Articles tagged Geoff Duke

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Mat Oxley

Remembering an original thinker Seven decades ago a farmer's son from County Down changed the course of motorcycle racing history. Rex McCandless was a self-taught engineer with a brilliant, creative mind, quick temper, deep mistrust of authority and a fondness for a drink. To call him a maverick would be gross understatement. His crowning achievement was a chassis design that became the standard...

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Up the creek without a saddle

Nuvolari, Rosemeyer, Surtees and Hailwood were bike stars who made seamless transitions to four wheels, from leaning to sliding. But a two-wheel hero's speed, balance and competitive edge doesn't guarantee four-wheel success. Fate can play a hand, as Colin Goodwin explains Geoff Duke Lancashire's Geoff Duke was at the top of motorcycle racing at the end of the 1951 season. He'd just won the 350...

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Looking Back with Mike Hailwood

Few competitors have made the transition from motorcycle racing to the world of Formula One with the same success as Mike Hailwood. John Surtees of course, for whom Hailwood drove Grand Prix cars for over two years, won seven World Championships on two wheels as well as one on four wheels, but apart from him only a small handful attempted the switch. Geoff Duke tried abortively, while Gary...

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The Sporting Tyre Makers AVON:

Conservatives with a competition streak At last month's Motor Show in Birmingham Avon Tyres Ltd. had something new to show potential customers. Nothing startling, just a five-rib range of steel-braced radials to be marketed under the Turbosteel name in 1979 in five different sizes. The tyres are conservative, after all many have had to follow Michelin technology before the small West Country...

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My friend Jenks

By Bill Boddy I knew nothing of Denis Jenkinson until I published a letter from him in Motor Sport, but when we met at the RAE during the war, he as an engineer and me as a writer of instructional Air Publications for the RAF (while still editing Motor Sport), we became closely associated. I recognised what a profound knowledge he had of GP history and told him he must become Motor Sport’s...

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The Cadwell trip that got Surtees hooked on racing

Talking with the great John Surtees recently was more than usually interesting as he began to reminisce about the dawn of his racing career. I’d asked him about his earliest significant memory of contact with the racing world, and it took him way back to the days when his father Jack was resuming his own racing activities for the first time since the pre-war years. John said: “I do recall seeing my...

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Letters

Brands one-off for F1?Sir, With events in Bahrain having caused the postponement — and likely cancellation — of this year's GP, are we not presented with a chance for the Formula 1 circus to stage an additional meeting in 2011? In these unique circumstances, there is scope to organise a non-championship Race of Champions at Brands Hatch. Coming 'home' to this wonderful British circuit, which has...

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Chain chatter, by "Carrozzino"

I was rather gratified to read the latest news from the FIM, for it contained some new regulations for the specification of sidecar bodies for record-breaking purposes. Regular readers of this column will remember that a little while ago I had a moan about the existing regulations which permitted sidecars that did not even resemble a racing sidecar. Now the FIM have laid down that a sidecar must...

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Chain Chatter

By "Carrozzino" Although it is only the second month of 1953, the new season of road racing is fast approaching and in the International Calendar there are more events than ever. Many weekends offer as many as three International road races on the same day, while on a number of occasions France has two events on the same day. While appreciating that Europe is a large place and there is plenty of...

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Miscellaneous

Miss Motor Show 1959 Attractive young women are essential to publicity nowadays, and the Earls Court Motor Show is no exception. Apart from the model girls, the London Centre of the Motor and Cycle Trades Benevolent Fund has organised a beauty competition in connection with the BEN Motor Show dance and cabaret. They aim to find "Miss Motor Show" and have enlisted such personalities as Lady Docker...

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