Skate had previously promised to help Mal Bristow, a fellow member of the Australian CBX Owners Club in Perth, build a CBX racer and had been sending him parts for the project - only for Bristow sadly to pass away before it had even got started. "Mal's widow Val insisted on sending me everything he'd collected, and told me to build a bike in his memory, because it's what Mal had wanted to do himself," recalls Skate. "That's why his name's on the bike today, together with their family's freight forwarding firm, PowerHouse Clearances. The Beast wouldn't exist if not for them. Between Mal's collection of parts and my blown-up bike, we had enough to build one good racebike and a spare engine." A pair of shakedown club races with a lightly tuned motor taught Dibb how to ride the bike, but ground clearance problems with the stock frame and slick tires were an issue. However, help was at hand in the shape of American CBX guru Tom Marquardt, who brought his U.S.-spec bike over for the 2008 Island Classic and ended up crashing it, suffering injuries which necessitated a three-week stay for him and his wife as Skate family guests. In return for their hospitality, Marquardt insisted on taking Skate's stock CBX frame home with him, and modifying it to the same spec as his own CBX, an Endurance racer he built back in 1980, and has been racing successfully in the USA ever since.