Ron Farthing

Ron will be familiar to readers of Old Bike Mart. Indeed until recently his resident advertising spot on the top right hand side of OBM has been a familiar sight for the past 30 years or so.

Sadly, after a three-year battle with prostate cancer, Ron passed away at St Margaret’s Hospice, Taunton, on August 18.Ron kept riding up until recently. His motorcycle of choice would be a flat tank V-twin, while his trusted pre-war Speed Twin also did the rounds, having seen trips, to name but two, to the Dead Sea in Israel and Kosovo, where an intermittent backfire caused the locals some angst.

Here is a picture of him and sometime partner-in-crime Eric Patterson (with son-in-law Andrew Bennett on the right) on a trip to India some years ago.

Needless to say, the trip involved three days in the Delhi motorcycle market and the obligatory repatriation of several containers full of ex-WD gear!

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