I'm a show off but I think I have one real claim to fame.
It's happened in early spring 1977, I'm a biker and have been since I was old enough to ride a motorbike. In 1975 I started motorbike racing at our local track Snetterton, I wasn't any good but I enjoyed it.
In 1976 Barry Sheene had won the 500cc world title, this was the bikes F1 world championship, he lived at the time near Kings Lynn. He asked the Newmarket motorcycle club if he could run in one of his bike before the championship started. As there was space on the grid he joined us, we had races of 6 laps but Barry pulled in after 5 laps so as to not take the trophies away from us club riders (not that I ever got close to winning one).
I was in 3 races with Barry and I still bore people I meet with the tale.
I have to say that Barry was one of the boys even as world champion.
Barry retained his title that year I like to think I helped
Post by Alan Hayes on Sept 13, 2020 12:34:22 GMT 12
I'm an avid follower of Formula 1 and occasionally watch other forms of motorsport, and back in the 70s, Barry Sheene was big news and I remember him well from my childhood and young teen years. Nice to hear that he was one of the good guys, too. Died far too young, sadly.
As for me, I've never been a show off. Indeed, I'm always happy for others to take the limelight, even at gatherings to celebrate my birthday, etc. I have a small number of claims to fame but can rarely remember what they are! One is that the episode guide in Bill Pertwee's Making of a Television Legend book was co-written and researched by me, with my wife and a mate. It led to Bill telephoning me, which was a surreal experience. I wish I'd kept in touch, but my natural shyness convinced me that I had no business to.
Great memories, Mereman. Pity you couldn’t do a Captain Mainwaring and commandeer Barry’s bike as the Captain did with Hodges. I do remember Barry becoming World champion and also the terrible crash he had - though I’m not sure if it was a career ending crash or not. He certainly was a popular figure and household name - helped of course by his appearances in TV commercials at the time.
My father and Uncle were heavily into motorcycling, mostly motocross In the summer months and trials riding in the winter, but occasionally they’d also participate in grass track, sand racing and the club road events when the competitive racing days were over. We also travelled far and wide to watch speedway meetings. I’ve loads of memories of those days, some of which I’ll share when I get time.
When you, like me, wasn’t old enough to experience these drivers...when you look at their photos they look like moviestars! The sport stars then looked like something from Hollywood. I recently read George Best’s memoirs- he was called ”the fifth Beatle”.
In my opinion they all looked like a fifth Beatle back then!
”By Jove, that’s the sort of talk I like to hear!”
Post by Alan Hayes on Sept 15, 2020 2:10:22 GMT 12
One thing I've just remembered is that my Dad used to take me to Brands Hatch for bike races. I remember the first time I was so scared of the noise that I sheltered under the grandstands! I came to enjoy the meetings over time and I do recall seeing both Barry Sheene and Mike Hailwood race.