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    I have heard today from Shannon Johnson that his father Andrew has died.
    For those that don’t know Andrew partnered Wayne Gardner on a 1100R at the Castrol 6 hour. Plus many other races.

    R.I.P Andrew.



    Sad news Pete, esp. for anyone who followed Australian road racing in the 1980s

    A piece copied from another Bike forum:

    ” Vale Andrew ‘Ajay’ Johnson

    As one of the biggest hard nuts in Australian road racing history, Ajay never shied away from an on-track brawl – in fact he thrived on it

    Legendary Australian road racing star Andrew Johnson has passed away.

    Widely known under the ‘Ajay’ sobriquet, Johnson won 16 major titles during a decorated road racing career, a majority of that time spent with Team Honda alongside Tasmanian Malcolm Campbell.

    Johnson, the father of 2002 Australian Supersport champion Shannon, was also a teammate of arch-rival Rob Phillis at Milledge Yamaha in 1979 when they campaigned TZ grand prix machines.

    Some of the Superbike and production racing battles between Johnson, Campbell and the Suzuki-mounted Phillis in the early 1980s were fierce — both on and off the track. In particular, Ajay was a juggernaut around Bathurst, seemingly devoid of fear and with an insatiable will to win.

    Ajay was cut from a different cloth than most. When he attended Phillis’ wedding in 1983, the gift to his newly married nemesis was a few sticks of gelignite! Guess those weren’t on the gift registry at Myer…

    Johnson also won the 1980 Castrol 6 Hour alongside Wayne Gardner.

    After he retired from road racing, Ajay managed Honda’s all-conquering junior motocross team for 15 years before calling it a day at the end of the 2008 season.

    More recently, there were reports that Ajay was planning a comeback in the historic racing ranks, where he would have been reunited with Phillis and Campbell.

    Alas, it didn’t happen, and he’s now departed, but certainly not forgotten. A true legend. RIP Ajay. “


    Peter Hunt

    Very sad indeed. He was a good bloke. RIP.

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