3 pies with sauce
Gary McClure (Pilot)
I am a member of the Kyneton Aero club and have flown extensively across Australia with long-time friend Greg (“1st Officer”) Barkla and their families. We have invited short time aviators, David and Lyn Mayo to join our team for this year’s event. This is our 2nd Outback Air Race having completed the 2012 race as “3pies and 1 souvlaki” in a Piper CA28.
I learned to fly with the Kyneton Aero Club and gained my PPL in 1997. I gained my endorsement in the C210 a short time later at the Maryborough Aero Club and now have over 700hrs flying time in the C210. The McClure family has owned the 1980 - Cessna 210N aircraft since new and the plane is kept at the Castlemaine Airport in Victoria. I am a Civil Engineer and have interests in a Civil Construction, Land Development and the “Old Castlemaine Gaol”
Greg Barkla (a.ka. “1st Officer”)
I’m very excited to be participating in my second outback air race. I started flying with Gary in 2005 on a family holiday to Moreton Island. Since then, we have covered all four corners of Australia and a lot of red sand in the middle. When I'm not flying around the countryside with Gary, I'm a handyman in Castlemaine, central Victoria.
I am no stranger to charity events like the Outback Air Race; in 1990, I met my wife Christine, riding a bike from Perth to Melbourne raising Mental Health awareness and by 1993; I had cycled twice across the Simpson Desert to raise money for the quadriplegic association. (How stupid!) For 10 years, I rode in a hospital fundraiser called the Murray to Moyne.
Let the FUNdraising begin!
I am the life and business partner of David, meeting at Pharmacy College many years ago through common ownership of FC Holdens.
Happily, pharmacy is in the past, travel and grandchildren are the future! Cooking is one of my passions so happy to be the “sauce” with 3 pies raising money for this wonderful organisation. I’ve only flown once with Gary but very confident of his abilities to get us to the right place at the right time, as I have known him from school days (he is my brother’s best friend!). We all holidayed together over Easter and Greg was 'the master' at keeping the camp fire burning, just not sure how those skills translate to this event!
I am recently retired from our Pharmacy businesses in the Albury area, and am now involved in property development which fortunately doesn't take up too much time, allowing us to travel as often as possible. Most of my travels involve mountains - either cycling up them or skiing down them On this trip I hope to avoid any close encounters with mountains. I have only flown with Gary once and we managed that. Our outback experiences have been on four wheels and have taken us through the centre and as far as Broome via the Kimberley. Very much looking forward to seeing the country by air and hopefully raising heaps of money for the RFDS.
Greg (Left) and Gary (Right), then Lyn and David