A Last Lap for Kevin Ash

Michael Mann - Web Editor, Bike Social
By Michael Mann
MannOnABike Web editor of Bike Social. Been riding bikes since he was four-years-old. Fast and smooth road rider, just about hangs on in a track day quick group.

An event to commemorate the life of journalist Kevin Ash takes place at Silverstone on 9th August from 3pm with a Last Lap, Charity Auction and Evening Entertainment.

Kevin was a well-revered motorcycle journalist who had ridden and reviewed almost every bike you could name.  He contributed to Bike Social as well the Daily Telegraph and almost every other motorcycling publication during his career.  The self-declared ‘most outspoken man in motorcycling’ was one of the founding members of Fast Bikes magazine before joining MCN in 1994 and then stepping into the world of freelance journalism in 1997.

Sadly in January of this year whilst on a BMW press launch in South Africa Kevin was sadly involved in a fatal accident, he leaves behind him his beloved wife Caroline and their three daughters.  The Kevin Ash Fund was set-up to fund his daughters’ education and the event offers 300 spaces on a first-come-first-served basis to take your bike around Silverstone.

The ticket price for the event is a £5 donation and the lap around the Silverstone International Circuit begins at 4pm after which there will be a charity auction hosted by BBC F1’s Suzi Perry, a personal friend of Kevin’s.  Lots include donations from across the motorcycling world such as a full set of riding kit from AlpineStars, a signed photograph of Valentino Rossi and a set of Dani Perdrosa’s leathers.

Into the evening and the adjacent Whittlebury Park will be the location for the entertainment with a live band plus James Toseland performing, food and refreshments also be provided. 

Ashy on the Harris Padgetts Yamaha YZR500

For those wishing to camp then please visit www.whittlebury.com or call Penny Clarke on 01327 850027. A pitch for a car and one tent is just £25, with a bike and one tent at £12.

For more information about the event and to book tickets, visit http://kevinslastlap.eventbrite.co.uk/

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