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Graham Godward

For the next couple of weeks I am going to show a "mixed bag" of subjects which I hope you will enjoy, particularly Friday?!

We start with my long standing friend Graham. You may remember that we went to a test session with him at Mallory Park recently from which the Manx Racer posting of 26th.May came. He and I spent lots of time at race meetings in the 60's and 70's, even doing the live circuit commentaries at Snetterton for some years.

Graham has continued to race in the U.K., Isle of Man, Daytona in the USA and on the continent over the years, mainly in classic bike races over recent times. Here he is on his 350cc.Yamaha, but he also has a 250cc.Armstrong he is restoring and a 500cc.Suzuki RG500 he done the parade lap at the 100th.TT race with last year.

You will note he has a broken screen, the result of a recent starting grid incident at Mettet in Belgium a few weeks ago. All is now well I gather and I am sure he will soon be up to speed once more.

Graham Godward

For the next couple of weeks I am going to show a "mixed bag" of subjects which I hope you will enjoy, particularly Friday?!

We start with my long standing friend Graham. You may remember that we went to a test session with him at Mallory Park recently from which the Manx Racer posting of 26th.May came. He and I spent lots of time at race meetings in the 60's and 70's, even doing the live circuit commentaries at Snetterton for some years.

Graham has continued to race in the U.K., Isle of Man, Daytona in the USA and on the continent over the years, mainly in classic bike races over recent times. Here he is on his 350cc.Yamaha, but he also has a 250cc.Armstrong he is restoring and a 500cc.Suzuki RG500 he done the parade lap at the 100th.TT race with last year.

You will note he has a broken screen, the result of a recent starting grid incident at Mettet in Belgium a few weeks ago. All is now well I gather and I am sure he will soon be up to speed once more.

comments (6)

Beautiful shot Brian. Reminds me of the glorious days when Mike Hailwood (Mike the Bike) was unbeatable at the Isle of Man TT race on his Honda!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard, I had the pleasure of seeing Hailwood in the Isle of Man TT Races a couple of times, plus of course on the mainland circuits as well.
  • Ellie
  • under an umbrella
  • 2 Jun 2008, 18:19
It looks awfully draughty without the screen.

I've tried too many times to take pictures of fast moving vehicles and never seemed to get it right yet. Good for you smile
Brian Walbey: Glad you like the picture Ellie, taking moving vehicles is down to a good "panning" technique, look it up on Google for more information, you will get loads of hits there.
It seems funny to think of Suzukis and Yamahas being restored and regarded as classics, but of course they are!
Brian Walbey: I agree Bill, certainly the models up to the early eighties I believe are the ones used in Classic racing.
  • FLOOG
  • United Kingdom
  • 2 Jun 2008, 20:46
A great shot. So strange with no screen!
Brian Walbey: Thanks for your comment Floog, Graham was getting a new screen the following week. Does look a bit odd though doesn't it.
  • tim
  • leeds uk
  • 2 Jun 2008, 21:50
well captured Brian and in just the right place too, well donesmile
Brian Walbey: Fortunately this is quite a slow corner and near the spectator bank so it is fairly easy to get a reasonable shot at this point Tim, thanks for your comment.
And now the interruptionsmile Why has he got 250cc plates on a 350??? lovely capture Brian. I would have maybe cropped less at the back and more at the front of the bike, but still a very nice shot and some nice history. Many regards, Neil.

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