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#1 gerryracer

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Posted 08 September 2007 - 08:51

Hi, I am new to the forum, but have been reading the posts with interest. I wonder if someone could tell me where British SuperBike Champion Dave Potter is buried? I handled Dave's promotions and personal appearances in the late seventies, and used to keep his spare Mitsui Yamaha at my home. he was killed at Oulton Park. I lost touch with his wife Sue and his son Oliver many years ago.
Thank you.
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#2 llmaurice

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Posted 08 September 2007 - 08:56

I'm afraid I can't help here but would just like to say what a true Brit Competitor he was .
Always a pleasure to watch and so unassuming in converstion .

#3 mfd

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Posted 08 September 2007 - 10:28

Originally posted by gerryracer
I wonder if someone could tell me where British SuperBike Champion Dave Potter is buried?

Hello Gerry - I painted a couple of helmets for him - an excellent competitor & really nicely turned out. Picblanc ( a regular on the M/cycle thread ) was a big fan - he might know - there's also a website with burial locations -

#4 Paul Rochdale

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Posted 09 September 2007 - 14:52

http://www.motorspor...hp?db=ms&n=2153

Royston, South Yorkshire, seems a good start. What about the local telephone directory for his wife's number?

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Posted 09 September 2007 - 15:46

http://www.barnsleyl...forum/index.php

This is a Royston-based forum. You could try placing a post on there?

#6 gerryracer

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Posted 09 September 2007 - 17:34

Paul, thanks for your help. Dave lived in Royston, but Royston, Hertfordshire. The memorial site is incorrect, I have advised them. I spent many a happy hour with him there. He was a true Yorkshireman at heart of course.

mfd. Many thanks for your reply. That would be the CENTURION helmets then mate.

#7 mfd

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Posted 09 September 2007 - 17:54

Originally posted by gerryracer
Dave lived in Royston, Hertfordshire. He was a true Yorkshireman at heart of course.
mfd. Many thanks for your reply. That would be the CENTURION helmets then mate.

I had a feeling that website was wrong-Royston Herts was also Steve Parrish country...
...the helmets I did for Dave were Shoei - for the final season. He parked next to us at the first meeting of the season (I was there with Steve Henshaw) He asked Steve "who paints your helmets?" to which he replied, "he's in the truck mixing the fuel..."

#8 gerryracer

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Posted 09 September 2007 - 18:11

Wow! Steve Parish, that takes me back. We did a big Bike Show in Birmingham in about 1980, and Steve (as you know) is a real joker, and he had on this kilt, with...well, you can imagine Steve, anything for a laff. From the front, just funny, but from the back...Mmmmmmm :eek:
Thanks for the memories matey.
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Posted 10 September 2007 - 11:05

My information says that Dave Potter won the British 750 title in 1972, with a Gus Kuhn Norton, and the MCN Superbike titles of 1979 and 1980 - I think both with BP/Broad Yamahas. Were the Yamahas also 750s? I assume they were. Thanks.

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Posted 10 September 2007 - 17:00

Originally posted by gerryracer
Hi, I am new to the forum, but have been reading the posts with interest. I wonder if someone could tell me where British SuperBike Champion Dave Potter is buried? I handled Dave's promotions and personal appearances in the late seventies, and used to keep his spare Mitsui Yamaha at my home. he was killed at Oulton Park. I lost touch with his wife Sue and his son Oliver many years ago.
Thank you.
Gerry Taylor.


Hi, Dave's funeral was at a church in Royston Herts, dont know which one, but Royston is not that big.

A few pics of Dave they have been posted before but hope you all enjoy seeing them again.
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#11 picblanc

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Posted 10 September 2007 - 17:20

Originally posted by subh
My information says that Dave Potter won the British 750 title in 1972, with a Gus Kuhn Norton, and the MCN Superbike titles of 1979 and 1980 - I think both with BP/Broad Yamahas. Were the Yamahas also 750s? I assume they were. Thanks.


Yes Dan TZ750 Yamaha's

#12 Paul Rochdale

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Posted 10 September 2007 - 22:28

Gerry
I have emailed the editor of the local newspaper on your behalf. Fingers crossed.

#13 subh

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Posted 10 September 2007 - 23:10

From a bio published in 1977:

The Yorkshireman who now lives in south London has been one of Britain’s most consistent privateers. He was top non-sponsored rider in last year’s Superbike Championship once again, and has been fortunate to have the backing of top sponsor Ted Broad. Dave (27) became British Champion within three years of starting racing in 1969. He raced for Vincent Davey and Willie Ryan before filling the gap with Broad left by Barry Ditchburn who had won a Kawasaki works contract. Among his best placings have been a 5th in the 1976 FIM Formula 750 Championship, a 4th at the 1975 Imola 200 and a clutch of fine endurance race performances.

