News 26 Jul 2011

AMCN's Sam Maclachlan pays tribute to the late Ken Wootton

The late Ken Wootton and Valentino Rossi, one of his favourites in world motorcycling.

The late Ken Wootton and Valentino Rossi, one of his favourites in world motorcycling.

Australian Motorcycle News editor Sam Maclachlan has remembered iconic motorcycle journalist Ken Wootton.

Maclachlan, who just recently celebrated AMCN’s 60th anniversary, holds Wootton in high regard and previously worked with the ‘Woose’ at AMCN in his early years of journalism.

“It is with great sadness that AMCN this morning learnt of the passing of ex-AMCN Editor, Ken Wootton,” Maclachlan wrote in a letter distributed on behalf of AMCN this morning.

“The ‘Woose’ was holidaying in Europe, where he passed away in his sleep on Sunday, 24 July in Czechoslovakia. Ken will be sadly missed across the motorcycling world, as his reach and achievements were enormous.

“He was the man who set AMCN on its successful modern course, sat in the editor seat at Motorcycle Trader, possessed an incredible motorcycling and Australian road-racing knowledge no-one can rival, helped many Australian road racers on their path to success and tested all genres of motorcycles.

“He achieved a lot in his too-short 57 years, and has left some massive shoes to fill. Everyone at AMCN is thinking of his sister Karen, and all those who knew the Woose.

“He was a real character of Australian Motorcycling and will be missed around the motorcycling world.”

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