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#51 MichaelJP

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Posted 11 March 2003 - 13:41

Sad news, indeed, though he did seem to have an admirable attitude to his terminal condition.

Remembering happier times, someone already mentioned the famous incident when he gave two fingers to Kenny Roberts Snr after passing him through Copse at Silverstone. I always remember Murray Walker's comment to the effect that Barry had the cheek to "wave" at Kenny:)

I always wondered if Murray really did think he was waving!

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#52 bill moffat

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Posted 11 March 2003 - 13:52

Originally posted by Vitesse2


Yes, I saw that one, but of course it's only available to subscribers .....

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so bloody sad - but just look at them...what ever grand old age us mortals reach I suspect that, to a man, we would gladly swap our score to have experienced the rollercoaster of Barry's 52 or James' 45 years.

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Posted 11 March 2003 - 14:20

Whilst I was immersing myself in Grand Prix motor racing during the mid-seventies, most of my classmates were more entranced by bike racing. I therefore cannot claim any in-depth knowledge of motorcycle racing, but in my memory one name stands out as an icon for that period in that sport.

RIP Barry Sheene

#54 Ray Bell

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Posted 11 March 2003 - 20:17

When he settled in Australia he quickly became the subject of Shell's attention... and Shell or the TV networks associated him with Dick Johnson's Shell-backed touring car team.

Dick and Barry did TV ads together, and one became pretty well known. They were set in a service station and Barry was raiding the 'Shell Shop' as Dick was trying to pay for whatever he picked up. Barry would keep saying, "...and one of these, and one of these..." as Dick became more and more frustrated with it all. Obviously they were demonstrating the wide range of goodies available in the Shell Shops.

Anyway, it came to a point where Barry paused for breath, and Dick said, "Anything else, Barry, maybe a sock?"

It was very well put over, even though you don't normally expect to see a racing driver go to a servo in his driving suit. Later, during a Bathurst telecast, disc jockey cum joker Doug Mulray was doing a skit part that filled a little time between the early morning beginning and the start of the race. He went on a televised inspection of the garbage bins behind the various competitors' pits.

At the Johnson bin he reached in and pulled out... a sock!






For those who haven't realised yet, or whose native language doesn't relate to the common expression 'put a sock in it', this was a means of telling Barry to shut up.

#55 rdrcr

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Posted 12 March 2003 - 01:55

FYI

I wrote to the operators of the Barry Sheene website to pay my respects and to tell them of the nice memoriam underway here in TNF.

I have just received this reply:



Richard,

Thank you for your kind words. I will be sure to pass them onto the family. I just thought I would inform you that for all Barry fans we are putting together a tribute......

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RPM, on your home of Motorsport Network TEN. On air Sunday March 16th: 1.30pm - 3.00pm *90 minute special*

RPM DEDICATES FIRST EPISODE TO BARRY SHEENE

RPM pays tribute to our mate and colleague, the 'unbelievable' Barry Sheene. Bill Woods and Daryl Beattie will chronicle Barry's commitment and contribution to world bikes and focus on his amazing character.

Please see www.rpmlive.tv for more details
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Regards,

Jane



Their email address if you wish to do the same: Bsheene@networkten.com.au
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#56 Vitesse2

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Posted 12 March 2003 - 14:48

Motor Cycle News have produced an excellent memorial issue for Barry Sheene, with a 24-page review of his career as a supplement to their usual weekly coverage. Recommended :up:

And continuing Ray's TV theme ISTR that in the mid-90s there was a storyline in "Neighbours" which included some racing (or at least testing somewhere) and featured Bazza as himself. (NO - I'm not a Neighbours fan, but my ex-wife watched it!)

#57 Ray Bell

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Posted 12 March 2003 - 20:12

That would have been at the ever-marvellous Calder...

I don't think I saw it, never watch Neighbours nor is it watched in my home, but I think somebody bounced across it while changing channels. Didn't know Barry was involved...

