I have been around motorcycles all my life, initially influenced by my parents both of whom rode bikes. Starting on a BSA Bantam field bike age 9, I later had a Tiger Cub and a BSA C15 on the road before deciding to try racing. My first race was way back in 1971 on a Honda CB77 at RAF Elvington in East Yorkshire. From the Honda I progressed, maybe progressed is not the right word, to air cooled Yamaha’s that were much faster than the Honda, but emptied the bank account even faster.
Fast forward to 1985 and now with a young family, I discover the Classic Racing scene taking off and want a part of it. History then repeats itself as I purchase a road going Honda CB77 to convert to racing spec. The Honda performed well and the next year gave me my first race win with CRMC at Donington Park.
Fast forward another 20 years to 2005 and I have just retired from the Fire Service after 30 years of squirting water about, can’t stop racing Hondas, but now putting a bit back into the club as a CRMC committee member and Race Entry Secretary.
Around this time, I became a member of the FIM Europe Vintage Commission helping organise the Vintage Road Race Championships, a role I still have today.
Fast forward another 20 years to the present and I still have a 350 Honda in the garage, am still on the CRMC Committee, still a member of FIME Vintage Commission and have a steady number looking after CRMC’s Classic Eligibility registrations and a few other odd jobs that I can help the club out with.
I met Gordon while studying at the University of East Anglia. Our first proper date was to marshal at Snetterton. It poured with rain, I got absolutely soaked, and we ended up running both Riches and Sears between us because the other marshals all went home - my first introduction to motorcycle racing! For some strange reason this didn’t put me off. We built our first racing machine in our student house, and then I bought our first proper racing bike – a Seeley lowboy, once I started working.
I have been involved with the Classic Club since the late 1990s, and joined the committee when I took over the role of editor of Open Megga. I was Race Secretary for a while, and then became a Clerk of Course at least fifteen years ago. I am also Secretary of the CRMC.
Over the years, we have had some fantastic experiences through racing, met some wonderful people, and carry some amazing memories. So, it’s just as well, I didn’t let my soggy Snetterton experience put me off!
I got involved in the racing community when I was 4 years old, going along to the CRMC Meetings when my stepdad would be racing his Honda 200. From this I developed the bug.
I remember standing at Paddock Hill at Brands Hatch in maybe 2009 and watching the Sidecar race, thinking “I’m going to do that one day”. After a lot of persuading my mum it was a good idea I went and got my licence, my first race being on a 750 Triumph at Lydden Hill. Since then I have finished 3rd in the Bemsee F2 Championship in 2019 and won the FSRA Pre Injection F1 championship onboard a 1998 Yamaha Thundercat. For 2021 I am passengering a 750 Windrick BMW.
Alongside racing, I am also a sector marshal for most clubs in the UK, and more specifically for the CRMC, if I’m not out on the grid you’ll find me as a Clerk of the Course in Race Control. I really enjoy running meetings and seeing the smiles and happiness it brings to everyone in the paddock.
Outside of racing, I’m a Transport Manager and I live in Bedford with my cat, Craner (yes, I did name her after the corner at Donington!). I enjoy going out on walks with my friends and of course enjoy the odd responsible drink in the bar..
Come and find me at any meeting and I’ll happily help you in anyway I can. :)
My interest in motorbikes started as a child, I inherited the passion from my father, as he was a lover of bikes too, so it seems to run in the family.
When I was growing up, my family were very friendly with a neighbouring farmer, who used to allow me to ride in the fields on my moped. As soon as I was old enough, I had a bike on the road, from a moped through to a Suzuki Hayabusa, believe me, far too many bikes, to list here!
I first raced in 1979-80, but due to a growing family and dwindling disposable income, it was short lived.
Fast forward to 2000, I started racing again with my Yamaha TZ350, racing with the Forgotten Era Racing Club (FRC) and The Classic Racing Motorcycle Club. During that time, I raced at most of the UK circuits; Chimay in Belgium, and also took in a few ICGP rounds at BSB meetings too. I was lucky enough to be the last ever winner of the FRC 350GP Championship on my TZ. I still have that trophy to this day, and I feel proud to have my name on it, with the likes of Richard Parker and Lea Gourlay, as previous winners 😉
I always had a passion for photography too, especially for the bike racing, always carrying a camera around my neck at meetings.
Now that I'm a professional Photographer, and the CRMC’s official Tog, I love nothing more than being next to the action, getting that special shot is as good as it gets! I love what I do, and seeing my images in print, in the Classic Racer, Open Megga and the CRMC Programme’s is an honour!
I really appreciate everyone’s support and when anyone purchases my images, it's always very much appreciated, thank you!
I was motorbike mad from the day in 1966 when my big brother took the sixteen year old me to Brands on the back of his 600 Dommie. What I saw and heard that day blew my mind and for the next eight years motorbikes were my passion. I rode a wide variety of road bikes ranging from a tatty NSU Quickly to a beautiful Triton with an all alloy T100A engine. Most weekends would find me at Brands, Crystal Palace or Lydden. But by 1974 I was heading towards marriage and the resultant financial pressures meant that motorbikes went completely out of my life until 1983.
By then my personal and financial circumstances meant that I could finally find the time and money to start racing. To cut a long story short I raced 250 and 500 Singles between 1983 and 1991 and 250/350 LCs 1996 to 1998. I got into racing with only the desire to “give it a go” but my career exceeded my expectations, even winning a few races along the way, and I had a complete blast doing it. More importantly I had discovered a group of new chums who despite being my rivals were also hugely supportive. Many of those people are still my friends today.
I again lost touch with the racing scene when I lived and worked in Canada for four years but on my return to the UK in 2002 I bumped into old racing rival Rusty Lee of Sport-Pics, who was by then heavily involved in race photography. Through him I started writing VMCC (now BHR) and CRMC race reports. I first commentated in 2006 at BHR Cadwell Park when the scheduled commentator failed to show and shortly afterwards took over the role at CRMC in the very sad circumstances of Allan Robinson’s death. In the intervening years I have commentated on an estimated 5000 races, even including a few modern bike meetings, and have had a whale of a time doing it. It can never quite equal the thrill of racing but, as I always say, I don’t miss the gravel rash and broken bones!
I started my love of bikes in 1975 when I got my first bike, a Bultaco Cemoto 250 trail bike. Through family and friends I got out on my bike most weekends and I started racing the day after my 16th birthday at Slab Common in Enduro.
I used to test sidecar outfits at Brands Hatch for a couple of years, but after a crash out practicing I tried car racing, but it didn’t give me the buzz that bikes did, so I started off helping out at Ringwood Schoolboy Scramble Club which I then got back in to bikes again with my ktm495 and Honda CR500. Unfortunately after a while old injuries stopped play.
After many years away I started missing paddock life so I got into marshalling where I’ve stayed and enjoyed since!