By now you may have heard the very sad news that Johnny Routledge died on Wednesday 5 January. You may have known him as 'Slowrider' on the Jockey Journal and elsewhere.
He was a gifted engineer, bike builder, photographer... and a very bright, enthusiastic, knowledgeable, sparky and entertaining individual.
He was the only other person with his own GKM business card and his contributions to the magazine over four years were always top quality, born of his passion for all the old gearhead stuff we love.
I am gutted he's gone, as are all the many friends he made across Europe.
RIP JR. 11.12.67 - 5.1.11.
UPDATE: Johnny's funeral will take place on Monday 17th January at 09.40 in the Carlisle Crematorium, to be followed by a gathering at The George Hotel, Penrith.
The family has asked that the different facets of Johnny's life be represented in the following way:
CSI colleagues to wear CSI uniform
Uniformed officers to wear their uniforms
Friends to wear bright clothing
There will be a motorcycle procession along the A6 from Stoneybeck roundabout, through Dalston to the Crematorium. Motorcyclists gathering just before 09.00, if you wish to join in.
The ceremony will be non-religious and a celebration of his life and what Johnny meant to everyone.
Photo: Adam Bolton for GKM