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#1 sharonsalle

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Posted 04 January 2011 - 17:43

I have been speaking with Asa Moyce today and he said that, although there has never been a change in Jimmy's condition, one of his nurses fell in love with him and married him - they are living happily somewhere on the Essex coast.

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#2 MickJones

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Posted 04 January 2011 - 17:49

Yes Sharon, I heard the same thing a while back. Best of luck to him, great bloke and got me out of trouble a few times, bike wise that is :rolleyes:

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Posted 04 January 2011 - 18:54

Definitely a top man and I hated what happened to him. I remember telling Eve that it was worse for her than me - she was never really a widow but might just as well have been. Still have very fond memories of some very happy times (and terrible hangovers)

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Posted 04 January 2011 - 19:01

Definitely a top man and I hated what happened to him. I remember telling Eve that it was worse for her than me - she was never really a widow but might just as well have been. Still have very fond memories of some very happy times (and terrible hangovers)

:drunk: I'm still in touch with Bill, Eve's first husband, sunning himself in Oz, lucky bugger.

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Posted 04 January 2011 - 19:36

I have been speaking with Asa Moyce today and he said that, although there has never been a change in Jimmy's condition, one of his nurses fell in love with him and married him - they are living happily somewhere on the Essex coast.



I am so surprised and happy that Jimmy is still with us. I've been away from racing for years, and always wondered what the outcome was. I was there on the day, and doubt that there has been a more tragic accident. Especially to such a nice bloke.

Thank you for posting nice news.

#6 sharonsalle

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Posted 04 January 2011 - 22:09

I am so surprised and happy that Jimmy is still with us. I've been away from racing for years, and always wondered what the outcome was. I was there on the day, and doubt that there has been a more tragic accident. Especially to such a nice bloke.

Thank you for posting nice news.


Asa reckoned that Jim will out live all of us !! Mick - very long shot I know but I don't suppose Bill has contact details for Eve - I would love to get in touch with her

#7 sharonsalle

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Posted 04 January 2011 - 22:11

I am so surprised and happy that Jimmy is still with us. I've been away from racing for years, and always wondered what the outcome was. I was there on the day, and doubt that there has been a more tragic accident. Especially to such a nice bloke.

Thank you for posting nice news.


Asa reckoned that Jim will out live all of us !! Mick - very long shot I know but I don't suppose Bill has contact details for Eve - I would love to get in touch with her

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Posted 04 January 2011 - 22:21

Thanks for that Sharon, nice news. :up:

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Posted 04 January 2011 - 22:23

Asa reckoned that Jim will out live all of us !! Mick - very long shot I know but I don't suppose Bill has contact details for Eve - I would love to get in touch with her

I'll check Sharon, I know she popped out there once with he husband/boyfriend but not sure if they keep in touch. Bill talks to Terry her brother though so he must have an address.

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Posted 05 January 2011 - 17:15

:wave: Hi Sharon, Bill doesn't have any details but he is getting in touch with Terry, he sends his regards too.

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Posted 06 January 2011 - 18:17

:wave: Hi Sharon, Bill doesn't have any details but he is getting in touch with Terry, he sends his regards too.



That's great news, fingers crossed. Send my best to Bill for me.

Many thanks
Sharon
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Posted 06 January 2011 - 21:08

I have been speaking with Asa Moyce today and he said that, although there has never been a change in Jimmy's condition, one of his nurses fell in love with him and married him - they are living happily somewhere on the Essex coast.


That's so nice to hear. Although I never met Jim, I knew of his reputation as a rider/tuner and all round good guy :)

In the early 80's, my road bike was a GPZ550 and Jim was racing a F2 P&M Kawasaki, so I always followed his results. Then, in one of those strange co-incidences, after I started racing, I found myself riding in the F2 class at club level in the late 80's with a Jim Wells tuned F2 engine, that I purchased from Mistral Engineering. In fact, I still have most of that engine in my garage. The crank alone, is a work of art - lightened, polished & balanced, I dread to think the hours that would have been spent on that alone. It's almost criminal to hide it away in an engine ! I've actually been searching for a while now, for a P&M F2 frame/chassis to put that engine in to and parade it, but without success so far.

Thanks for posting that news :up:

Mark.

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Posted 07 January 2011 - 10:43

Wonderful news, thanks for that Sharon. I often wondered how long Jim could have survived for but didn’t want to ask.

