Spug, not Jock
By: Web Editor
Interesting to see the photo of Malcolm Muir, winner of Senior MGP 1931 on a Norton, and also successful at venues like Brooklands. He won the Hutchinson 100 on a 350cc Velocette in October 1931, and an Outer Circuit race in May 1934 on a 350cc Norton, tied for first with a Morgan-JAP.
Your picture caption is Jock Muir but when not known as Malcolm his nickname was ‘Spug’ Muir. He was a boyfriend of my mother in the early 1930s, being neighbours in Radlett, Hertfordshire. He taught my mother to drive in his BSA three-wheeler, and they were also friends with John ‘Crasher’ White, a Radlett resident, who later became a Norton works rider.
Muir was a member of the Cambridge University Auto Club. His father was a Scottish doctor. He moved away from Radlett, and indeed motorcycles, in the later 1930s. Sad to relate, he took his own life in 1947.
Nicholas Kent, via email
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