Part 1 Comments and Reviews

Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett  helped at Book Promotion

Peter Garrett, former front man for famous rock band Midnight Oil and now the Australian Federal Environment Minister, assisted in a promotion for Greg’s book at the opening of the new Fraser Motorcycles’ Store on Parramatta Road at Concord in Sydney on Saturday, November 15, 2008.

Greg was present from 9am to sign copies of the book based on 30 years of motorcycling experiences and was joined by Peter from 9.30am to 10.15am. After signing a few copies of ‘My Motorcycling Life’ he was given a tour of the new upmarket motorcycle store by Frasers’ Warren Lees and then joined Greg and Brendan Jones from WSFM on stage.

Peter, who had just finished reading Greg’s book the night before, spoke in glowing terms of Greg’s work with the homeless of Sydney’s West and of his new endeavour in writing down some of his experiences within the motorcycle lifestyle.

Peter and Greg have kept in contact since the early nineties when his former band Midnight Oil did a fundraiser to assist Brotherhood Christian Motorcycle Club and Anglicare in the development of services to homeless youth in the Parramatta region.

Reviews

“Motorcycling identity Greg Hirst used the Sydney Motorcycle Show to launch his new book … which retells the memorable moments of Hirst’s 30 years of riding and his involvement in Australia’s motorcycle community.”
Australian Motorcycle News, 14-27 November 2007

“It’s a great read!”
Pugsley, Editor of Live to Ride Magazine at the Sydney Launch, 2 November 2007

“An amazing life on the road … ‘My Motorcycling Life’ is an easy-to-read insight into his life.”
The Daily Telegraph Cars Guide, 15 December 2007

“This book chronicles all his years of enjoyment, pain and exhilaration that come from riding a motorcycle and living the lifestyle, from losing mates and motorcycles, to the joys experienced after successes in changing opinions, governments and unjust legislation.”
Live to Ride Magazine, December 2007

“The 2008 Silverwater Motorcycle Show saw the support of someone who could prove to be a great proponent of motorcycle awareness, Federal Opposition leaders Dr. Brendan Nelson, MP. An avid motorcyclist, Dr. Nelson was supporting the book launch of long time friend Greg Hirst. ‘My Motorcycling Life’ covers Greg’s extensive travels and adventures over more than 30 years.”
Australian Motorcycle News 6-19 February 2008

“Greg Hirst, known Australia-wide for his advocacy work through the motorcycle community and for the homeless, will sign copies of his book ‘My Motorcycling Life’ from 11am today at Harley Heaven.”
The Advertiser, Adelaide, Saturday, 29 March 2008

“…noted motorcycle activist Greg Hirst is celebrating his life in motorcycling with a new book. A committed Christian, Greg has been a driving force behind many of the large motorcycle safety and awareness campaigns, as well as having dedicated himself to a ministry among the riding population as well as the homeless. You may not know the name, but you’d recognise his touch. ‘My Motorcycling Life’ is full of anecdotes, some happy, some sad, but all touching on what it means to be a human and a motorcyclist. If you’re not afraid of a dose of truth amid the humour, then grab a copy. It’s worth a quiet few hours.”
Two Wheels Magazine, February 2008

“Sorry I could not be here in person for you to sign my copy of your book, but I am doing a rider training course that I organised as safety officer, with the local HOG chapter. I have been an avid motorcyclist since 1981 … I am an active member with HOG and the local Ulysses branch and I eat, sleep and breath motorcycles … I have followed your work throughout the years in the printed motorcycle press and I would like to thank you for all that you have done. I am looking forward to reading your book and it will be good to read about some local stories.”
Wobbly, Canberra, 16 February 2008

“Read a great book yesterday — yours — cover to cover in one day which is a miracle for me in itself … I’ve shared my favourite quote from the book with a few people. Given Trace works with disabled people this (was) very helpful — ‘You help because it is needed. Not because you think it will make a difference’.”
Neil Holman, lead singer ‘Subtlebric’ , 28 February 2008

“G’day Greg, just a note to let you know I thoroughly enjoyed your book. We share similar views on life, love and spirituality, albeit through different circumstances. Motorcycling brings all types of people together and your book illustrates this perfectly. It was my pleasure to ride down to Canberra to buy the book and have you sign it.”
Lindsay, Secretary Bikers Australia Young Branch, 22 February 2008

“Greg, I’ve just finished reading your book and really enjoyed it. It was wonderfully honest and straightforward, and I was sorry when I got to the end. Brought back great memories and got right to the core of what riding is all about … You are doing us proud. Keep up the good work, mate.”
Keith, Bungendore NSW, 26 March 2008

“… keep up the good work.”
Brian, Ringwood Harley Owners Group, 26 February 2008

“Thanks for the opportunity to read your book and share some of your life experiences. I enjoyed it a lot.”

 Harald Lindemann, MRA South Australia, 15 October, 2008.

” …the book is a great read and most importantly (as with Long Way Round/Down) can appeal to non-motorcycling enthusiasts. Have to confess, I wasn’t expecting it to be such a sentimental and engaging yarn-congratulations and I hope it gets the exposure it deserves.”

Tina Schiano, Procast Production and Casting Services, 15 October 2008.