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#1 Xover

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Posted 12 October 2011 - 12:07

Do you ever think back to the day and wonder what happened to guys you used to share the grid.. and the odd pint with? I was wondering if it might work to stick a few names on here and see if anyone knows the whereabouts of some riders of yore.
Then I realised that my memory is so crap, I can't even recall the names of most of them. Only a couple spring to mind right now. There was Jim Pearson. Always wore a massive sombrero on the TT grid. I think he opened a motor cycle shop in the midlands. Also a guy named Martin (Taylor I think) who converted a BSA bantam to rotary valve. It was called the Rota Bee. John Hudson and Neville Watts..both good CR93 pilots. Many more characters are lurking in the data bank. When they surface, I'll let you know. Meanwhile, maybe it'll work for you. Or if you think this is a rubbish idea just say so and I'll get me coat. :)

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#2 knickerbrook

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Posted 12 October 2011 - 13:17

A good idea :up: !

Barry.

#3 MickJones

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Posted 12 October 2011 - 14:49

It certainly worked for me, i'm in touch with Andy Key, Ricky McMillan, Nick Jury, Alf Mossell, Tony Green and Mark Strong through this forum which was helped along by Facebook which in turn put me in touch with Mark Quelch and Roger Abbott among others. The power of the internet can certainly shrink the globe a bit. :smoking:

#4 tonyed

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Posted 12 October 2011 - 16:55

We have an annual reunion which includes Graham Godward, Chris Curtis, Jim Chalkley (Greeves Oulton). I am off to Stafford at the weekend with Roger Jennings (who at the age of 9 million still races his Seeley and G50). Recently reacquainted with Mick Robinson. Still hear occasionally from Geoff Barr (nee Barstard) and Peter Clifford. Recently sold a tyre to Rogerez Abbott sunning himself down Espania way. :up:

As you say the web shrinks the world so we impoverished souls, still nose to the grindstone in Blighty, who weren’t good enough to retire to the sun on our winnings (?) can keep in touch with the glitterati. :confused:

If only I’d kept in touch with the blighter that still owes me 10 bob I’d be a rich man today, only I lent it to him in the Snetterton bar one Saturday night and I’m not sure which of the three blokes I was ‘focusing’ :stoned: on at the time was the culprit.

Edited by tonyed, 12 October 2011 - 16:57.


#5 picblanc

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Posted 12 October 2011 - 20:43

Only name not familiar with there is Roger Jennings, I envy you guys, even though I have enjoyed meeting a good few of you in recent years, thanks for the memories. :up:

#6 rotrax

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Posted 12 October 2011 - 21:54

Do you ever think back to the day and wonder what happened to guys you used to share the grid.. and the odd pint with? I was wondering if it might work to stick a few names on here and see if anyone knows the whereabouts of some riders of yore.
Then I realised that my memory is so crap, I can't even recall the names of most of them. Only a couple spring to mind right now. There was Jim Pearson. Always wore a massive sombrero on the TT grid. I think he opened a motor cycle shop in the midlands. Also a guy named Martin (Taylor I think) who converted a BSA bantam to rotary valve. It was called the Rota Bee. John Hudson and Neville Watts..both good CR93 pilots. Many more characters are lurking in the data bank. When they surface, I'll let you know. Meanwhile, maybe it'll work for you. Or if you think this is a rubbish idea just say so and I'll get me coat. :)

Bumped into Tim Maton in the Abingdon Tesco's the other day.

#7 picblanc

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Posted 12 October 2011 - 22:00

Bumped into Tim Maton in the Abingdon Tesco's the other day.

Another name from the past, bearded guy (back in the 70's) if I remember rightly?

#8 rotrax

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Posted 12 October 2011 - 22:26

Another name from the past, bearded guy (back in the 70's) if I remember rightly?

Thats him-used to ride Mathew Masons 350 Gold Star and Vincent twin in VMCC events after his club racing. He bought a house off Barbara and I and was a partner in Oxford Motorcycle Engineering.

Edited by rotrax, 12 October 2011 - 22:28.