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Ace Cafe London Go Racing! 27/04/2010
Ace Cafe London & StoMoCo Go Racing - GOSH!
XR1200 HD race bikes, developed for Harley-Davidson UK by Harris Performance, together with a special road-going version, will debut at the cafe on evening of Thursday 29th April, occasion of the cafe's regular monthly "HD" night held, 6pm - 11pm, every last Thursday of the month.
Ace Cafe London and its specialist "motor" subsidiary, StoMoCo are sponsoring and supporting the Cheltenham and Oxford Harley dealership supplied race bike and its rider Gary Byrne, who will also be at the cafe, in the joint objective of winning the 2010 seven round HD XR1200 race series and the raising of funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), which the cafe has previously supported via the hospital's "Jeans for Genes" campaign. Gary's race number in the series is 44, follow his progress and support GOSH.
Gary Byrne's son Lewis was diagnosed at five years of age with a very rare condition, Severe Aplastic Anaemia and received extensive treatment at Great Ormond Street Hospital, to include undergoing a bone marrow transplant. Gary, his son Lewis, now aged eleven, and grandfather Tony are, in effect, the motorcycle racing fundraising arm of, and ambassadors for, GOSH!
Gary, who retired from racing when his son became ill, started his career in 1992 in schoolboy Moto Cross, entering his first road race in March 1994 at Snetterton with his first win that year at Cadwell Park to be followed by:
1995 - Runner up - Formula 400 Championship New Era
1995 - Runner Up - Dennis Oldham Trophy New Era
1996 - Champion - National Shell 600cc Series
1997 - Selected Rounds - French Endurance Championship with Team Muscadet
1998 - Winner - 500 mile Endurance Race with Team Phoenix
1999 - Winner - Shell Sport Trophy
1999 - Selected Rounds European Super Stock Series
2000 - Champion Suzuki 1200 Bandit One Make Series
Returning to racing half way through the 2008 season competing in the KTM Race Series.