Photos & Musings: Early Days

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A collection of my favourite photos, with some of the stories behind them. Please click on an article to view.

My first bike

This is my first motocross bike, a 1974 Suzuki TM125. I’d first become interested in motorcycles about a year before, aged about...

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Yamaha YZ125D - My first new bike

This was my second bike, and first brand new machine. I had raced my Suzuki TM125 for a few months...

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Maico MC125

After a year in the schoolboys, racing with the Severn Valley and Cotswold clubs in the senior class, I moved up...

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Bryan Wade, my early mentor

Bryan Wade was my mentor during my transition from schoolboys to adult, and I owe my riding technique, style and work...

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Severn Valley SSC newsletter, 1977

Here's an interesting old document I found - a newsletter from the Severn Valley Schoolboy Scrambling club from March 1977. It carries...

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Adult debut

Can't recall where this was taken, but it's a rare shot of me on my BMRS (Bryan Wade's 'British Motocross Racing...

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Hawkstone Park, 1979, and a hijacked chequered flag.

This photo is from the New Year’s Day ‘Hangover’ national race at Hawkstone Park on January 1st, 1979, and there’s a...

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Schoolboy days, 1978

This photo was recently sent to me by the young lad in the photo, Matt Harper. I can't remember where...

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Practising on my TM125

This photo is from 1977 and I guess that I had been riding just a few weeks at this point....

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How it all began - A one-in-a-million first encounter with motorcycles

It can rarely be said that one's future is pre-planned or predictable. Sometimes we end up at a place in...

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