[16] 3 Pies & 1 Souvlaki

Team Captain:  Gary McClure
Other Members:  Greg Barkla, Bob Bent, Peter Baker 
Aircraft:  C210
Gary McClure - Pilot

“3 Pies and 1 Souvlaki” Team

Gary McClure is a member of the Kyneton Aero club and has flown extensively across Australia with long-time friend Greg (a.ka. “1st Officer”) Barkla and their families. They have invited short time aviator, Bob Bent (a.ka. “2nd Officer”) and Peter Baker (a.ka. 1 souvlaki and chief Zorba the Greek dancing instructor) to join their team entry in the Outback Air Race 2012. This is our first Outback Air Race.

Gary learned to fly with the Kyneton Aero Club and gained his PPL in 1997. He gained his endorsement in the C210 a short time later at the Maryborough Aero Club. Gary has had over 500hrs 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.  Gary is a Civil Engineer and owns a Civil Construction Company with his twin brother Ian McClure.

Some of the many adventures we have had in this mighty aircraft are: we have twice flown from Castlemaine across to the Kimberley’s via Innamincka, Adel’s Grove and Katherine to Broome and Cape Leveque and home via Halls Creek and Alice. We have travelled to Cape York and Thursday Island via Windorah, Karumba and home via Cairns and a visit to Magnetic Island.  We have flown across to Karajini National Park via Forrest and Leonora and then down the WA coast to Margaret River and home across the Great Australian Bight via Esperance, Ceduna and Goolwa. SA.

Greg Barkla (a.ka. “1st Officer”)

The second pie, Greg Barkla. 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 events like the outback air race which raises money for a good cause. In 1990, I met my wife Christine, riding a bike from Perth to Melbourne raising Mental Health awareness and in 1991 and 1993; I rode a bike 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. I am very happy to be taking part in this event, raising money for the RFDS and having a ball at the same time.

Peter Baker (a.ka. 1 souvlaki and chief Zorba the Greek dancing instructor)

While not actually a pilot, I am very keen to support such a great cause. I have previously been involved in cycling events and fun runs raising monies for specific charities and look forward to doing the same here. I work for the Government in the finance area and understand the importance of raising funds especially when budgets are tight and there are many priorities that have to be met.  

Being the souvlaki of the group and sharing many adventures with one of the pies I look forward to the challenge of raising funds and the opportunity to be part of such an important event.

While I am not the pilot or the 1st officer or second officer I no doubt will be responsible for something important, maybe keeping the inside windows clean, updating face book, or keeping an eye out for the Red Baron.  I note I will be nowhere near the controls.............................probably a good thing.  

Please support our cause as our main priority is to raise monies for the RFDS but try and have fun doing so.

The Third Pie. Bob Bent is an absolute scaredy cat when it comes to flying, so what on earth is he doing committing to the Outback Air Race?

Apart from the obvious of joining the other Two Pies and 1 Souvlaki and enjoying the most magnificent adventure of a life time it the opportunity to raise money for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Bob started his own business in 1982 Laser Beams supplying Lasers to the construction industry where he met the First Pie and Pilot Gary McClure. In 2008 Bob amalgamated this business with four other Topcon dealers to form Position Partners and continues to supply Topcon GPS, Laser and survey products to various industries throughout Australia and PNG.

As a keen supporter of many charities and fund raisers over many years it is now time for Bob to put it out there to others to support the Royal Flying Doctor Service.