The Ken Blake lunch

Old Bike Australasia - - OUT’N’ABOUT - From Lynne Rosen­thal

On Sun­day 9th June, about 30 peo­ple gathered to­gether for lunch at the Lau­rel Ho­tel in As­cot Vale in Mel­bourne to re­mem­ber Ken Blake, who died at the Isle of Man on this day in 1981. The event was ar­ranged by Alf Ro­bi­son and his wife Cherie, and Graeme ‘Gyro’ Car­less. Each year, Alf in­vites a friend of Ken’s to say a few words about their friend­ship with Ken and this time it was Ray Quincey who spoke. Ray re­called the time, when as a 12 year old, he first met Ken at a Win­ton race meet­ing. Ray was at the meet­ing with his fa­ther, Mau­rie Quincey, and Mau­rie took Ray to meet Ken in the pits af­ter a race. In later years when Ray also raced, he be­came good friends with Ken and they trav­elled to­gether over­seas. He re­mem­bered the kind­ness Ken showed him, par­tic­u­larly com­ing to visit him af­ter Ray’s bad crash in Bel­gium, and later when they were both back home in Aus­tralia. Ray spoke ex­tremely well and from the heart. It was quite emo­tional for him, re­call­ing those mem­o­ries, and for oth­ers lis­ten­ing. Ken Blake is well re­mem­bered.

The ECCO BMW raced by Ken was on dis­play, along with mem­o­rablia.

Ray Quincey re­lated his time with Ken Blake.

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