NORTON’S REIGNED SUPREME
These two beautiful old Norton racing machines were standing in the paddock. Number 46 is a 1956 350cc.Manx Norton and number 69 is 1939 500cc.Norton ES2.
ME AND MOTORBIKE RACING
My interest and involvement in motorcycle racing goes back to the first meeting I ever attended on 3rd.September, 1961 at the Snetterton circuit in Norfolk. From there on in I was hooked and have been ever since. I have never had the wish to race myself but have had several friends who did, one of whom I am still in regular contact with, we having known each other since we were boy choristers in our local church choir. I have never taken a driving test for bikes but have, over the years, had 3 small capacity machines and a scooter I got rid of about 4 years ago.
Between 1968 and 1982 I commentated at exactly 100 meetings, most of them road racing, but also Motocross and grass track racing also. Among the many circuits I commentated at was Snetterton 83 times, Brands Hatch 3 times and also Silverstone and Lydden Hill. I also attended the races in the Isle of Man 11 times and in 1966 travelled to the Grand Prix in both Holland (Assen) and Belgium (Spa), and several times in the 70's.was part of the starting grid crew at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. These days most of my spectating is done from my armchair watching television but we are actually only a short drive away from 3 of the countries circuits, especially Donnington Park, just 15 minutes at the most.
I hardly dare say this but even after all these years I have yet to find any sport that I personally find as exciting as motorsport, preferably with 2 or 3 wheels rather than 4, and that includes any sport involving the use of a ball except for Snooker, a sport I was never very good at myself.
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