Happy 60th Anniversary Yamaha
Well today, Saturday April 30th 2016, The Bikers Guide Australia decided to go check out the celebrations at #FiveStarYamaha in Hamilton Hill, Western Australia. You see Yamaha was celebrating it 60th anniversary and #FiveStarYamaha decided to put on a party. Yummy sausage sizzle complete with birthday cakes and pizzas, legends of the sport were there including Michael Dowson, Kevin Magee, Stephen Gall and Craig Dack who all shared their past experiences with us, so of course, we just had to get one of their signed autographed posters. It’s always nice to take away some memorabilia of the greats and to hear their stories.
Stephen Galls talked about one of his stunts on one of the #MadMax movie’s he was involved in making and all he could think about was what he had learnt. His message was “Control what you can control and don’t worry about what you can’t control”
Great take away Stephen.
Michael, gave us some laughs when he talked about his fun with a brand new Go Kart in Sugo Japan, while representing Yamaha in MS1. The group was allowed to race on the brand new circuit and with a brand new Go Kart. Riding a KT100S he came up against Robert Phillis who represented Kawasaki. Being the competitive spirited guys that they are, they kept going faster and faster until Robert shoves him off the track and subsequently crashed the expensive Go Kart. LOL Kawasaki wins again! Sorry guys and gals, I’m currently a Kawasaki gal. I”m laughing at this point in time of him telling his story.
Anyway, he’s the rider and rep for Yamaha and he’s just crashed one of their brand new expensive Go Karts…..oops…not good.
Back on his bike now and he went on to fair no better in the trials and as he came over a hill he went one way and his Yamaha went the other, so now he’s in trouble with Japan Go Kart President and his own team. He qualified out of the top 10. The next day was wet and thankfully for Michael he was pretty good in the wet and went on to win both races. His team was happy again. As he stood to receive his winners prize, guess who was the person awarding the prize for the winner..none other than the President of Sugo Go Kart’s. Ha ha.
He said “Dawson son, about the Go Kart…don’t worry about it!”
Great story and good to see the guys having some fun whilst they’re out and about representing their sport.
Speaking of greats, they also had Australia’s #1 Stunt Rider #DaveMcKenna there and it was a thrill to see what this guy can do on a street bike. OMG! I had prime position at one of the ends and when you have a street bike powering down towards you at goodness knows what speed and suddenly stop dead in front of you and slide the back end out sideways, oh what a thrill…and I didn’t even flinch. Well not until he decided to burn some rubber at our end of the field, in which case we had to turn our heads away as small bits of gravel and rubber being flung everywhere, but oh what a thrill and talk about smokin it up! Man what can’t that guy do. Seriously, Dave knows how to handle his machine and he ripped it up for the crowd today. I felt like a little kid again as I stood in line for a signed autographed poster
“Live like you mean it” wrote #DaveMcKenna
So after enjoying the sausage sizzle, pizza, cake and cool drink, checking out the bikes, listening to past heroes of the sport and watching some incredible stunt riding, it was time to head home….with our posters and a goodie bag in hand.
Thanks Five Star Yamaha for a fun day and it was great to celebrate Yamaha’s 60th anniversary. Who know’s you might even convert me over to a Yamaha yet (that R3 that I test rode recently!…Mmmmm)….for now though I still love my Kawasaki.. LOL