ROBERT JOHN ‘BOB’ HOWLE, who passed away on 8th June aged 81, was a Life Member of the Sydney Veteran and Historic Motorcycle Club, and a lifelong motorcycling devotee. Born into a poor family in inner western Sydney, Bob completed an apprenticeship as a Coppersmith, a trade that was to lead to a life working in metal. He owned a large variety of bikes, from the usual British fare to a 250 Adler, which he raced in the infancy of Historic Racing at Amaroo and Oran Park. He also worked in numerous capacities in the sport: as a scrutineer, race official, committee member or anything else that needed doing, Bob never shied away from a task. After seeing a friend fatally injured against a concrete fence, Bob designed the first crash pads, and eventually convinced the ACU of NSW to employ them at the Sydney circuits – providing Bob hauled them to the track, installed them (and repaired them when necessary) and took them down at the conclusion of racing. He also designed and built the revolutionary fairing for Bob Levy’s ‘Chesterfield Wedge’ outfit, bent up uncountable exhaust pipes, and made all manner of fittings, often refusing payment. When his days of riding solo motorcycles on the road came to an end, he hitched a sidecar to his Royal Enfield and continued what he loved most, often with the family dog in the sidecar seat. Bob was farewelled by a large gathering of family and friends on 17th June.