I was reading the other day, for example, that Mick Doohan is now a fabulously wealthy business man who heads up several companies involved in real estate and money lending, and that his estimated worth is close to 100 million dollars (Australian I presume). When I read that I was a bit surprised, because making bags of money and being really successful in business after retiring from motorcycle racing haven´t always gone hand in hand. Or have I got this wrong?
I know Jim Redman, at one point, was doing exceptionally well, but then Jim has always had an eye for an opening, so that didn´t surprise me, while others, Readie being an example I think, haven´t been that successful.
I think though, generally speaking, most of the guys who made racing their life and mixed it near the top of the tree, have found it extremely hard to adjust to "civvy" life, as it were. Most seem to end up drifting aimlessly, reliving their past glories, which I can fully understand I might add, as normal life must seem like such an anti climax after the highs they experienced.
And racing isn´t alone in that regard. Boxing champions are famous for losing everything and ending up penniless. I recall meeting South Africa´s first ever boxing World Champion, the late great Vic Toweel on one occasion, just before he left to live in Australia, and when I asked him how he was getting on, I was shocked to learn he was broke and unemployed. Joe Louis was another, ending up greeting guests at the door of Caesar´s Palace casino. These stories are not unusual, and it got me wondering about the men from our sport.
Does anyone how our former top riders are doing?
Edited by ex Rhodie racer 2, 09 January 2010 - 13:17.