A BSA 750cc.Rocket 3 presented in the colours and style of the machines ridden successfully by Derbyshire rider John Cooper during the 1960’s and 1970’s.
John Cooper was one of England’s most successful and popular motorcycle racers of the late sixties and early seventies. During the 1971 Race of the Year at Mallory Park, fifty thousand motorcycle racing fans crowded into the Leicestershire circuit for what turned out to be greatest race ever run on the UK mainland - John 'Mooneyes' Cooper on the BSA Rocket 3 running against multi-world champion Giacomo Agostini and the all-conquering 500 MV. Spectators shouted themselves hoarse through 30 laps of intense action which ended in a fairy-tale win for the British rider on the British bike.
Both John Cooper and Giacomo Agostini were due to re-enact this famous race at Mallory Park yesterday during the Festival of 1,000 Bikes meeting, at which both of them and lots of other famous riders from the 60's and 70's were also parading on machines they used to ride during their racing careers.
Taken at a Donnington Park Classic racing meeting on 2nd.May.
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