The Wayne Gardner Story film hits streaming platforms
June 24, 2021
This is the Wayne Gardner Story.
Wayne – otherwise known as the ‘Wollongong Whizzkid’ – went from a boy riding around his hometown on a five-dollar dirt bike to become the 1987 World Motorcycle Grand Prix Champion and a national icon.
This brilliant film from 2018 uses interviews with Wayne, his rivals, family and friends to paint a colourful portrait of one of the hard-men of 500cc Grand Prix racing.
It’s available to stream after June 7 from the likes of Google Play and Apple TV.
As a child Bertie (well, Robert back then… blame his sister for the nickname) was exposed to motorcycles thanks to his uncles. They would show up at his house with a lovely lady as pillion throughout the 1970s and 1980s.
After a naughty time on field bikes (it’s what we did back then) Bertie passed his test in the early 1990s and became a reporter for MCN in 1995, moving to the sports desk and covering World Superbikes in 1996.
With a change to Bike Magazine in 1997, he stayed until 2000 as news, features and road test editor. Moving into PR with Cosworth, Bert was bored with cars and returned to bikes in 2001 with Two Wheels Only, becoming editor in 2002 and leaving to be freelance at the end of 2004.
With almost a decade freelancing, Bertie joined Mortons in 2013 and became editor of Classic Motorcycle Mechanics, a post he’s desperately clung to, to this day. And no, he’s never had a pretty girl on the back of his bike.