About Olly Downie

60 years old, 3 adult kids, 1 tolerant girlfriend, twice divorced, bloke.

I run my own company, specialising in the fitout of corporate office interiors. Go to http://www.downiecommercial.com.au

I’ve been in the building industry for over 40 years now. I’ve built houses, schools, units, commercial developments, restaurants, medical suites and shops.

My love of motorcycling has spanned 40 years. I still have a shed full of bikes, probably too many as I can barely move in there. I’m in the process of putting another shed in my yard so the term “too many” will no longer apply

I have a Victory Hardball touring bike and a 1974 750cc Honda 4 chopper. There is a 1976 Honda Goldwing that has been mildly customised, without being ruined and a 1982 Honda Goldwing with 4800 miles on the clock which is, as you can imagine, in pretty good condition. I’ve owned a lot of bikes over the years.

I have a bit of a passion for writing. I once had a page in the Sunday Age “Tool time with Olly Downie”. That lasted until a celebrity chef was given the space. I then wrote a column in Heavy Duty magazine called Victory Speech. That went for 4 years, on and off. I also wrote articles and reviews for that magazine. I am very busy with the work side of my life. I’m not yet ready to retire and the work is still coming at a steady pace.

I am fortunate enough to be on the Housing Industry Australia  Home of the Year judging panel. I share that honour with “Pauly” Paul Howes. We have known each other for 42 years having met as club members of our respective motorcycle gangs, we did trade school together, travelled to Victoria together, lived together, worked together and generally shared our lives together. He is that one mate that will be forever “me best mate”

I’ve had other business interests over the years, mostly successful. I just run the building company now and occasionally ride the bikes. Aching hips and wonky knees preclude too much vigorous adventure but I havent lost the passion yet, the need for exploring new things is still alive and well.

The rest of the story may or may not be told on this blog. lets just see what happens…


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