Photos & Musings: Grands Prix

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

The Brou double

These photos are the only ones I have of the massive double jump at Brou, during the 1990 French Grand Prix....

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Qualification and timed training

This snap was taken by my father Ron during Sunday timed training at Namur in 1986. David Thorpe was going...

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David Thorpe & Andre Malherbe at Sittendorf, 1985

This is a photo that I took myself at Sittendorf, Austria, in 1985. This was my first 500 GP and...

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Canadian GP, 1986

These photos are from the Canadian GP in '86. I think this was the last time that a GP was held in...

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Namur, & the legend that is Carla

This photo can only be Namur. This is the Chalet du Monument, down at the bottom. For those of...

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Thorpe preparing his goggles

David Thorpe preparing his goggles. No goggle building reps back then, even for World Champions. Canít remember where this was taken....

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Brou, France.

This monochrome Jack Burnicle photo says a lot about GP motocross. Itís taken at Brou, where we had the French...

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The downhill double at Namur

Here's Paul Malin jumping the downhill double at Namur. This was one of those jumps that nobody really...

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Austrian GP, Sittendorf

This photo is from Sittendorf, Austria 1987. I am #47 on my JBR Honda, Kees van der Ven is #5,...

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Chasing Giovanni Cavatorta, Italian GP, 1988

This is from the Italian GP of 1988. Canít remember the track though. Italy, like France, always had spectacular,...

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Belgian GP, Namur, 1988

Namur again, this time from 1988. Thatís me with the holeshot, which was a rare occurrence. This was the race that...

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Checking out the start gate at Beurne, Germany

This was at the 1986 German GP at Beurne. Camel Boots was on off-shoot of Camel cigarettes, intended, I believe, to get...

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Claire in the pit box

This photo is probably from somewhere like Luxembourg in 1989. Thatís my wife Claire doing her best to keep me...

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Spanish GP, 1987

This is another Burnicle picture, this time from the Spanish GP at Yunquera in 1987. This was the opening GP of...

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Life on the road

One aspect of life as a GP rider that people probably donít appreciate, especially a privateer, is the length of time...

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Finnish GPs

This is the Finnish GP track at Ruskeasanta, close to Helsinki airport. Finland was a long way from home. To get...

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Giving everything you have

This 1990 photo is of myself and Australian 500GP racer Robert Scott*. I don't recall which race it was taken...

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Myself & Eric Geboers at Namur

Eric Geboers chases me out of the woods in the 1988 Belgian GP, on his way to clinching his 500cc world...

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1987 German GP, Reutlingen

This Jack Burnicle Photo was taken as I walked back to the truck after my best ever moto result Ė 2nd...

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Namur again

This Roddy Macleod photo deserves it's own section. Taken in about 2004 I believe, it shows the staircase section which...

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Sittendorf 1986

The 1986 Austrian GP at Sittendorf was probably my finest day. I came into the race as a true outsider...

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Namur 1987

In June 1987 I suffered a bad knee injury. I had been riding really well that year, scoring 5th at...

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1990 French GP, Brou

This start line shot brings back some memories for me - not so much of the track or the specific race,...

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Technical Control, Hawkstone, 1988

Technical control at a GP would take place on Saturday morning. We would take both bikes up for inspection, and...

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Stopover at Meribel

This photo of a few months old Sophie and I was taken by Claire at Meribel in France. I had...

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Dave Harpur and I in Finland

This photo is from 1989 and I believe would have been taken in Finland. There doesn't seem to be much...

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Sophie and I

I really like this picture. Sophie was born in September 1989 and she came with us to all the races...

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Factory Kawasaki KX500SR

In 1986 I raced for the factory Kawasaki team, and was fortunate enough to race a full factory KX500SR. I...

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British GP, Hawkstone, 1990

This photo is from the British GP at Hawkstone Park, 1990. This is the table-top on the way back down from...

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