Sunday, January 31, 2010



January is always an awesome time of the year for hardcore off-road fans with the staging of the annual Dakar Rally, which now has a spectacular new home in Argentina and Chile.

But let's not forget that achieving the dream of racing the Dakar can come at the ultimate price.

On January 9, 2006, Aussie off-road legend Andy Caldecott was tragically killed in Mauritania in South Africa during the ninth leg of the 28th staging of the gruelling Paris-Dakar Rally.

A true professional and great ambassador for dirt bike racing, Andy always retained his humility despite his great achievements -- which at the time of his accident included racing for the powerful KTM factory race team.

Andy is survived by his wife Tracey and children Caitlin and Mitch in his home-town, Keith, in South Australia.

With the support of the local community, the Andy Caldecott Memorial Project Committee has been formed to develop a lasting memorial to Andy.

The committee is a not-for-profit organisation serving the community of Keith, and aims to raise over $65,000 to complete a fitting memorial to this great motorcycle competitor.

As part of the fundraising campaign, engraved pavers that will form part of the memorial in the township of Keith are available for sponsorship by individuals and businesses. The paver contributions range from $50 to over $150 and are now available through the Andy Caldecott Memorial Project.

For full details check out the web site or email and gain a unique and lasting record of your support of a true Aussie dirt bike riding legend.

R.I.P. Andy Caldecott.

-- Clubby,

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