Alan Kemp­ster

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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:­4 Alan passed away in Mel­bourne on 15th April, aged 56.

Alan Kemp­ster with his Kawasaki ZXR at the Burt Munro Chal­lenge in NZ.

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