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#1 antony duprat

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Posted 21 May 2007 - 08:34

A great man is passed this Sunday, at 71 old...I can't forget him and the marvellous and tragic film about him the others guys of this périod. My english is not so good to give him an homage, and his career is so long and various that i propose you this thread beetwen the 2 motorcycle periods other threads. I have few images in various revues...it's my modest remember.
RIP Jack... :cry:

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#2 antony duprat

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Posted 21 May 2007 - 08:40

Hockenheim 1967: Jack with Cooper, Shorey, Williams and Carruthers
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Imola 200 1978
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#3 Frank Verplanken

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Posted 21 May 2007 - 09:26

:( :cry: Very sad news... Best thoughts to Nanou...

#4 eldougo

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Posted 21 May 2007 - 09:30

They mentioned about his passing last night during the MotoGP from France.And after the race they had a segment about JACK ,but i missed it only found out today would of been good to see. RIP . JACK.

#5 Bjorn Kjer

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Posted 21 May 2007 - 10:04

:( Very sad indeed , he was one of my favorites ,one of many truly great drivers of that time !


PS Great pictures!

#6 zoff2005

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Posted 21 May 2007 - 10:07

The film that Antony referred to was called "Continental Circus" - it was very good and well worth trying to find.

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#7 Paul Rochdale

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Posted 21 May 2007 - 10:33

I believe No15 is John Blanchard and not Dan Shorey who rode with a plain white helmet.

#8 antony duprat

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Posted 21 May 2007 - 11:21

Jack rode on a very impressive sort of marques in all the categories :(not in order) Maico, DKW, Yamaha, Suzuki, Matchless, Norton, AJS, Linto, Aermacchi, Jada, Seeley, Bultaco, Bridgestone, Mondial, Cardani and maybe some others
Here the Jada périod
http://www.ozebook.c...ndium/t5029.htm

#9 antony duprat

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Posted 21 May 2007 - 11:29

http://www.bonhuil.com/Findlay.html
an homage from France...

#10 philippe7

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Posted 21 May 2007 - 12:19

Originally posted by antony duprat
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A very rare photo of Jack with a full-face helmet on.....he favored the cromwell, then "jet" style almost until the end....

I don't have my files at hand, but from memory I believe this 1978 Imola 200 was Jack's last race, wasn't it ? I seem to remember he had a very bad fall there in which he suffered severe injuries and decided to finally call it a day ........

edit : or maybe this accident was at Le Castellet , the same year .....

#11 ex Rhodie racer

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Posted 21 May 2007 - 12:39

Originally posted by philippe7


A very rare photo of Jack with a full-face helmet on.....he favored the cromwell, then "jet" style almost until the end....

I don't have my files at hand, but from memory I believe this 1978 Imola 200 was Jack's last race, wasn't it ? I seem to remember he had a very bad fall there in which he suffered severe injuries and decided to finally call it a day ........

edit : or maybe this accident was at Le Castellet , the same year .....


Philippe, it was indeed in Imola. In fact, Jacks heart actually stopped beating and Í believe a doctor amongst the spectators managed to revived him.
RIP Jack. Gone but never forgotten

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Posted 21 May 2007 - 13:28

Yes just seen the sad news on Teletext. Met Jack a couple of times during my Continental Circus sojourns and he was very personable talked to me about his McIntyre Matchless once I remember.Our heroes sadly pass on.

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Posted 21 May 2007 - 14:01

Originally posted by antony duprat
A great man is passed this Sunday, at 71 old...I can't forget him and the marvellous and tragic film about him the others guys of this périod. My english is not so good to give him an homage, and his career is so long and various that i propose you this thread beetwen the 2 motorcycle periods other threads. I have few images in various revues...it's my modest remember.
RIP Jack... :cry:

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Nice one Antony, well done.

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Posted 21 May 2007 - 15:04

Originally posted by antony duprat
A great man is passed this Sunday, at 71 old...I can't forget him and the marvellous and tragic film about him the others guys of this périod. My english is not so good to give him an homage, and his career is so long and various that i propose you this thread beetwen the 2 motorcycle periods other threads. I have few images in various revues...it's my modest remember.
RIP Jack... :cry:

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I also echo the sentiments you have here, Antony. He epitomised the Continental Circus and was a great rider and will be sorely missed. He was involved in racing almost to the end which is always nice to see.

#15 philippe7

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Posted 21 May 2007 - 17:31

.....Think I'm going to blow the dust off the old VCR and search for my "Continental Circus" VHS tape this evening ;)

#16 ex Rhodie racer

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Posted 21 May 2007 - 19:34

Originally posted by philippe7
.....Think I'm going to blow the dust off the old VCR and search for my "Continental Circus" VHS tape this evening ;)


Philippe, is there such a thing as a DVD version of Continental circus? I haven´t seen it and would love to buy a copy. If there is, do you know where I could get one?

