Photos & Musings: Other Riders

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

Willie Simpson

This is one of my favourite photos of all time, of Scottish rider Willie Simpson, father of current GP star Shaun. Willie...

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Hakan Carlqvist & Andre Vromans at Ettelbruck

This Jack Burnicle pic is from 1981, taken at the old Ettelbruck track in Luxembourg. Hakan Carlqvist is chasing Andre...

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David Thorpe in his schoolboy days

This 1977 photo of DT on a Suzuki RM125B was taken by my father at, and I am guessing here, Hope-under-Dinmore...

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Russ Jarman

This shot of Russ looks like the British GP at Hawkstone, and Iím guessing during qualifying. Russ was...

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Stuart Coyle

Here are some scans of a magazine feature about Stuart Coyle. Stuart was a nice unassuming GP privateer from South...

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Carla & Leif Persson chilling out

This photo I took myself, I think at the Swedish GP in about 1988. Hakan is leaning on the bike...

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Jared Smith

Jared was a hard north easterner from Guisborough and he was a formidable competitor, placing second in the British Championship one...

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Georges Jobe and the Hawkstone double

This Nick Haskell photo of Georges Jobe jumping over the head of Andre Malherbe is arguably one of the greatest GP...

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Hakan Carlqvist, 1983 500cc world champion

This is one of those all-time great GP photos. Hakan Carlqvist crosses the finish line in a shower of champagne...

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Andre Malherbe

Andre Malherbe was the coolest rider in the GP paddock. Although blessed with an awkward and very 'European' riding style,...

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Harry Everts

This photo shows Harry Everts, father of Stefan, checking out lines at the British GP at Farleigh, I guess about 1980-ish. Harry...

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Leif Persson

Leif Persson was a nice guy, with a good riding style. A protege of Hakan Carlqvist, I believe. Leif...

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Kees Van der Ven

Kees Van der Ven was a Dutch legend and sand specialist. Always a threat to win, whatever terrain the race...

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British championship presentation, 1986

From right to left, Mervyn Anstie, myself, Kurt Nicoll, Russ Jarman, Scott Gardner. At British championships the riders used to be presented...

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Greg Hanson

This is a photo from Greg's personal collection, taken during his magnificent race win over David Thorpe at the British championship...

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Ricky Johnson

I was sent this snapshot recently which I really like. This was taken in summer 1989 at my local practice...

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Vintage wedding shot

I recently unearthed this great photo from my wedding in 1988. It was really nice to have so many of...

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