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#601 basgreg

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 20:39

Thanks, I am finding my way about, slowly. 

There are a lot of great pictures on here. Its nice to see that one of my childhood heroes was real, not just a family story. I feel that I missed out though, just a little too young to have been there. I couldn't have been older than seven or eight when I saw Andy's Erlich bike in the garage, it seemed huge. 

on a purely selfish level this topic is absolutely fantastic. Its making me miss my old Gamma, its making me want to ride a 2 stroke again (even though I am far too tall), its making me want to research the riders, engineers and races. Glad I found this site.

Cheers.



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#602 picblanc

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 20:46

Possibly Colin, not sure myself?



#603 bella

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Posted 18 March 2014 - 18:29

Wil Hartog Silverstone 1978.

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Photo Copyrighted to Graham Etheridge.


That's a great pic of Hartog, those years of 78 / 79 when Wil raced a lot in England were perhaps my favourite, he did ok for a guy weighing 3 or 4 stone more than Roberts, Sheene etc etc, apparently he still uses his 79 season leathers when doing classic meetings which is pretty good going isn't it.

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Posted 18 March 2014 - 23:09

There's a bell ringing that at a Cadwell (I think) meeting Wil was interviewed after a race and he donated his winnings to the recently bereaved Mrs John Williams



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Posted 18 March 2014 - 23:13

There's a bell ringing that at a Cadwell (I think) meeting Wil was interviewed after a race and he donated his winnings to the recently bereaved Mrs John Williams

 

 

Indeed he did , but , like you not sure if it was at Cadwell , but when he raced in the UK on the ' Works ' Suzukis he had the general measure of Sheene  :up:



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Posted 18 March 2014 - 23:39

Could have been Brands I guess, too late in the day to dig through my programmes  :yawnface:

 

He did have to larrop the brakes on at Cadwell on the start/finish straight due to an ambulance on the track  :eek:



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Posted 19 March 2014 - 11:22

It was definitely Brands, after he'd won the double points superbike race, he was on fire in those late season road circuit GPs and carried that form into the british meetings where he managed a few wins at new circuits including Olivers Mount which I thought was especially good.

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Posted 19 March 2014 - 19:13

I have a photo from 78(??) at the Mount with Hartog/Sheene/Parrish exiting Mount Side!!

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Posted 19 March 2014 - 19:24

You'll have to get it on here for us all to admire, we were going to the mount that day but our mini bus broke down on a moor somewhere yon side of Guisborough, that was bad enough but because of the horrible weather we were stuck inside until some of our friends saw us on the way back and towed us home.
I'd been looking forwards to seeing Hartog at the Mount for weeks and that was a massive disappointment.

Edited by bella, 19 March 2014 - 19:25.


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Posted 19 March 2014 - 19:57

Will have to 'photo' the photo n get some tutoring as how to post it!!!!
Hartog on "works" RG same as Sheene sporting #3.....

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Posted 12 June 2014 - 14:02

Hi, Just been the viewing all these fantastic photos by Graham Etheridge, I found these forums by accident

when looking for photos of Crystal Palace between 68-71. Am I correct in assuming that Graham is picblanc?

 

If so, Graham, were you around the Palace during this period?

 

I made an entry under “The Crystal Palace” forum hoping to find anybody who could remember the photographer at these events.

 

Jim.


Edited by Jim77, 10 September 2014 - 12:01.


#612 picblanc

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Posted 12 June 2014 - 14:50

Hi Jim, no sorry not me, thanks for your comments on my photos, I never got to Crystal palace when it was a track. I was just a wide eyed spectator not "official" photographer back in the 70-90's, hope you find something, I have a book about racing at the Palace I will look & see if any names of photographers are in it?



#613 Jim77

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Posted 12 June 2014 - 21:49

Hi Graham,

Thanks for speedy reply, i've been looking through the rest of the forums and amazed

how many photos you've uploaded.

Do you have count as to the total number you've taken since starting?

What other sought of subjects do you take (curious).

 

I'm sure you been thanked many times but thanks again for enabling

me and others to enjoy your work.


Edited by Jim77, 10 September 2014 - 13:03.


#614 picblanc

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Posted 12 June 2014 - 22:06

Your very kind, Motorcycle racing there are hundreds, not sure exactly how many but a lot!!, & a couple of hundred I have still not put on to pc, I rarely go racing now, last one was BSB 2010, I like to live with my memories now. I used to do music gigs mostly clubs & pubs but occasional bigger venues when I get a pass & still do a few now.



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Posted 13 June 2014 - 12:35

.......... a couple of hundred I have still not put on to pc ...............

