The Barry Sheene Tribute Ride is a memorial racing event that takes place annually to benefit cancer charities.
The event was established in honour of Barry Steven Frank Sheene, who was a famous and well-loved professional motorcycle racer from Britain.
Barry Sheene Tribute Ride, 2021 Dates, Bairnsdale to Phillip Island, VIC
Unfortunately, Sheene passed away from cancer in 2003. To keep his spirit alive, the Sheene family decided to put the event together while helping charities. The Sheene family is still widely involved in the planning of the Barry Sheene Tribute Ride, including his son Freddie, as well as his brother-in-law Paul Smart, who is also a former Grand Prix racer.
Close to 10,000 people have participated in the event since its inception, with people coming from all over Australia to participate. There is a small fee for riders and passengers, though the money all goes to a good cause.
Be sure to check out the calendar of events in Victoria before your visit to see if you can attend the Barry Sheene Tribute Ride while helping out charities in need.