Priceless helmet lost from park

THIS time of year is tough enough for Barry Payten.

Six years ago, his brother Marcus, one of Australia's brightest motorcycling prospects, died tragically riding a dirt bike near Toowoomba in 2003.

At the time, Payten was tipped to become the next Australian world champion in motorcycle racing and his sudden death shocked the entire racing community.

Barry and brother Colin had come together to remember Marcus on the weekend.

Ironically it is also a time which the brothers mark the anniversary of Colin setting the record for riding a bike from Sydney to London which has stood for 35 years.

One of the things which the bro- thers hold dear is Marcus's motorcycle helmet which he wore while racing. The black helmet, with flashes of purple, pink and yellow and the name Payten written in pink across the back, also has a major scrape on it on the back right-hand side where Marcus had hit the wall while racing in Suzuka, Japan.

On Sunday, someone took the helmet from the Drifters Caravan Park.

“The helmet has enormous per- sonal and sentimental value for our family and to me and I would dearly love for it to be returned,” a distraught Barry Payten said yesterday.

“I am willing to offer a reward if anyone would like to get in touch, and there will be no questions asked.

“It's a tough time of year for us around this time and I would just like to appeal to anyone who might know of the helmet's whereabouts to do the right thing.”

Barry Payten said the helmet could be dropped off at the Drifters Caravan Park anonymously or by contacting him via email at paytenracing@hotmail.com or phoning him on 0415 391 312.



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