I was born into the motorcycle racing world and Barry came to it of his own free will. Even before we knew each other we both had a history of trying to make our sport safer and more dignified. In 1979 my first husband, Tom, died as a result of a motorcycle racing accident. Barry had been a good friend of Tom’s and his death, and the waste of his life, prompted us both to make our escape from the community we knew so well.
But our lifetime of experience and knowledge of the motorcycle world continued to have a strong pull on us. Barry wrote the book ‘Kenny Roberts’ to tell the story of the genius and extraordinary character of that many-time world champion. And I began working with another genius, and incorrigible change maker, Randy Mamola.
Barry, Randy and I loved working with children and we started raising money to support the precarious and all-too-short lives of children, and women, in Africa. We found Randy’s ability to connect with fans meant we could show how motorcycles could save lives not waste lives.
At last we had all found a way to enable the sport we loved to change the world. Riders for Health was close to being born ...