Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 20°C

min temp: 10°C

Search

The pigs are coming. Find out more about

Pigs Gone Wild

here.

Ipswich: Tributes to biker journalist

10:30 25 January 2013

Kevin Ash

Kevin Ash

Archant

TRIBUTES have been paid to a former Ipswich School pupil who was killed in a motorbike accident in South Africa.

British motorcycle journalist Kevin Ash, 53, died following an accident during a BMW press launch event north of Cape Town.

His eldest daughter paid a heartfelt tribute to her father on his official website Ash on Bikes.

The statement said: “Kevin Ash passed away on January 22 due to a motorcycle accident during a press launch in South Africa.

“The phrase ‘he died doing what he loved’ sprang to mind but I would like to stamp that firmly out. He loved his family more and we love him.

“As his oldest daughter, I only recently started to fully realise just how much further his parenting went than most; on receiving a tearful phone call at Stansted airport it was a natural response to immediately cancel his press launch and ride back home to teach trigonometry the night before exams.

“Everything he did was entirely for his children and his wife, and a little bit for his cat.

“My parents loved each other very much and I hope that one day we can learn to live without him.”

Mr Ash was a pupil at Ipswich School from 1971-1978 after gaining a scholarship when his parents, Margaret and Dennis Ash, relocated to Suffolk from Ilford, Essex.

He then went on to study engineering at Imperial College, London, but did not finish his degree due to a passion for writing and repairing engines.

It was while at Imperial College, Mr Ash met his wife Caroline Quanjer, with who he went on to have three daughters.

As well as dabbling in sidecar racing, Mr Ash worked as a reporter for Fast Bikes magazine, Motorcycle News as a reporter and assistant editor before writing for The Daily Telegraph for 15 years.

n Did you know Kevin Ash? Pay your tributes via Ipswich Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail starnews@archant.co.uk

2 comments

  • A much respected motorcycle journalist who told it like it is. His reviews and articles were always held in the highest regard. Not only a knowledgable motorcyclist, but also approachable too. Happy to discuss his views and opinions with others on his website and not hide away. Kevin will be missed not only by his family but also by the many many motorcyclists he regularly influenced over the years. A sad and shocking loss.

    Report this comment

    On Two Wheels

    Friday, January 25, 2013

  • Sadly I didn't know Mr Ash personally, but I felt as though I did through his writings for Motorcycle News - in which he came across as witty, informed, and passionate about motorcycling. Rest in Peace, Kevin.

    Report this comment

    PC Plod

    Friday, January 25, 2013

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

The Stowmarket town sign.

One woman has been arrested on suspicion of assault and criminal damage following the incident last night.

Aerial shots of Ipswich Waterfront - courtesy of www.skycameast.co.uk

A deer that was trapped underneath a wooden structure near Ipswich Waterfront has been rescued.

An Abellio Greater Anglia train at Colchester

A number of trains – starting with the 16.00 Colchester Town to Colchester – have been terminated or cancelled this afternoon due to a member of train crew being unavailable.

The A14 near Stowupland

A crash involving two vehicles blocked the eastbound A14 at Stowmarket earlier this afternoon.

Trail makers are needed to keep an eye on the pigs during the summer months

Friendly faces are needed to greet visitors to Ipswich this summer and ensure the interactive Pigs Gone Wild trail is a success.

Firefighters from Colchester were called to a blaze on a boat.

Two fire crews from Colchester were called to a boat moored on the quay in the town after reports of a fire on Saturday morning.

Clacton lifeboat was launched during the drama at the pier.

All four emergency services were called to a drama on Clacton Pier on Friday afternoon when someone was seen sitting on the wrong side of the fence.

The site earmarked for 175 homes in Stowupland.

The approval of 175 homes on the edge of a Suffolk village has prompted fears that planning shortfalls highlighted in the decision could leave more communities at risk from “predatory” applications.

Mark Newton has been appointed the new chairman of Suffolk Coastal District Council

A district council has appointed its new chairman.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24