Tom Loughridge's Race Days

Tom Loughridge racing in the Isle of Man TT

scan30s.jpg (27712 bytes) Hi Murray, as promised the story of my experience of a great sporting relationship with Eddie Crooks, Frank Whiteway, Stan Woods, Les Trotter, the late Danny Shimmin and many others who rode Crooks’ Suzuki’s during the classic 60s and 70s. when we all raced for the love of the sport, particularly in the greatest true public road race in the world. the Isle of Man TT, with particular references to the superb T500 in the TT, Northwest 200 and Thruxton 500 mile endurance races.

I first rode a Crooks Suzuki T20 production bike prepared for me by Frank Whiteway in 1969 to third place in the 250 class at the Thruxton 500 mile race partnered by Pat Walsh who was 55 years old. I then used the bike in the TT with an 8th place in the production race and a lowly 24th in the international 250. but the bike went like a train and I was glad that I had left the much faster but unreliable 250 Bultaco in the garage.

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