#17 antony duprat

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Posted 21 May 2007 - 20:32

Originally posted by ex Rhodie racer


Philippe, is there such a thing as a DVD version of Continental circus? I haven´t seen it and would love to buy a copy. If there is, do you know where I could get one?

Actually i think no : But, in France, we insist to have it.
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Posted 21 May 2007 - 20:44

Originally posted by philippe7


A very rare photo of Jack with a full-face helmet on.....he favored the cromwell, then "jet" style almost until the end....

I don't have my files at hand, but from memory I believe this 1978 Imola 200 was Jack's last race, wasn't it ? I seem to remember he had a very bad fall there in which he suffered severe injuries and decided to finally call it a day ........

edit : or maybe this accident was at Le Castellet , the same year .....


an other pic with the full-face helmet
http://www.bonhuil.c...1972_350cc.html

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Posted 22 May 2007 - 06:16

I had a look at the issue of "Moto-Revue Classic" from a few years back, from which the 1978 Imola picture posted by Antony was scanned . It features a long interview of Jack in which he explains the circumstances of his quitting of racing . He fell heavily at this Imola 200 race, was indeed rescuscitated at trackside by a young Dr Costa ( so Jack says ) after about three minutes of "clinical death" , stayed in a coma for five days afterwards and evidently suffered some brain damage that he never fully recovered from. He said he went to the Paul Ricard 200 a few weeks later, but was totally without balance, couldn't lean the bike properly, and the seriousness of his situation was so evident that after the first practice sessions, François Chevallier, the Paul-Ricard boss, offered to pay him his starting money on the condition that he would stop riding and go back home ! Jack says that he then insisted on going to the TT , but that he was sleeping 22 hours a day and had to be woken up in time for the practice sessions and that after a few hazy laps he decided to finally call it a day . He was plagued with headaches and balance problems ever since ( which explains why he always refused all offers to come and ride at classic meetings ) but still served 10 good years as chief technical inspector for IRTA before retiring, sharing his time between the Paris suburb and the Côte d'Azur.

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#20 ex Rhodie racer

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Posted 22 May 2007 - 15:12

I have been trying to discover the cause of Jack´s death. Does anyone know? As far as I was aware he wasn´t suffering from any illness.

#21 Bernard

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Posted 22 May 2007 - 18:22

I think ex Rhodie that Continental Circus shows that Jack had received a lot of injuries while racing and as we get older ....

#22 Paul Rochdale

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Posted 22 May 2007 - 18:31

I wonder if anyone who has a copy of 'Continental Circus' would do me a copy please? I've done a number of searches on the Net and no DVDs or CDs seem available anywhere.

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Posted 22 May 2007 - 19:23

Originally posted by Paul Rochdale
I wonder if anyone who has a copy of 'Continental Circus' would do me a copy please? I've done a number of searches on the Net and no DVDs or CDs seem available anywhere.



Me too!!!! please :clap: and if you cant I can copy from video to DVD (pretend you have not seen that Stuart ;) )

#24 antony duprat

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Posted 22 May 2007 - 19:34

I think it can be possible to buy the VHS at the "brocante" of the Coupes Moto-legende this WE at Dijon...But at what price and not for everybody :
Welcome in Bourgogne :wave:

#25 antony duprat

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Posted 22 May 2007 - 20:00

Two others pics from the Spain 1968 GP at Montjuich. We can see Jack, Nanou and Ago with the rare Cardani 500/3
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Posted 22 May 2007 - 21:04

Anthony, what do you know about the Cardani? I thought I knew a bit about this sport but I must confess I have never heard of this machine until now. Any info you, or anyone else, might have would be much appreciated.

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Posted 22 May 2007 - 21:16

Originally posted by ex Rhodie racer
Anthony, what do you know about the Cardani? I thought I knew a bit about this sport but I must confess I have never heard of this machine until now. Any info you, or anyone else, might have would be much appreciated.


The Cardani was a three cylider 500 which tried to copy the MV as much as possible. Rather like the "Jada", the "Cardani" was an amalgam of the names of the designers. The 'dani 'was Daniele Fontana who did the chassis whilst the 'Car' was Carlo Savare who designed the motor. I don't remember it running reliably but perhaps others could fill in with more information.

#28 antony duprat

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Posted 23 May 2007 - 04:59

Originally posted by ex Rhodie racer
Anthony, what do you know about the Cardani? I thought I knew a bit about this sport but I must confess I have never heard of this machine until now. Any info you, or anyone else, might have would be much appreciated.

Just a time to translate a revue-article :blush:

#29 Paul Rochdale

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Posted 23 May 2007 - 13:08

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Jack's funeral takes place on Thursday 24 May at the Crematorium de Cannes, Chemin de La Plaine de Laval, 06150 Cannes La Bocca, France.

#30 antony duprat

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Posted 23 May 2007 - 20:28

Originally posted by antony duprat

Just a time to translate a revue-article :blush:

more about the 500 Cardani on the 49/68 motorcycle thread :wave: