.
Alan Kempster with his Kawasaki ZXR at the Burt Munro Challenge in NZ.