#14 gerryracer

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Posted 16 September 2007 - 22:41

Hi Paul, that would be great if they reply. I just wanted to see how Sue and their son Oliver were doing. It's been so long now, and seeing his name just made me realise I should have kept in touch, but you know how it is. Anyway, I do hope that they have some information. Thanks to everyone for the replies and for the great photographs.

#15 mfd

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Posted 17 September 2007 - 01:11

Originally posted by subh
The Yorkshireman

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Posted 20 September 2007 - 08:44

An other Dave pic from Brands Hatch 1977 FIM 750 race
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#17 Steve O'Brien

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Posted 21 September 2007 - 12:21

What a great rider Dave was, I remember the day he died at Oulton I was marshalling at cascade's and attended to Dave after the accident, it was the last lap and was in the lead being chased by Ron Haslam on a 1000 RC Honda and Korky Ballington on a GP500 KR Kawasaki when he lost the front at cascade's.

#18 picblanc

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Posted 21 September 2007 - 17:00

Originally posted by Steve O'Brien
What a great rider Dave was, I remember the day he died at Oulton I was marshalling at cascade's and attended to Dave after the accident, it was the last lap and was in the lead being chased by Ron Haslam on a 1000 RC Honda and Korky Ballington on a GP500 KR Kawasaki when he lost the front at cascade's.


Not a good day Steve, how much run off was there in those days? in my head I picture Cascades lined with railway sleepers? and is it correct that Daves helmet came off?
Graham.

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Posted 21 September 2007 - 20:15

i am sure i remember seeing this it was televised live and they showed the marshalls attending to poor dave. :(

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#20 Steve O'Brien

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Posted 22 September 2007 - 15:25

There was not a lot of run off in those days but im pretty sure it was lined with armco they were covered by strawbales most of the way round, unfortunately Dave just missed the last strawbale and hit the armco quite hard his helmet did not come off I took his helmet off myself as Dave was clearly not breathing, I gave Dave heart massage while a paramedic was giving him air we did get him going again but I believe his brain stem had snapped and he died about two weeks later

#21 gerryracer

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Posted 22 September 2007 - 15:34

Steve, thanks for that descriptive line of events. I do remember that Armco was there.
Thank you all for the information.

#22 picblanc

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Posted 22 September 2007 - 15:39

Originally posted by Steve O'Brien
There was not a lot of run off in those days but im pretty sure it was lined with armco they were covered by strawbales most of the way round, unfortunately Dave just missed the last strawbale and hit the armco quite hard his helmet did not come off I took his helmet off myself as Dave was clearly not breathing, I gave Dave heart massage while a paramedic was giving him air we did get him going again but I believe his brain stem had snapped and he died about two weeks later


:( :cry: thanks Steve..... at least he would of known nothing about it, a sad day and story, but thankyou, he was a big favorite of mine and I was lucky enough to speak to him a number of times. :|

#23 picblanc

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Posted 24 September 2007 - 07:57

Lets get Dave back up the page again!! This one from 1977 Transatlantic Trophy.
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Posted 24 September 2007 - 22:04

I found this today Dave is in there somewhere along with Joey Dunlop


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Posted 03 August 2009 - 01:36


Does anyone know about the crescent Dave raced? I presume it was a Monark.

I found this today Dave is in there somewhere along with Joey Dunlop



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Posted 03 August 2009 - 06:37

Twinny would you be so kind to transfer this thread to the Motorcycle Nostalgia forum please ? :wave:

Edited by philippe7, 03 August 2009 - 06:41.


#27 picblanc

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Posted 13 August 2009 - 08:27

Does anyone know about the crescent Dave raced? I presume it was a Monark.


It was a Ryan Cresent 498cc, he finished in 2nd place to Phil Haslam in the 500cc Shellsport Championship race @ Brands Trans Trophy meeting of 1974. Only time I saw him on it I think?, no pics. :(

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Posted 13 August 2009 - 12:02

All I know/can remember is that it was run by Willy Ryan - orange and black livery I think.


