Category Archives: Motorcycle Racing

Mike Hailwood (1940–1981)

Despite a lack of academic achievements Mike Hailwood was a champion boxer and a very accomplished musician on several instruments. Even in his early days he displayed the will to win that made him such a talented competitor. He spent a short time in the family business before his father sent him to work at […]

Barry Sheene (1950–2003)

Barry Sheene was not academic, and left school at the age of fifteen without any qualifications. He was steeped in the culture of motorcycle racing from an early age. At the Royal College of Surgeons his father, a former motorcycle racer himself, had the use of a workshop, in which he exercised his considerable skills […]

Joey Dunlop (1952–2000)

As a youth Joey had an ambition to join the army, but that changed when, at sixteen, he bought his first motorcycle, a 250 cc BSA. From then he financed his passion for motorcycling by working in various jobs, including as a diesel fitter, lorry driver, steel erector, and roofer, and latterly as the publican […]