:eek: ! 

Now you've got us all drooling  :lol:!



#616 picblanc

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Posted 13 June 2014 - 16:37

They are the not so good or not well known sort of pics, to be honest I have forgotten how to do scanning etc its been so long since I have done any! :well:



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Posted 14 June 2014 - 16:53

"Not so good or not well known" are the ones I like the most!

(Sums up my racing career  :lol: !).



#618 picblanc

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Posted 14 June 2014 - 17:06

WHEN I SAID NOT SO GOOD, I MEAN THE PICTURES NOT SO GOOD, NOT ALLUDING TO THE RIDERS ABILITY! :D



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Posted 14 June 2014 - 18:08

Yep, I knew that's what you meant!

But what you rate as your "second rate" pictures, would probably equal best quality for most of us :lol: !



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Posted 06 August 2014 - 13:28

Hello Graham,

 

Did you manage to have a look at your Crystal Palace book for photographers?

 

I'm not sure whether it was clear in the Crystal Palace topic but thank you for putting the photo up.

 

Regards

Jim.


Edited by Jim77, 10 September 2014 - 12:05.


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Posted 06 August 2014 - 17:08

HI JIm, sorry I had forgotten :well: but here are names, some might be car photographers as book is history of The Palace 4 & 2/3 wheels, but here goes,

Geoffrey Goddard, David Hodges, Nick Nicholls, Fred Scatley, Chris Harvey, Peter Hull, Trevor Morgan & Peter Tempest.



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Posted 06 August 2014 - 21:19

On the subject of photographers.

I the early sixties I can remember a photographer with a Leica that had carried big cassettes of 35mm film with a 100 or so exposures.

I met him when marshalling at Druids. He made it his business to photograph just about every rider at the meeting. I think his name was Thorpe.( I could be very wrong )

Does anybody remember him?



#623 picblanc

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 21:35

I wonder who has his archive now? or is it sitting in an old attic somewhere?



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Posted 14 August 2014 - 18:55

Graham, can I pick your brains regarding the B/W photo, what sought of camera equipment and settings

would the photographer used to get the shot in 1971?


Edited by Jim77, 10 September 2014 - 12:07.


#625 StanN

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Posted 15 August 2014 - 15:37

Yes it was Len Thorpe who used to take photos at the various circuits in the 60s. I still have a few, mostly at Snetterton as that was where I used to get most entries accepted. I think he used to go to the National meetings as I don't remember him at Bemsee races, and these were the majority of races I did at Brands. I also do not have anything from Mallory but that may be because I think most (all?) of those races were Clubman's events. I raced in the UK from 63 to 67 before emigrating to Canada.

His address on the back of the photos from the time was 94 Bow Lane, Finchley, London, N12

I wonder if his archive still exists.

Stan



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Posted 17 August 2014 - 14:09

As you probably seen I’ve been looking for the name of a photographer around 60’s &70’s.

“Drumwrecker” mentioned the name “Thorpe” so I started searching, found a few names which I've emailed, some haven’t replied for one reason or other.  

 

Then “StanN” said the name was “Len Thorpe”, of again searching found that Len use to attend cycle and motor events in the 50’s I was getting a bit worried that he might be too old for my meeting in 1971 at Crystal Palace. The shots I’ve seen of the cycle & motor seem similar to my photo.

Unfortunately the Len I found died on the 20th July 2009 aged 74.

 

I have yet to confirm if he was an active photographer at the 70’s motorcycle events. If this is the person what has happened to the archive of historical photo’s he must have produced. Is there a family member  who has them in their loft? Len was a member of a photography club for 50 years; I’ve just emailed the secretary of the club, as yet, no response.

 

In the process of searching I found an interesting connection between Max Poultney and Steve McQueen

at the following site http://www.sidcupmot...ax_poultney.htm, this also has an interesting fact because the  Sidcup MCC use to run its events where Brands Hatch is located. I didn't know, perhaps a lot of memebers do!

 

Please note: - The above link may give the impression the email was to me, actually it was to

                        Jamie Clarke, Webmaster, Sidcup DMCC.


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#627 Jim77

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Posted 04 September 2014 - 13:15

Hello Stan,

 

Just read your message again, must have missed it the first time you said "I still have a few".

Would it be possible to see them?

 

The secretary of the photographic club was very helpful saying that some members remembered

he had an interest in motorcycles. Unfortunately, no one can say that Len was the author of the photograph; most of the oldies have gone to the photographic heaven. The secretary did say "when their season starts it may get talked about and maybe...maybe".

 

Jim.