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#1 tohatsurider

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Posted 05 October 2019 - 18:00

I know that Barry Sheene had his first race was at Brands Hatch in 1968 on one of his fathers 125 Bultacos and won. As it was a club meeting does anyone know which club it was and has anyone got that meetings programme?.   



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#2 Paul Collins

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Posted 05 October 2019 - 21:47

I'm guessing Bemsee, or I think there used to a club called the Southern 67 or something like that, I dont think that many different clubs used Brands but I could be wrong.

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Posted 06 October 2019 - 08:53

Thanks Paul I was thinking it might be Southern 67. Lets's hope someone confirms that.



#4 T54

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Posted 15 October 2019 - 00:41

Wiki tells it right:

"Sheene began competitive motorcycle racing in 1968, winning his first races at Brands Hatch riding father Frank's 125cc and 250cc Bultacos. He improved to second behind Chas Mortimer in 1969 in the 125cc class on the Bultaco.

By 1970, Sheene had become the British 125c champion at age 20, riding a former Suzuki factory racing team motorcycle that he purchased for £2,000. The 1967 Suzuki RT67 twin-cylinder motorcycle had previously been ridden by Suzuki Factory-backed rider, Stuart Graham in the 1968 Grands Prix and in selected 1969 events.

In 1971, still riding the same Suzuki twin, he finished second in the 125cc World Championship, probably missing the title due to injuries sustained in a well-paid non-championship race at Hengelo (Netherlands) and during the Race Of the Year at Mallory Park (compression fractures of three vertebrae and five broken ribs).

His first Grand Prix win coming on that bike at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, soon followed by a win on a 50cc Van Veen Kreidler at the Czechoslovakian Grand Prix held at the Masaryk Circuit, where he finished over two and a half minutes ahead."

 


Edited by T54, 15 October 2019 - 00:41.