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  • allde Posts: 4093
    South Eastern Suburbs, Vic.
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    22 May 2019 08:17 PM
    Pretty awesome.

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  • steelo Posts: 2577
    Adelaide
    Forum Legend steelo
    22 May 2019 08:21 PM
    When were you there Allde?
  • perthhog Posts: 1645
    Motor Head perthhog
    22 May 2019 09:22 PM
    Awesome love this sort of  stuff  Turning scrap in to art 
  • Humbug Posts: 520
    Darwin
    Performance Poster Humbug
    23 May 2019 07:39 AM
    Wow, some time has been spent on making that.
  • paulybronco Posts: 11960
    Forum Legend paulybronco
    23 May 2019 02:46 PM
    Very cool
  • Spook Posts: 2540
    Saffastraya
    Forum Legend Spook
    23 May 2019 05:56 PM
    Blakey disliked being called Kenny but tolerated it as there is no educating the cockhead media. Yeah, local boy!
  • Far Canal Posts: 1764
    Motor Head Far Canal
    23 May 2019 06:34 PM
    Quoting Spook on 23 May 2019 05:56 PM
    Blakey disliked being called Kenny but tolerated it as there is no educating the cockhead media. Yeah, local boy!
    Did he prefer Kenneth?
  • Spook Posts: 2540
    Saffastraya
    Forum Legend Spook
    23 May 2019 07:23 PM
    Quoting Spook on 23 May 2019 05:56 PM
    Blakey disliked being called Kenny but tolerated it as there is no educating the cockhead media. Yeah, local boy!
    Quoting Far Canal on 23 May 2019 06:34 PM
    Did he prefer Kenneth?
    You so funny! We called him Blakey, when we could get close enough to the bugger. He could run rings around we mere mortals. My old Matchless wouldn't blow wind up his bum.
  • Neale Posts: 418
    Richmond NSW
    Stage 1 Poster Neale
    25 May 2019 11:03 AM
    Nice work.
  • Spook Posts: 2540
    Saffastraya
    Forum Legend Spook
    25 May 2019 10:20 PM
    Early Years
    Ken Blake was born Kenneth Maxwell Blake.
    Ken’s father was Allan William Herbert Blake, his mother was Edna Josephine Freekenhorst. Ken’s father enlisted in the AIF in 1941 and was a motor driver. He was discharged on 23 October 1944 and he and Edna married two days later on 25 October.
    Ken was born a year later, on 27 October, 1945, although his tombstone shows his birth date as 27 October 1948.
    His family lived at 8 Rowe Street, Strathalbyn, where Ken and his sister Yvonne attended the Strathalbyn Primary School and then went onto the Strathalbyn High School. Rumour has it that Ken used to hang out of the school bus door as it drove down the dirt roads to school.
    After leaving school, Ken worked at Gilbert Motors in Strathalbyn as an apprentice panel beater. At 16, he purchased his first bike, a Honda 125 “Benly”, working odd jobs in addition to his panel beating apprenticeship to pay for the bike.
    Racing Career
    Early Career
    He moved to Adelaide when he was 18 to pursue his career in racing. Ken won the first race he rode in, which didn’t surprise his family or friends, as since he was a toddler, all Ken wanted to do was to race motorcycles.
    The Jesser brothers, who recognised his natural ability, gave him his start in racing. In 1969 he won, the Australian TT on the Triumph sponsored by L&D J Jesser at Surfers Paradise and repeated that at Phillip Island the following year. This bike is on display at the Birdwood Mill Museum in Birdwood, South Australia.
    During this period, Ken and his mates founded the Phoenix Motorcycle Club, dedicated to motorcycling racers and racing.
    1970 – 1974
    In 1970 Ken transferred his base to Melbourne to be closer to the action, where he was given the new 500cc Kawasaki, 3 cylinder masterpiece to ride, with a top speed of 250kph.
    He took the Kawasaki 500 to Bathurst and from a push start he set the lap record at 2.38 in the Unlimited Grand Prix. And then later in day in another event, the 10 lap Bathurst Bi-centenary GP, he set the sizzling lap record of 2.35.
    In 1971, Ken was sponsored by Jack Walters, a wealthy motel owner and motorcyclist enthusiast, who provided Ken with a new 250cc and 350cc Yamaha for the 1972 racing season.
    With sponsorship from Coca Cola, he went on to victory in 1973 in the 250cc Australian Road Racing Championship.
    In 1973, he entered the Castrol 6-hour production bike race at Amaroo Park, a very tight and twisty 1.9km circuit. Although a two rider race, Ken rode the entire 6 hour, 342 lap race without a fellow team member, he won the race. This solo ride was described as one of the all-time greatest riding performances.
    The following year, Ken won both the 350cc and 500cc titles on the Yamaha twin and the unlimited titles at Wanneroo Park in Perth.
    The Yamaha TZ350 revolutionised road racing around the world. The addition of water-cooling in 1973 added a new dimension and enabling mechanical security for longer races.
    1975 – 1980
    In 1975, Ken changed to a TZ700cc Yamaha and later to Suzuki RG500CC.
    It was in the 1976 Australian 500 TT, where Ken earned the famous tag – ‘the man who beat fifteen times World Champion Giacomo Agostini’. The Australian crowd (270,000 of them) went berserk.
    Ken made his European debut in 1978, initially on his Yamaha TZ250cc. He competed in 32 meetings that year. He went back in 1979 and 1980 with a new TZ350, which served him well. He rode in other parts of the world, including the USA and Venezuela.
    1981 – The Isle of Man
    In 1981 he went to the Isle of Man, it was supposed to have been his last race before retirement.
    In the 500cc TT (the world’s most famous race) he was delayed on the start line with a fuelling problem that had forced him into last position on the grid.
    In the fifth lap of a six lap race, Ken was holding in eighth position after passing over 103 riders, when his bike aquaplaned, he slid and hit a concrete post and was killed instantly.
    Kenneth Maxwell Blake was an 11 times Australian Motorcycle champion. Some experts say that Ken was the equal of more recent champions Wayne Gardner and Mick Doohan, and he would have won more titles had he not been on a “shoe string” budget.
  • Humbug Posts: 520
    Darwin
    Performance Poster Humbug
    26 May 2019 10:56 AM
    Good read.
  • brucefxdl Posts: 1137
    south west victoria
    Performance Poster brucefxdl
    26 May 2019 04:44 PM
    Quoting Humbug on 26 May 2019 10:56 AM
    Good read.
    thanks for the good read spook,remember reading of kens races and wins in the 70's and on till his death, in Two Wheels,my bible of life in those years.
  • Spook Posts: 2540
    Saffastraya
    Forum Legend Spook
    26 May 2019 04:58 PM
    Quoting Humbug on 26 May 2019 10:56 AM
    Good read.
    He was a good bloke too. Bloody clever and pretty humble with it. Pretty easy for those of us who knocked about in the same town to get a bit emotional about the man. I'm sure we all have friends like that.
  • daddyracer56 Posts: 1939
    the concrete jungle - SYDNEY
    Motor Head daddyracer56
    19 Jul 2019 11:36 PM
    he was my first Australian motorcycle racing hero back then

  • bloodog Posts: 1463
    Alice Springs NT
    Performance Poster bloodog
    19 Jul 2019 11:47 PM
    Good one spook 
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