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#51 Russell Burrows

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Posted 22 October 2009 - 09:59

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How about this chap?

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It's Declan Doyle and his 88 Norton?

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#52 Rennmax

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Posted 22 October 2009 - 10:20

Not the easiest person to Google for!



take that one instead.....

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#53 kerrowmoar

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Posted 22 October 2009 - 12:20

It's Declan Doyle and his 88 Norton?

Correct :clap:

well done Russell

Its my father at the 1967 TT production race

Le mans style mass start

Still have that helmet at home,wouldnt fancy going down the shops wearing it let alone doing the island

Hardy men in those days




#54 fil2.8

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Posted 22 October 2009 - 12:28

Correct :clap:

well done Russell

Its my father at the 1967 TT production race

Le mans style mass start

Still have that helmet at home,wouldnt fancy going down the shops wearing it let alone doing the island

Hardy men in those days



Well , I never , I remember your father very well , with his extremely well turned out bikes .
I think I can recall dark green or blue leathers ??
Tell us more , please :up: :wave:

#55 Russell Burrows

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Posted 22 October 2009 - 12:35

I recall him on his proddy Norton at Brands...up there with the front runners. Weren't the leathers always red?

#56 kerrowmoar

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Posted 22 October 2009 - 15:35

Hi Russell and Fil2

Thanks for your interest.Fortunately Dad is still around and living in the same house as all those years ago,he retired a couple of years ago and is looking forward to his 70th birthday in February.Im just off the phone with him and he remembers a day out with Mrs Doyle to Lewis Leathers in Great Portland St in 1966 so its between him and"Yendor" who was the first(in the uk anyway).Although he couldnt swear to it he thinks they were 26 pounds and entry fees at the time were 30 shillings(whatever they are?).
It is indeed a norton 88 and i think he finished 9th.It was his first race on the island and i remember him telling me in practice how he was braking heavily for the sharp LEFT hander at Ballacraine(EEK!) when another rider swooped round beside him and darted off to the RIGHT,luckily dad had the prescence of mind to follow him and managed to scrape round.
We went to the brands round of the CRMC last year with a pal of mine whos gone back racing on a rob north triple so if you recognize the old boy give us a shout.


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Posted 22 October 2009 - 16:28

Hi Russell and Fil2

Thanks for your interest.Fortunately Dad is still around and living in the same house as all those years ago,he retired a couple of years ago and is looking forward to his 70th birthday in February.Im just off the phone with him and he remembers a day out with Mrs Doyle to Lewis Leathers in Great Portland St in 1966 so its between him and"Yendor" who was the first(in the uk anyway).Although he couldnt swear to it he thinks they were 26 pounds and entry fees at the time were 30 shillings(whatever they are?).
It is indeed a norton 88 and i think he finished 9th.It was his first race on the island and i remember him telling me in practice how he was braking heavily for the sharp LEFT hander at Ballacraine(EEK!) when another rider swooped round beside him and darted off to the RIGHT,luckily dad had the prescence of mind to follow him and managed to scrape round.
We went to the brands round of the CRMC last year with a pal of mine whos gone back racing on a rob north triple so if you recognize the old boy give us a shout.


Who's racing the triple K?

#58 kerrowmoar

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Posted 22 October 2009 - 17:05

Who's racing the triple K?


My mate Eanie Horan.Its a fully restored triple out of Richard Pecketts workshop and it is just sex on wheels.You could eat your dinner off it.

Some of you might remember Eanie from the Battle of The Twins in the late eighties?

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Posted 22 October 2009 - 17:24

My mate Eanie Horan.Its a fully restored triple out of Richard Pecketts workshop and it is just sex on wheels.You could eat your dinner off it.

Some of you might remember Eanie from the Battle of The Twins in the late eighties?


Thanks K. :up:

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Posted 25 October 2009 - 14:59

I vaguely remember the riders for the short-lived Heldun factory (anyone remember them?) wearing purple in the 1967-68 TTs. Or possibly it could have been the effects on my then 7 year old brain of inhaling too much Castrol R...

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Posted 26 October 2009 - 07:30

1968 TT, Nick Mayo 9th place with 50cc Heldun.

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Posted 05 November 2009 - 21:14

1968 TT, Nick Mayo 9th place with 50cc Heldun.

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In the 1911 Senior TT, Frank Philipp wore violet coloured leathers to match his works Scott.

