Hello all, let me introduce myself. My name is Graham Paech and although i have never actually raced competitively, I have followed motorcycle racing since my father took me to our local circuit (Oulton Park) in the late 50's, when I was 8 or 9 years old. My favourite period was the 60's, the days of Hailwood, Read, Ivy and the short circuit scratchers like Minter, Shorey and Cooper. One of my favouite memories, although a few years later, was being on the Lake Esses at Mallory, when John Cooper won that terrific race with Ago.
The bikes too, back in those days were fantastic. True anything goes factory specials like the Honda Sixes and fives, Yamaha two stroke fours, MZ's and of course the fabulous MV Agusta's & Benelli's. All this before the FIM took the decision to limit the number of cylinders & gears. I consider myself very fortunate to have witnessed all of this first hand and feel sorry for those a little younger, who missed all this, although I am sure that they all have there own memories.
This season, I have finally managed to get out on the track. Parading my "Tommy Robb" replica Honda RC145 twin at classic meetings all over the UK including the Mallory Bike Bonanza and Donington Festival, Castle Combe Grand National, plus a season of parading with the Vintage Club (BHR) at their meetings.
I must say that I have really enjoyed the experience and plan to continue for a few years yet, all being well.
My favourite riders? 1) "Mike the Bike", 2) Jarno Saarinen, 3) Valentino Rossi.
Finally, all these years later, my father, who will be 90 years old in January, is still attending meetings, albeit just at Oulton Park nowadays. He still goes to all the bike meetings at Oulton, club or BSB.