Tom Loughridge's Race Days

Isle of Man TT  - page 4

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  • 1973 TT:
    Production - fastest through speed trap - 127mph. Race described by Fred Hanks in the TT special - "suddenly an exciting and dramatic event was being turned into a rugged hailstone-invaded race which had london Policeman Graham Bailey retiring at the pits shaking his head in disgust".  Retired with swamped electrics.
    Formula 750 32nd.
    500 senior 22nd bronze replica.
  • 1974 TT:
    Production - fastest through speed trap - 132mph - 6th place. silver replica.

    I had changed machines to a 350 Yamaha for the classic 1000 and 500 senior races. Loaned to me by that great Grand Prix rider John Williams because he was a non starter through injury. Sadly John who later became Barry Sheene’s works Suzuki team mate succumbed to heart failure after a minor injury at the 1979 Ulster Grand Prix. John Woodley from New Zealand had travelled over to Northern Ireland with John, Charlie Williams, Stan Woods and myself.  John as I recall fell off in the same 500 race as John Williams and went to Belfast hospital at the same time.

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