Searching new horizons in Australia - 1989
At the end of the eighties I did a farewell to my Honda CB 400, I was emigrating to Australia with Theresa and our children (Amyr and Marcela) and wasn't feasible to take my bike with me Down Under, or even to keep it stored here in Brazil.
The plane that took us to Australia was packed, many people that came to the 1989 World Motorcycle Championship race in Goiania was returning home. Among them I met Nick Hartgerinck, Australian journalist that came to Goiania to cover the race and to get material related to Wayne Gardner, the great Aussie racing driver from which Nick is a publicist.
That race left wonderful memories to me, and now in December, 2017 I came across some news published in a motorcycling website here in Brazil telling about the bike used by Kevin Schwantz on that occasion. Suzuki has restored the Suzuki RGV 500 raced by Kevin Schwantz on that memorable race in Goiânia - GO, and presented the bike at the Birmingham Motorcycle Live Show (England).
We got along well and during the trip we could chat about motorcycle racing and he gave some hints about the new country I was adopting. Until we arrived in Sydney we shared the same flight. In the following years I was keen to follow Wayne Gardner's career. He left motorcycle races and went into Stock Cars, and into the Tourism Car divisions. Many years later I heard of him racing classic motorcycles in England.
Me and Theresa, and our little Marcela seated on my Kawasaki KLR 600. Our car is a Subaru Leone SW 4x4, 1974 make / model 1975. November 1989 in Brisbane - QLD - Australia.
Two weeks after arriving in Australia I bought my Kawasaki KLR 600 cc. I couldn't be without a motorcycle as I was really missing my Honda CB 400 - trustful companion of many years and many road adventures.
Highlight from the early years in the
eighties: Edmar Ferreira (from Goias) and
Walter "Tucano" Barchi (from Sao Paulo) competed in an endurance
motorcycle race in France (24 Hours or Bol D'Or) and got a well deserved 3rd
place, racing a Honda CB 500 Four. This was against all the odds as they
were competing with official factory teams, and other relevant competitors as
the team from Japauto (Paris).
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