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Posted 18 January 2010 - 13:26

Hello,

Ever since the "Black Friday" Classic race at the Isle of Man TT Races, I have wondered who was the first person to wear anything other than black motorcycle leathers. I am sure that somewhere I heard that Rod Scivyer was the first to wear some form of coloured leathers. Can anyone confirm this, or provide the answer as to who was the first?
:confused: :( :D

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Sorry fellas, it was I. Rod Scivyer did have a set of white leathers with a stripe. In 1968 I had the man at Highwayman make me a set of very patriotic leathers which were red, white and blue. The predominant colour was blue. Prior top this I wore black with a blue stripe on the arms. The next first was a full face Bell Star, which we were then the distributor for in UK. I think I christened the coloured leathers on the second outing.

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Posted 18 January 2010 - 13:36

Sorry fellas, it was I. Rod Scivyer did have a set of white leathers with a stripe. In 1968 I had the man at Highwayman make me a set of very patriotic leathers which were red, white and blue. The predominant colour was blue. Prior top this I wore black with a blue stripe on the arms. The next first was a full face Bell Star, which we were then the distributor for in UK. I think I christened the coloured leathers on the second outing.

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Sorry Brian but if your first "non all black" leathers were 1968 ( the year I had my white with red stripe leathers) then you were two years behind my white stripe leathers which were generally accepted then as the first non all black in the UK, which made the front page of the MCN :) when I used them for the first time at Castle Combe in '66

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#65 Russell Burrows

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 11:18

Stone, paper, scissors?

#66 Coupe Kawasaki

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 17:24

Stone, paper, scissors?



Well I had to make do with a well used set of Lewis ones that were for a two stone midget and they were black in '78 so that rules me out :rotfl:
20 quid too! I only threw them out a few years ago when mice had chewed them along with the blue Rivetts boots and the Barry Sheene gloves which didn't protect fingers at all.

Anyway, some of the schemes have been fun over the years and my favourite was the Aldana skellybones which he got banned from wearing :clap:


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Posted 19 January 2010 - 18:25

Sorry Brian but if your first "non all black" leathers were 1968 ( the year I had my white with red stripe leathers) then you were two years behind my white stripe leathers which were generally accepted then as the first non all black in the UK, which made the front page of the MCN :) when I used them for the first time at Castle Combe in '66


Well , Rod , I was at Castle Combe in '66 and saw you with the striped leathers , and also recall Chris Conn ( the 1st , to my knowledge to use the #7) , with a set with a large ' V ' on his back later in the same year :up:

#68 Russell Burrows

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 20:04

Yeah, it's Rod Roper for me too.
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Posted 20 January 2010 - 17:26

Rene Milhoux from Belgium was already wearing white leathers in the early 1930s

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Posted 20 January 2010 - 17:35

Rene Milhoux from Belgium was already wearing white leathers in the early 1930s



Welcome to the forum Ronald! :rotfl: Trump card guys? :wave: Maybe a photo of Rene somewhere guys?





David :D


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Posted 20 January 2010 - 17:48

Welcome to the forum Ronald! :rotfl: Trump card guys? :wave: Maybe a photo of Rene somewhere guys?





David :D


Yes , welcome from me also , Ronald :wave: Any advance on the 30's , gang !! :eek:

#72 Russell Burrows

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Posted 20 January 2010 - 17:57

In the 1911 Senior TT, Frank Philipp wore violet coloured leathers to match his works Scott.



There's always someone quicker....

#73 Coupe Kawasaki

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Posted 20 January 2010 - 19:42

There's always someone quicker....



With Cadbury's sponsorship no doubt? :wave:


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Posted 03 February 2010 - 15:36

Serafini is right. Like many things motorcycling -- disc brakes, tele forks, 4-valve heads and many more -- coloured leathers are far older than many folk imagine. In the 1911 Senior TT Frank Philipp claimed the fastest lap, but created almost as big a stir by riding in outlandish purple (not violet) leathers to match his Scott’s livery. I’ve no idea if this is a first for coloured leathers, but it’s far earlier than the other suggestions above.


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Posted 07 November 2010 - 23:35

Serafini is right. Like many things motorcycling -- disc brakes, tele forks, 4-valve heads and many more -- coloured leathers are far older than many folk imagine. In the 1911 Senior TT Frank Philipp claimed the fastest lap, but created almost as big a stir by riding in outlandish purple (not violet) leathers to match his Scott’s livery. I’ve no idea if this is a first for coloured leathers, but it’s far earlier than the other suggestions above.

Hi, I was just going to reply with the same info. I also seem to remember that an American,Jake de Rosier riding an Indian, wore a skin tight suit at the 1910 T.T. Dont know what the material was but he understood streamlining! In Sport, Rotrax. P.S. I think that from your tag and knowledge that you are Mac McDairmid, Ace snapper and author?

Edited by rotrax, 07 November 2010 - 23:39.