How much more English can it get? British Formula 1 driver and racing legend Sir Stirling Moss enjoying a hot cup of tea in his Vanwall GP racing car, back in 1959.
Carl Fogarty will be reunited with all his World Superbike championship winning bikes at the Carol Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show to be held from February 14-16. It will be the first time that all four of Fogarty’s bikes will have been displayed together in the UK. These bikes have been brought over from the Ducati museum in Bologna for the show which will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of Fogarty’s first championship. ‘Foggy Friday’ is being dedicated to the four times World Champion. Continue reading →
French website Europe1.fr has reported that seven-time F1 champion Michael Schumacher has been involved in a serious skiing accident in Meribel, France. The legendary race driver lost control and hit a rock with his head and though he was wearing a helmet, the injuries are believed to be serious. Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Grenoble, where Schumacher was transferred, has issued a statement mentioning the former F1 driver’s injuries are severe. He has undergone emergency surgery and his current condition is critical. The statement mentioned “head trauma with coma, which required immediate neurosurgical treatment.”
Tucked away in a dusty, climate-controlled warehouse in north Georgia is the last motorcycle Dale Singleton ever raced: his 1979 “F” model Yamaha TZ750. It is the bike Dale rode after his 1979 and 1981 Daytona 200 championships on similar TZ750′s and before his transition to four wheels in 1982.
Yamaha’s TZ750 was a revolutionary bike, and Dale was a revolutionary competitor. Dale was known for his ability to play to the crowd, and often out-shined competitors with his quick wit, playful personality, and immaculately decorated bike, helmet, and racing leathers. Dale knew how to energize fans and excite them to the sport. In the spotlight, Dale was only upstaged by his team mascot, Elmer the Pig, which reporters and fans adored. Continue reading →
Three posters are being offered by Bonhams at The Autumn Stafford Sale. ‘On Any Sunday’ is a 1971 American documentary feature about motorcycle sport, directed by Bruce Brown. This Steve McQueen-starrer follows the lives of motorcycle racers and racing enthusiasts. Brown tried to show the unique talents needed for the different forms of racing. For instance, the motocross riders were typically free-spirited types, while desert racers were often loners. In Grand National racing, Brown showed the differing personalities, such as the business-like approach to racing displayed by Mert Lawwill versus the carefree approach that wild young rookie David Aldana became known for. It was nominated for a 1972 Academy Award for Documentary Feature. Continue reading →
Marking Ducati’s participation at the Two Wheels Motorcycle Show in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the Italian manufacturer presented a surprise Senna version of their 1199 Panigale S model.
Realised exclusively for the Brazilian market, a limited edition series of just 161 motorcycles are to be produced, signifying the number of F1 Grand Prix raced by the Brazilian star. The special livery colour was chosen by Ayrton Senna himself during his visit to the Ducati factory only a few weeks before his last race in Imola in 1994, and later used to produce a first series of 300 motorcycles designed to honour star in 1995. Continue reading →
Honda TT Legends’ Michael Dunlop stormed to victory in yesterday’s Isle of Man TT Superbike race to bring home his first TT win for Honda, 30 years after his uncle Joey Dunlop achieved the same feat. Team-mate John McGuinness – who ran a tribute Joey livery in the race to celebrate the anniversary – took third place and in doing so set a new outright lap record of 131.67mph. Third Honda TT Legends rider Michael Rutter placed sixth. Continue reading →
TT Legends, the exciting eight-part documentary series originally broadcast on the telly, is now available to buy on DVD. Produced by Gaucho Productions, TT Legends: The Inside Track, follows the Honda TT Legends team as they take on the 2012 season and some of the world’s toughest bike races. From Japan to Germany and from Le Mans to the Isle of Man, the documentary follows these ordinary men doing extraordinary things.
John McGuinness, nicknamed the ‘The Morecambe Missile’, is an ex-bricklayer and mussel picker from the north of England who has won the legendary Isle of Man TT nineteen times. He is joined in the TT Legends team by Cameron Donald and Simon Andrews. Donald is Australia’s fastest plumber and a two-time winner of the Isle of man TT. Andrews is a fearless young gun who was the fastest newcomer at the TT in 2011. Together they are the TT Legends. Continue reading →
The incredible rags-to-riches story of one of the world’s greatest motorcycle racers. From humble beginnings in 1930s London, to winning six world titles, Jim Redman MBE is one of GPs most extraordinary characters, and a true legend of motorcycle racing. After migrating to South Africa, he started his racing career in the mid-fifties, and was awarded an MBE in 1964 – a year that also saw him win three World Championships in a single day, a feat, to this day, matched only by Mike Hailwood. Continue reading →