It was a Ryan Cresent 498cc, he finished in 2nd place to Phil Haslam in the 500cc Shellsport Championship race @ Brands Trans Trophy meeting of 1974. Only time I saw him on it I think?, no pics. :(



#29 picblanc

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Posted 13 August 2009 - 17:59

Blimey Chris!! good to see you posting again, it was an Orange & Black bike, at the end of the year he had a TZ350 from Willy Ryan as well, and indeed the 500 & 350 were in Orange & Black colours. He was riding for Gus Kuhn on the big Norton at the time also. :wave:

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Posted 13 August 2009 - 20:06

I know i've posted this before , but I think it belongs on this thread . RIP Dave :cry:






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Posted 13 August 2009 - 21:47

Blimey Chris!! good to see you posting again, it was an Orange & Black bike, at the end of the year he had a TZ350 from Willy Ryan as well, and indeed the 500 & 350 were in Orange & Black colours. He was riding for Gus Kuhn on the big Norton at the time also. :wave:


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#32 picblanc

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Posted 13 August 2009 - 21:59

Dave & Martin Sharpe.
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Posted 13 August 2009 - 22:03

Dave on Ted Broads TZ750, 1975.
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#34 Ivan Astikoff

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Posted 15 August 2009 - 20:32

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Nice to see this out recently...

#35 picblanc

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Posted 15 August 2009 - 20:37

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Nice to see this out recently...



Indeed, :up: but colours not quite right, it was much more blue green, thanks for posting it though. :wave:

#36 Ivan Astikoff

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Posted 15 August 2009 - 21:36

Indeed, :up: but colours not quite right, it was much more blue green, thanks for posting it though. :wave:


Yes, I agree, the colour is much too bright. Actually made me wonder if it was the real thing. Spoke to Colin Seeley on the Saturday, he said how much he enjoyed his outing on the BMW outfit at Goodwood, but he was a little nervous about riding the solo round Mallory. He seemed to get into it quite nicely after a couple of laps, though. Sorry for drifting off topic.

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Posted 06 September 2009 - 19:14

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#38 fil2.8

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Posted 06 September 2009 - 19:19

Nice pic of Dave Potter :up:

#39 picblanc

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Posted 04 March 2010 - 21:26

Here you go Oli!, dont know if you have seen this thread, but if not hope you enjoy it. :wave:

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#40 picblanc

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Posted 05 March 2010 - 09:45

Got to go to work now, but will put a few more pics up later! :wave:

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Posted 06 March 2010 - 18:33

Hi it's Oli, Dave Potters son. I spotted this forum and saw it contained a few questions about my dad. Maybe I can help and if anyone has any info on him and can send it on here it would be appreciated.

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Posted 06 March 2010 - 20:10

Hi it's Oli, Dave Potters son. I spotted this forum and saw it contained a few questions about my dad. Maybe I can help and if anyone has any info on him and can send it on here it would be appreciated.


Hello Oli and welcome.

#43 mba21

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Posted 06 March 2010 - 20:49

Likewise Oli welcome to the very best Motorcycle racing forum :wave: :wave:

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Posted 07 March 2010 - 01:57

Hi Oli, welcome to the forum, there's going to be lots of stuff here for you I think, great rider your dad! :clap: :clap: :clap:





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#45 kerrowmoar

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Posted 07 March 2010 - 10:39

Hi Oli

Welcome to the forum

#46 bobness

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Posted 07 March 2010 - 16:40

Indeed, welcome Oli.
Your Dad was one of the very best, of that there is no doubt.

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Posted 07 March 2010 - 16:48

Indeed, welcome Oli.
Your Dad was one of the very best, of that there is no doubt.

Welcome Oli. I hope you will post some previously unseen pics of your Dad on here.
I only saw Dave ride on a handful of occasions, but that was enough to see his obvious class. I was lucky enough to meet him in France around ´75 and even though I was a total stranger and a nobody, he was warm and friendly and seemed genuinely happy to chat to me. A really nice man and a great competitor. You can be well proud of him. :up:

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Posted 08 March 2010 - 09:52

Hi it's Oli, Dave Potters son. I spotted this forum and saw it contained a few questions about my dad. Maybe I can help and if anyone has any info on him and can send it on here it would be appreciated.

Hi Oli,

We used to hang out a fair bit especially on the continent. I can't add much only to say that he was a good mate and a standout in terms of class and quality as a human being! Cheers, Stu

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Posted 08 March 2010 - 13:33

Hi it's Oli, Dave Potters son. I spotted this forum and saw it contained a few questions about my dad. Maybe I can help and if anyone has any info on him and can send it on here it would be appreciated.


Hi Oli,

I have PM'd you




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Posted 10 March 2010 - 13:17

Here's a nice pic of mine, Dave Potter at Brands, don't remember the year though.
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