There was a prompt for RPM, or I think it was RPM where Barry was heard saying "...that's a major, major, major shunt..." over some poor competitor biting the dust somewhere.

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Posted 13 March 2003 - 07:44

Originally posted by Ray Bell
When he settled in Australia he quickly became the subject of Shell's attention... and Shell or the TV networks associated him with Dick Johnson's Shell-backed touring car team.

Dick and Barry did TV ads together, and one became pretty well known. They were set in a service station and Barry was raiding the 'Shell Shop' as Dick was trying to pay for whatever he picked up. Barry would keep saying, "...and one of these, and one of these..." as Dick became more and more frustrated with it all. Obviously they were demonstrating the wide range of goodies available in the Shell Shops.

Anyway, it came to a point where Barry paused for breath, and Dick said, "Anything else, Barry, maybe a sock?"

It was very well put over, even though you don't normally expect to see a racing driver go to a servo in his driving suit. Later, during a Bathurst telecast, disc jockey cum joker Doug Mulray was doing a skit part that filled a little time between the early morning beginning and the start of the race. He went on a televised inspection of the garbage bins behind the various competitors' pits.

At the Johnson bin he reached in and pulled out... a sock!

For those who haven't realised yet, or whose native language doesn't relate to the common expression 'put a sock in it', this was a means of telling Barry to shut up.


Yes, I remember that one! What a laugh!

I think what endeared Barry to us Aussies was that he was happy to send himself up (laugh at himself) which is a natural past time here. He was certainly a colourful commentator and was forthright with his opinion - whether you agreed with it or not. He will be missed.

#59 smithy

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Posted 14 March 2003 - 03:52

That ad must have been on the TV at least five years ago if not longer.

Even today in our house, the standard reply to "Need anything from the shop?" is.....

"Yeah, a sock."


RIP.

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Posted 29 November 2003 - 11:03

Rather belated I know, but I just found this amongst my slides, as usual while looking for something completely different. Taken during practice for the BTCC race supporting the 1985 British GP.

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RIP Barry :cry:

#61 philippe7

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Posted 01 December 2003 - 07:44

Thanks a lot Dolomite

Any Barry Sheene fan out there that can read french? Please take a look at this webpage
http://www.bike70.co...OMMAGEPhil.html
wich tells about my meeting with him and my visit to his house....
this will also explain what my username relates to .

Long time gone....

Edited by philippe7, 22 May 2009 - 01:46.


#62 dolomite

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Posted 01 December 2003 - 18:02

Great story Philippe, thanks! :clap:

#63 eldougo

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Posted 02 December 2003 - 08:03

:wave:

Barry is still in our thoughts ,below is an artical about the first winner of the BARRY SHEENE MEDAL.
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The inaugural Barry Sheene medal was presented to newly crowned V8 Supercar Series champion Marcos Ambrose at the official championship awards ceremony.

Following on from the spectacular, high-profile conclusion to the 2003 series at Eastern Creek Raceway on Sunday, the who's who of the Australian motorsport industry gathered for the presentation of the annual awards, held at the Westin Hotel in Sydney.

Ambrose's Stone Brothers Racing team topped off a fantastic season by taking home six awards, including that for champion team, and the prestigious Barry Sheene medal, awarded for the first time by the media, who voted after each round of the series, awarding points for outstanding leadership, sportsmanship, fan appeal and personality.

AVESCO Chairman Tony Cochrane said that the award was a fitting tribute to the former 500cc motorcycling world champion, who moved to Australia's Gold Coast and became a popular member of the Australian racing scene in his role as commentator and advisor.

"Barry Sheene was a highly valued supporter and contributor to the V8 Supercar family, who himself had an extremely successful career," Cochrane said before the award was handed to Ambrose, "It seemed logical and right to name an award in his honour that represented all that he was - I don't think Barry could have come up with a more fitting winner who truly shows all the great qualities the medal represents."

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