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Eddie Roberts - Ducati

A few images from the Miscellaneous Folder for the next few days.

Taken at the Snetterton Racing Circuit in Norfolk this is one of the leading riders in the country at that time, May, 1979, in action on his 900cc Ducati.  I have featured in the past at least two other images from this event which was a long distance race with each entry having two riders.

I was fortunate to have a trackside pass that day and was able to get near the action.  I believe this was taken with my old Pracktica and a 200mm pre-set telephoto lens.

If memory serves me correct I think he failed to finish but I might be wrong on that so don't take my word for it.

Eddie Roberts - Ducati

A few images from the Miscellaneous Folder for the next few days.

Taken at the Snetterton Racing Circuit in Norfolk this is one of the leading riders in the country at that time, May, 1979, in action on his 900cc Ducati.  I have featured in the past at least two other images from this event which was a long distance race with each entry having two riders.

I was fortunate to have a trackside pass that day and was able to get near the action.  I believe this was taken with my old Pracktica and a 200mm pre-set telephoto lens.

If memory serves me correct I think he failed to finish but I might be wrong on that so don't take my word for it.

comments (19)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 9 Nov 2009, 00:16
A fine action shot, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ray.
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 9 Nov 2009, 02:13
When I see them in these turns, Brian, I hold my breath, hoping to God they don't fall over!
Brian Walbey: They do fall over sometimes Ginnie, I was always alright on right hand corners but could never lean over the same to the left, I must have a funny brain smile
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 9 Nov 2009, 03:34
Great action and colour Brian
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much vintage.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 9 Nov 2009, 07:24
That's a long time ago Brian: I dread to think what I was doing then...
Brian Walbey: No doubt like me making the most of being in your thirties or so Chris.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 9 Nov 2009, 07:27
Nice action shot Brian, always wanted a duke but at 6'5" didnt think l would fit smile
Brian Walbey: It's the sound of the modern Ducatis that really gets the blood pulsing Tony, I bet they are great to ride as well.
Its still a good shot, when ever and how ever it was taken. Are you having fun digging through your archive prints? I know I do.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Sheila. I've got loads of old slides but unfortunately neither of the scanners I have got give very good scans.
These boys really need to know what they are doing, good action shot.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Linda, this is a sport where you really do improve with experience.
The Ducati was my husbands favourite motor bike. Nice crisp capture Brian
Brian Walbey: Thanks Janet, they have always been popular bikes in this country.
Beautifully captured Brian. The colours came out nicely. Ducati was not a reliable bike!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard. They did have a reputation but I think the modern ones are a lot more reliable.
  • Tracy
  • England
  • 9 Nov 2009, 12:59
Good action picture Brian, I must have a go at this one day!!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Tracy. You might even find this even more exhilarating than a balloon ride.
Nive one Brian..Great going back to your archives I bet.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ron. I have about 1500 motor sport slides from the 60's and 70's of lots of the great names, unfortunately the slide scanner I brought isn't much good, I scanned this with a previous one that won't work with XP.
This is a grate shot,you can see the speed in the back ground,we have bikes and it fells good to be out on the road,in the sun our the rain,its a nice past time.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Cheryl, yes biking is a good pasttime, mind you, I'm down to a scooter these days just to run about local to where I live.
  • Myke C
  • United Kingdom
  • 9 Nov 2009, 17:39
Brian !!!!
Great pic. I didnt notice the title and was about to email/comment that I thought this was indeed Eddie Roberts. He was a fine rider, and a keen ManxGP/TT rider. He had a Motorcycle Shop a few hundred yards from my childhood home on the Wirral. He finished third in the SeniorTT on my first visit in 1977 (if memory serves). He was at TT a year or two back involved in team mechandise, etc.
Was great to see him gracing the pages of Shutterchance...chances are he didnt finish, rarely did. He also rode Yamahas around this time.
Brian Walbey: Thanks for your comment Myke. I can remember seeing Eddie several times and somewhere I have the programme for this race tucked away but it would be a lot of effort to dig it out. Glad to have revived a memory for you.
Good action picture Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Chad.
Brilliant photo Brian, I was 6 in 1979 smile but i can still remember watching Barrie Sheene thundering around the track on the tele whilst i ate peanut butter sandwiches as fast as mum could make them.. Ahh happy memories.. Thanks Brian smile
Brian Walbey: Thanks Dave. It was sad that Barry died so young but he wouldn't consider hospital treatment for his cancer apparently and it got him in the end.
A real feeling in speed, Brian. In the past 30 years, the bikes have evolved tremendously and these tyres look very skinny now. I've done several 24 time trial at Snetterton - always wet and cold!
Brian Walbey: I monce commentated at Snetterton in the days of the old Norwich Straight at the hairpin and it was snowing so hard I couldn't see the bikes till they arrived in front of me. Needless to say the meeting was abandoned in the end.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 9 Nov 2009, 20:58
My brother had a practica too, he could do wonders with the thing.
Amazing picture here Brian, you can be proud of it.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Astrid, all of my motorsport slides and prints were taken with my Pracktica in the 60's and 70's.
He must have been distracted by your excellent photography Brian. Great capture. For come reason the Ducati was not one of my favourite bikes, don't know why though.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Les. I think the modern Ducatis are good to look at Les but the older ones look a bit functional if you know what I mean.
Eddie Roberts had a shop just down the road from where I lived, but I never ever went in it. I must put up the Photo I have of his Jawa.
Brian Walbey: I look forward to that photo then Martin.

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