Bike lover young at heart

ICONIC: Ginge Davies last raced back in 1957 and it would seem the bike he rode that fateful day has stayed in pretty good condition. Picture: Riley KrauseLife member of boththe Griffith Motor Cycle Sports Club andthe Griffith Classic Bike Club (also founding member), Ginge Davies will turn 90 this Australia Day.

He’s done everything from competeat Mount Panorama to win the coveted ‘R’ Award from the Rudge Rally about eight times.

Ginge may not be his real name, but it’s the one everybody knows and loves.

“My son in Sydney sent a letter here, only with the words ‘Ginge’ and ‘Griffith’ and it ended up right in my mail box,” Ginge said.

“That story goes way way back towhen I got one of my bikes.

“This chap wanted to contact me butdidn’t know where to send it (letter) to.

“He knew my name was Ginge, knew I lived in Griffith so he wrote me a letter saying the bike was in Parkes if I wanted to buy it and addressed it to ‘Ginge from Griffith’.”

That says it all really.

His final race was in 1957, but before that he raced at Hanwood Ovalback when it was a racetrackandcompeted everywhere from Orange to Wagga.

While he succeededat whatever hedid and brought home trophyafter trophy (or “dust collectors” as wife Lorraine liked to call them) it’s his work ethic more than anything that drewpeople to him.

“For this guy it’s perfection or nothing,” son-in-law MarioVioli said.

“It’s reflected on myself and my kids as well.

“When we leave this earth, all we leave behind is the respect of those still there.

“He’s certainly earned the respect of his family and everyone in Griffith.”

Mrs Davies couldn’t be prouder of her husband.

“He can fix anything and if he can’t fix it, he’ll make it,” she said.

“If he has something that he can’t work out, he won’t sleep until he’s found a solution.

“He thinks everything should be fixed.”

Roy Capello, owner ofRiverina Lift Trucks, knows all too well about Ginge’sdesire for perfection.

Hehad the rare honour to dohis apprenticeship under the great man, before he climbed throughthe ranks as he eventually became Ginge’s boss years later.

“He was a great boss,” he said.

“EverythingGinge did, italways had to be right and had to bedone the right way.

“That’s what he taught me andeverybody around us.

“You look back now and yourealise that he was so right and it was so good for him to pass that knowledge and experience on to us.”

On Australia Day, Ginge and his family will be down at the Southside Leagues Clubto celebrate his birthday.

They have invited any and all to come along and share in a drink with himany time after 3pm.

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