Posted by Walter Williams on June 22, 1998 at 22:36:58:
I had meet Erold via the Internet about 9 months ago when he first joined the GWRRA of Australia Inc and had sent his email address in with his application. Erold and I sent messages to each other leading up to the Annual Convention in Albany this year and I told him that I was looking forward to finally meeting him and Leonard Teal (his GoldWing).
After seeing Leonard it came as no surprise that Erold won the Hawk Lofhelm Trophy for Best Overall GoldWing at the Convention.
We later joked about next year in Queensland because I had previously won the trophy and Erold wanted to know what I had on my bike. After a lot of good natured jokes about airconditioning, colour TV's (he told me he was having one fitted) and spa pools (typical GoldWing talk) he told me he was going to the USA and I wished him luck.
I was in America in Provo, Utah strangely enough attending a funeral when my wife called at about 1.30am to tell me that Erold had died.
Sorry mate, it will be a while now before we get to compare bikes but I'm really going to miss lining my Wing up against Leonard Teal with you in the saddle. It would have been great fun. The GWRRA of Australia Inc will miss you.
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