I knew Jim originally through his dad, Fred. After university I went to work in France for a childhood acquaintance, Mike Harper-Smith, who had a bike shop in his parents’ house at Guyancourt near Versailles, south-west of Paris. The shop was called Britannique Motos and Mike used to come to England with an old furniture lorry and fill it up with old British bikes to rebuild and sell in France. He also imported Dresda kits, which is how I got to know Dave Degens and get into frame making. One of Mike’s sources was the Wells shop, as well as Hamrax Motors in Kensal Rise where I worked in my hols. Mike and Fred had another passion, which was flying, and another link; they both imported the Russian Ural motorcycle and went across the Sahara together on them.

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I always associate Jim with Asa and Tony Osbourne; the three musketeers! They were all loyal customers of the P&M frame business, Asa being one of the first, and I owe them a great debt; they contributed greatly to the frame’s success.

edit: Ogbourne to Osbourne (silly me!)

Below is an article on Jim and Asa; I don’t know whether this was the year of Jim’s accident, if so the last two paragraphs are truly relevant.

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Sharon, please give Asa my regards when you next speak to him; I’ve sent you a PM with my email address to give him if you could – thanks.

Edited by pierrepeterpedro, 07 January 2011 - 17:56.


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Posted 07 January 2011 - 16:35

Jim also had some works Honda rides too ......
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#15 sharonsalle

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Posted 07 January 2011 - 16:54

Wonderful news, thanks for that Sharon. I often wondered how long Jim could have survived for but didn’t want to ask.

I knew Jim originally through his dad, Fred. After university I went to work in France for a childhood acquaintance, Mike Harper-Smith, who had a bike shop in his parents’ house at Guyancourt near Versailles, south-west of Paris. The shop was called Britannique Motos and Mike used to come to England with an old furniture lorry and fill it up with old British bikes to rebuild and sell in France. He also imported Dresda kits, which is how I got to know Dave Degens and get into frame making. One of Mike’s sources was the Wells shop, as well as Hamrax Motors in Kensal Rise where I worked in my hols. Mike and Fred had another passion, which was flying, and another link; they both imported the Russian Ural motorcycle and went across the Sahara together on them.

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I always associate Jim with Asa and Tony Ogbourne; the three musketeers! They were all loyal customers of the P&M frame business, Asa being one of the first, and I owe them a great debt; they contributed greatly to the frame’s success.

Below is an article on Jim and Asa; I don’t know whether this was the year of Jim’s accident, if so the last two paragraphs are truly relevant.

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Sharon, please give Asa my regards when you next speak to him; I’ve sent you a PM with my email address to give him if you could – thanks.



Hi Peter

Got your message and replied ! Just burst into tears - Wells' shop - brought back lots of memories, my old stomping ground !

#16 sharonsalle

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Posted 07 January 2011 - 19:09

Hi Peter

Got your message and replied ! Just burst into tears - Wells' shop - brought back lots of memories, my old stomping ground !



I am so chuffed about all these comments for Jimmy - just wish he was able to read them for himself.

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 20:39

I am so chuffed about all these comments for Jimmy - just wish he was able to read them for himself.

Give my regards to young Jim We had a few dices elbow to elbow in the late 60's when we both rode Honda CR110's amongst other bikes although we lost touch after I packed up in 1973 Did Jim suffer serious injury later?

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 22:41

Give my regards to young Jim We had a few dices elbow to elbow in the late 60's when we both rode Honda CR110's amongst other bikes although we lost touch after I packed up in 1973 Did Jim suffer serious injury later?


Arthur - Yes, sadly Jim had an accident at the Ulster GP in 1984 :cry:

Mark.

Edited by zxrman, 09 January 2011 - 12:34.


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Posted 09 January 2011 - 21:51

Early days

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Posted 09 January 2011 - 22:34

Ah yes those lovely lime green leathers!! :rolleyes:

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Posted 09 January 2011 - 22:46

Brands Hatch 1975.
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Last two @ Mallory Park 1975 & @ Snetterton 1976/77?

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Posted 10 January 2011 - 14:52

Brands Hatch 1975.
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Last two @ Mallory Park 1975 & @ Snetterton 1976/77?


Thanks for the great pics. S x

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Posted 11 January 2011 - 09:14

Thanks Sharon, nice Jim has his own thread going on here now. :up:

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Posted 17 January 2011 - 17:23

Hi Sharon, I PM'd you with Eve's Email address.