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Kenny Blake

Kenny Blake grew up in Strathalbyn, with a love of 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.

The Festival

The Kenny Blake Festival of Motorcycling will be held in Strathalbyn from 26 to 28 October 2018.

Visitors can check out new products and test bikes at the Trade Show. The Show and Shine will feature bikes only from the Kenny Blake era. Strathalbyn Town Hall will have a history and memorabilia display. There’ll also be a Historic Trial Loop and a Classic Trial.

Come along for a fantastic weekend, that will be packed with things to do.

This is the first festival, and will be held bi-annually from 2018.


Strathalbyn is one of the prettiest towns in South Australia.

A thriving country town in a charming village-setting, the area offers a wide variety of events and some of the best locally produced food and wine in the state.

Just 57 kilometres southeast of Adelaide, the town is easily reached via the South Eastern Freeeway, or the more scenic winding country roads.

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 many of the weekend’s events will be held.

Launch Dinner


Reflections and memories of Kenny Blake.

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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.

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Show & Shine

Saturday & Sunday

Bikes specific to the era Blake race - 1960s to early 1980s.

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Memorial Ride


Ride the roads where Blake honed his skills.

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Swap Meet


Indoor & Outdoor event - stalls with items specific to Blake's era.

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Historic Rally


Historic ride and scavenger hunt.

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Memorial Unveiling


Memorial Sculpture celebrating Blake's life.

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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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