Ever since I can remember I have had a strong fascination with motorcycles. This was reinforced when at the age of 12 my parents splashed out and bought me my first bike, an ’83 model CR80. My best friend at the time owned a brand new KX80 and his father kindly took on the job of teaching us both to ride. I took to it like a duck to water. Unfortunately I could not afford to race so I settled for riding at the local track and on friends properties.
Things really kicked off for me when at the age of 16 I was fortunate enough to talk my way into an apprenticeship at Peter Stevens in Ringwood as a motorcycle technician. This opened up a whole new world for me as I learned the tricks of the trade in one of the best equipped workshops in Melbourne. Ironically, it wasn’t until I started my second year that I bought an almost new KX 125, my second bike. I must have ridden it every weekend for the next year, alternating from track to bush as I honed my skills.
Eventually my 18th birthday came and as most young fella’s do, I bought my self a car and a road bike. My new found freedom lead me to a new found passion…… windsurfing. This was a great release for me and offered me an alternative to bike riding, which was, because of my job, beginning to wear thin. Once I had completed my apprenticeship I was given the opportunity to branch off in my work and specialize in Harley Davidsons. This was great, as the Ringwood branch of Peter Stevens did not have a Harley specialist on sight, so I received unique factory training from Harley Davidson U.S.A. and was allowed company Harleys to ride on weekends to events and H.D. rallies. It wasn’t until 1997 that Peter Stevens started a motorcross race team and I was asked to be part of the pit crew. This would have to be one of the best offers I have ever had, so needless to say I jumped at the chance. Through the course of my work here, I travelled extensively and was also given the opportunity to ride some of the best motorcross and supercross tracks in Australia whilst getting paid! The work involved rigorous maintenance and test riding of many team race bikes. I really enjoyed the big supercross events, the on track action and the awesome energy from the crowds is something I will never forget.