Day Big Dar­rell gave a cheeky truckie the fin­ger

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - INSIDER -

This writer hopes there will be a guard of hon­our from Dar­rell East­lake’s biker pals when he is dis­patched to his good-hu­moured maker next Fri­day.

I had the du­bi­ous plea­sure of be­ing Big Dar­rell’s tele­vi­sion pub­li­cist at Chan­nel 9 back in the 1990s. I say “du­bi­ous” be­cause Dar­rell wasn’t al­ways easy to wran­gle.

For­tu­nately for me, I had two things go­ing for me.

Dar­rell, as it hap­pened, was a breast man and as chro­mo­somes and out­ra­geous for­tune would have it, I had some.

When I spoke, Dar­rell, who I liked im­mensely, would mostly pay at­ten­tion.

“Dar­rell, I need you to do some in­ter­views to pro­mote State of Ori­gin.” He would nod, and look at my chest. “Dar­rell, we need you to bring your leathers in on Wed­nes­day so we can do some pro­mo­tional shots for the 500cc For­mula One GP,” he’d drop some­thing, and ask me to pick it up. “D, if you’re go­ing in the mo­tor­cy­cle char­ity ride this year, can you let me know so we can do some press,” he’d stick out an el­bow as I walked away, hop­ing I might ac­ci­den­tally brush it.

Women over the age of 40 will un­der­stand this. It was the ’90s after-all and pre-Har­vey We­in­stein.

Ea­ger to shock and en­ter­tain, he loved telling me the story of rid­ing his Har­ley with a woman on the back and hav­ing semi­trailer driver tail­gat­ing on a stretch of free­way, driv­ing along par­al­lel to his bike at high speed for a time, be­fore drop­ping back be­hind him.

An­noyed and in­tim­i­dated, Dar­rell started giv­ing the truck driver the fin­ger as he be­came an­grier and an­grier.

After maybe half a dozen times, Dar­rell won­dered why the guy was smil­ing more broadly each time de­spite Dar­rell’s fierce ges­tured dis­cour­age­ment.

Fi­nally look­ing over his shoul­der, he no­ticed his fe­male com­pan­ion had been flash­ing her breasts at the truckie for kilo­me­tres.

That re­la­tion­ship would en­dure for many years.

Dar­rell, 75, died this week fol­low­ing a lengthy bat­tle with Alzheimers and will be put to rest on Fri­day, at 10.30am, at Palm­dale Cre­ma­to­rium, Ourim­bah.

Here’s hop­ing Barry Sheene and a squad of grid girls are wait­ing for you.

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