Motorcycling fans from across the north-east will be able to rev up some cash for sick children this summer at a special fundraising event featuring a world champion.
Wayne Gardner, the Australian winner of the 1987 World 500cc, will be joined by former Grand Prix rider Niall Mackenzie at the fifth annual motorcycle racing evening at Aberdeen’s beach ballroom in August.
Since it started, the popular yearly event has so far raised more than £20,000 for The Archie Foundation – the official charity of the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital – through ticket sales, auctions of historic biking memorabilia and more.
This year Mr Gardner, known as the Wollongong Whiz, will tell tales of how he became the first biker from down under to win motorcycling’s premier race in 1987 and competed in the 500cc class on Hondas from 1983 to 1992.
And the famous Moriwaki Kawasaki on which Mr Gardner that he made his name riding will also be on display at the Beach Ballroom for the special event.
Mr Gardener said: “I’m looking forward to visiting Aberdeen with my old friend Niall Mackenzie, raising funds for the children’s hospital charity and chatting to the biking fans about my racing career.
“Niall and I go back a long way and we have lots of very funny stories we’re looking forward to sharing with the fans.”
Mr Mackenzie, who is a three-time British Superbike champion, said: “I’m looking forward to returning to Aberdeen for another event, this time with long-time friend and fellow 500cc racing star Wayne Gardener.
“These events in Aberdeen are going from strength to strength which is great news for motorcycling fans and the Archie Foundation alike.”
Organiser Andy Freeman said he is delighted the annual event has raised so much for the children’s charity.
He said: “I’m delighted to be welcoming to Aberdeen motorcycling racing legends of the calibre of Wayne Gardner and Niall Mackenzie.
“This will be our fifth event we’ve organised and we’ve no intention of slowing down.
“I’d especially like to thank the fans who continue to support the events and to Ecosse Motorcycles for their continued, generous support.”
The event will take place on Monday 27 August, and tickets are available now from www.aberdeenperformingarts.com.