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Kenny Blake

Kenny Blake grew up in Strathalbyn and loved racing.

He started racing his 1964 Triumph in 1966, and was soon taken under the wings of Les and Dean Jesser.  Blake had his first major win at the 1973 Castrol 6 hour Production Bike Race at Ameroo Park Raceway in Sydney. In 1974 he won the Australian 350cc and 500cc championships and in 1976 he won the coveted Australian 500TT race against a field of international riders.

Blake went on to win 11 national championships and compete at the Isle of Man.

For more on Kenny Blake’s racing history.

One unbeatable weekend!

The Festival is over, but you can still purchase a brick and be part of the monument here until November 30 2018

The Kenny Blake Festival of Motorcycling, celebrates the life and achievements of racing’s ‘gentleman racer’.  See custom motorcycles, memorabilia and selected new bikes from retailers and exhibitors. Expect a motorcycle show like no other! This is NOT a motorcycle trade fair, it’s an exhibition and celebration of Kenny Blake’s life, in the town where he grew up.

Everyone is invited! Stay for the whole weekend, bring your camera, bring your mates, your better half, and the kids too. Every element of this unique event has been hand-picked by the organisers, the exhibited bikes are ‘Invitational’ and selected from the era that Kenny Blake raced.

Supported by the motorcycle industry, the event is sponsored by Strathalbyn’s SA Plasterboard, the Alexandrina Council, Phoenix Motorcycle Club, Kenny Blake Foundation, Garage Motorcycles, Shannons Insurance, Littlehampton Bricks and the Strathalbyn & Lakes Tourist Association. The Festival is a bi-annual event run by volunteers, being held in the picturesque, historic town of Strathalbyn, South Australia from Friday evening 26 October to Sunday evening 28 October, 2018

Bookings Open Now

You can now book your seat at Friday’s Launch Dinner, or your spot on Saturday’s Memorial Ride and Sunday’s KB Historic Rally.

Do it now – don’t miss out, dinner seats and spots on the rides are strictly limited. Bricks for the Memorial Sculpture are now available to purchase.

Why October 27?

October 27 is Kenny Blake’s birthday. The festival  is all about bringing Kenny Blake back home, and a celebration for families and especially anyone who loves to ride a motorcycle.

 

Grand Prix Telecast

 

If you want to catch the Phillip Island Australian GP it will be on the big screen at the Strathalbyn Footy Club, where most of the weekend’s events will be held.

Launch Dinner

Friday

Reflections and memories of Kenny Blake with Guest Speakers Ivan 'Snowy' Ardill & Gavin Porteous.

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Memorabilia Display

Saturday & Sunday

Display from Blake's racing days.

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Trade Show

Saturday & Sunday

Get up close and personal with the very latest in motorcycle engineering. Kawasaki & Suzuki confirmed.

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Show & Shine

Saturday

Many bikes specific to the Blake racing era. Show your bike too!

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Memorial Ride

Saturday

Ride the roads where Blake honed his skills.

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Swap Meet & Horsepower Crew

Sunday

Don't miss out - hundreds of stalls with bikes, tools, parts, books and much, much more. Also starting 10am will be the assembly of Horsepower Crew on the Oval.

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KB Historic Rally

Sunday

Historic ride and scavenger hunt.

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Memorial Unveiling

Sunday

See the unique Memorial Sculpture specially made to celebrate Blake's life.

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Closing Ceremony

Sunday

Cheer on those who receive a medal.

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Kenny Blake was more than a talented road racer, a good conversationalist, a friendly socialiser. He was a very complete person.

Brian Cowan - Motorcycle Journalist

Two-stroke or four-stroke, big or small, machines with nasty habits or sweet handlers, Blake could ride them all.

Don Cox - Gassit Garage

Kenny had pure, natural ability. He was a true gentleman, but on the track, he was pure tiger. His concentration was fantastic and he was very tenacious.

Michael Cole - Production & Superbike rider 1970s

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