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ED’S NOTES: HAPPY NEW

ED’S NOTES: HAPPY NEW YEAR! S594/A There have been very few times in my life where I have been left speechless, but after the support that was shown at our annual SA Riders Meet and Greet event held on Saturday the 7th of December, I was not only left speechless, but also with eyes filled with tears of joy and pride. The event, which was held at Ridgeway Racebar once again, was a huge hit and as you can see by the pictures, lots of fun was had by all. Some of SA’s best riders came together to support not only myself, but also RideFast magazine and more importantly my family. Brad Binder, Darryn Binder, Shez Morais and Mathew Scholtz were all present, we even had a guest appearance from top UK rider and Moto3 star Tom Booth Amos. To these guys, whom other than Tom I have known for many a year now and am honoured and privileged to call my good friends, I cannot say thank you enough for all you do for me. This event was put on not only to give the SA public a chance to meet and greet their heroes, but also to help raise some funds for my gorgeous daughter Nova Layn Portman, who was born with Down Syndrome and 3 holes in her heart and will be going for open heart surgery on the 14th of January to fix the problems. All the riders donated not only their time, but also some of their riding gear, which along with some other very exclusive memorabilia I managed to round up at my recent trip to the Valencia GP, was auctioned off on the night. The Voice of Choice and a man I consider so much more than just a friend, Mr Greg Moloney, was the MC for the night and there is no one on this planet I would rather have representing myself, my family and RideFast. Greg, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. You pushed the envelope and squeezed every cent out of the massive crowd that came out in support. Over R240k was raised, which left me and my family both humbled and in tears on the night. Myself and my family cannot thank all who attended and bought items enough for all the support. It is overwhelming to know the support we have and knowing that we have so much love out there makes all the tough times that much easier. We will always let Nova, and my boy Trey Knox know that they have the biggest family in the world, with aunties and uncles all over the place. We will forever be grateful!!! Ok, I have to go wipe more tears out of my eyes now. Again, thank you all for everything and for making my dreams of being so involved in the motorcycle industry come true. I value your support more than you will ever know and will continue working as hard as possible to keep bringing you the best magazine in the world! A final thank you must go out to Gerrit and Daniella from Beam Productions for always being by my side and helping me produce this world class magazine! Happy new year all, may you all be blessed with health and good wealth for 2020 and beyond! Cheers, Rob Portman. A packed Ridgeway Racebar... My gorgeous wife Amy and daughter Nova Layn. Greg having a chat on stage with Shez. Me and my cool dude Trey Knox. Brad explaining something to Greg... Brad with my buddy Cambeul du Preez. The Voice of Choice in action... Daz and Tom getting some boob action... DUNLOPTYRESSA EDITOR & DESIGNER: Rob Portman rob@ridefast.co.za PUBLISHER: Glenn Foley foleyg@mweb.co.za ADVERTISING: Sean Hendley bestbikemagazines @yahoo.com 071 684 4546 OFFICE & SUBSCRIPTIONS: Anette anette.acc@ mweb.co.za 011 979 5035 CONTRIBUTORS: Sheridan Morais Brad Binder Darryn Binder Gerrit Erasmus Eugene Liebenberg Niel Philipson Greg Moloney Daniella Kerby Michael Powell Brian Cheyne Donovan Fourie Shaun Portman Mat Durrans Copyright © RideFast Magazine: All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including photocopying, articles, or other methods, without the prior written permission of the publisher. RIDEFAST MAGAZINE JANUARY 2020 1