Star Letter: Aintree memories
By: Web Editor
I remember all the riders; Ray Amm on the ‘bullnose’ works Norton, Bob McIntyre on the works AJS and my favourite, Geoff Duke, Gilera.
They used to have handicap races and John Surtees’ Norton started with the 350 and Duke in the 500s on a Gilera. Surtees just beat Duke by a fraction over the line. I was standing on the Tattersall Grandstand at Tatts Corner far left in the picture. I didn’t get to see the bullnosed Norton as Ray Amm crashed just 300 yards up the road.
Looking at Pip Harris in the picture (above) shows just how exciting sidecar racing was. I just have to mention one of my favourite riders from Southport. On a 7R, little Gary Dickinson was leading the 350cc race until the last lap at Tatts and fell off; he remounted to finish about 10th. Poor Gary was so short he could hardly see over the tank when standing up!
I still go to Aintree now. Although it’s smaller, you see some exciting clubmen racing. Many thanks for rekindling my memories of the glorious past!
Chris Thornton, Morecombe
Responses to “Star Letter: Aintree memories”
Current Issue: June 2016
Triumph T-Bird: TR6 Twin
1920s Sporting OHV Single: Rare new Hudson
Rich pedigree: Velocette racer on the road
Making dreams come true: Riding day at the National Motorcycle Museum
PLUS: Matchless pair of military singles; Barry Briggs interview; Cotton Blackburne; The Pioneer Run; Cult of the black leather jacket
• Next issue on sale: June 3, 2016