Folks … Here’s a short video of Ron made by a fiend of Kenny Cummings discussing Gold Stars and the Isle of Man races. (What else!) It was filmed at the race track pits at Sonoma, CA and just recently released. The Man had boundless enthusiasm for his sport and will be sorely missed by all of his many friends.
I remember meeting him at the IOM International in '08. His genuine niceness, and his limitless enthusiasm for racing his Gold Stars were the take-aways- even from my very brief exposure during that week. The guy truly had The Light in his entire being. That vimeo vid sure captures it within him, too.
Always sad when such a well loved member of the community dies. RIP, sincere condolences, and best wishes for his family & friends.
"It is no measure of health, to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."
I was totally unaware of this..I was checking Facebook and a video of ron was posted..I watched As I almost always saw ron and the Goldie guys at Harris Turners Party and they would stop by the shop on Daytona race days..I was sure the video was going to end with ron and his great machine setting a record..only when it ended and the scrpt at the end said it all did i learn he had passed,,what a total bummer...i have some pics of past races I will look for and post later...
This is so so sad. Ron was truly a good person, friend, racer and BSA guy and BritBike Forum contributor. R.I.P Here is a photo from California. From Left Jim Rice ex BSA factory rider, Morgan BritBike admin and Gold Star Ron him self. God speed.
Sad news for sure. I knew he wasn't well but he helped me with my scraped up throttle in California and made my bike ridable again . He took it home and machined it so that it would hold a cable again. A truly great man who will be missed by many
It is sad news, I never met Ron, but hsd talked via email when I helped out shipping a tank for a friend of his a few years back, I had hoped I might meet him at Barber, never going to happen now. My condolences to his family and friends.
Sitting in my little workshop today looking at some BSA Gold Star parts and thinking of Gold Star Ron. He always had a quick and thoughtful answer to my technical questions and good suggestions on how to repair or fix a part.
It was a couple of years ago when he shared with me that he had been diagnosed with cancer and he wanted to talk about how to approach and deal with it. I told him how I had dealt with it and assured him that no matter what I always had a prayer and good thoughts going out to him.
We shared out love of these cantankerous old Brit bikes and just the simple joys of being around the awesome Britbike family.
Your are missed my friend in this little shop in the foothills of Mt. Rainier. Godspeed
AKA Ron from California? He nagged me during my 650 Triumph LSR bike built to stop guessing and get the machine on a dyno. I finally gave in and got more speed and a record holder. Peace to his friends and family
650 Triumph modified production LSR record holder 133.1 MPH... Twin 650 engine Triumph LSR that goes sorta fast...