'Larrikin biker' now moving on to fast food

Former international motorcycle racer Graeme  Crosby (58) takes a closer look at a 1974 Kawasaki 900 Z1, one of the world's first great superbikes and the model he raced early in his career. Photo by Craig Baxter.
Former international motorcycle racer Graeme Crosby (58) takes a closer look at a 1974 Kawasaki 900 Z1, one of the world's first great superbikes and the model he raced early in his career. Photo by Craig Baxter.

What are the odds former international motorcycle racer Graeme Crosby might move on from such high-speed pursuits to something a bit more sedate, like dreaming up a new cookbook?

Not great, you might say.

But, in fact, that is exactly what he is doing.

Mr Crosby, who lives at Matakana, north of Auckland, was in Dunedin yesterday, giving two public talks at the Otago Museum about his stellar racing career.

These talks were linked to the museum's popular ''REVolution: 100 Years of Motorcycles'' show, which has already attracted more than 50,000 visitors.

Mr Crosby previously wrote an autobiography, titled Croz: Larrikin Biker, which has proved popular, selling about 13,500 copies since being published in 2011.

These days he runs a motorcycle restoration business and is a keen cook.

And yesterday he confirmed that, yes, after the success of his autobiography he was working on a cookbook.

But this will be a work of the distinctly high octane variety, with a particularly strong motorsport flavour and recipes linked to celebrated racing circuits throughout the world.

''I have in fact just started it. I want to call it Fast Food,'' he said with a smile.

One dish could well be ''Phillip Island Pie'', based on the celebrated motorcycle racing circuit near Melbourne.

Phillip Island is also home to more than a few penguins and he joked that penguin might just be among the pie's ingredients.

He was a member of a male cooking group at Matakana, which held cooking sessions at various localities, he said.

Cookbooks written by men were usually produced by chefs.

His book would be different. It would not be written by a chef, but presented in a way that would appeal to men with a strong interest in motorsport.

Otago Museum organisers had done ''a great job'' with the motorcycle exhibition, and he had also enjoyed the interactive exhibits.

The free show runs until February 16.

john.gibb@odt.co.nz

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