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Brian Clark

January 05, 2015 8:07 PM

MotoGP » Derek Minter: 1932-2015


Further to my earlier post I forgot to mention that whilst Derek was seriously injured in the accident, poor Dave Downer sadly died in the incident. I had a couple of good 250cc races against Derek that year (1963). At the Good Friday meeting I followed him for a few laps to learn his lines. I was faster than him but because he was on the Cotton 2 stroke I kept just out of harms way. Eventually he seized & I could easily overtake. Whilst at the season end meeting in October, my last ever race before retiring, Robb & Read shot out in front which left Derek, Reg Everett, Tom Phillips & Myself battling for 3rd. I eventually pulled clear, Everett crashed & I cannot remember whether Derek was 4th. There is a good photo in the Mick Walker book about Everett (From rocker to racer) Many years later I met him occasionally when he delivered truck parts to my then Employers, MAN importers. We would chat over a coffee. RIP Derek "King of Brands" Minter

Brian Clark

November 03, 2015 1:22 PM

MotoGP » Yamaha responds to Honda, Repsol 'kick' comments


Spain will not have a Moto3 Champion Spain will not have a Moto2 Champion, Repsol of Spain will not have a Championship Dorna of Spain will not have Spanish Champions, This is politically motivated. As for Marquez, well know one will admit collusion but let us examine his riding & motives, to start with he is a Spaniard & wants a Champion for his country. In the previous round he diced with Rossi & without doubt slowed Vale, When it was obvious, on thelast 2 laps that Rossi could not catch Lorenzo, Marquez opened the throttle & blew Iannoni & Lorenzo away. Watching the race it was obvious that he was harrying Rossi to the point where, like any sane person would do Vale got cross. Without any shadow of doubt, Marquez effectively engineered the situation, except he didn't expect to fall. For some time now his riding & tactics have been very very close to causing a serious incident. He should be the one penalised, but then the word Spain crops up again Fair play, they do not know the

Brian Clark

October 29, 2015 8:36 PM

MotoGP » Marquez: Sepang in past, focus on Valencia


Of course Sepang is in the past, mission accomplished, Spain will get 1 world champ due to your irresponsible riding. In Australia you were hlng up Rossi until the last lap when you opened the throttle & were gone, even past the 2 leading riders Your aggression will eventually catch up with you & you will either seriously injure either yourself or another rider. Think yourself lucky not t have raced in the 150s / 60s & 70s when track & safety conditions helped contribute to an awful lot of fatal crashes. Yes time have moved on bt you are on the ragged edge. Your talent is better than this

Brian Clark

January 12, 2015 5:01 PM

MotoGP » Derek Minter: 1932-2015


TH - "what happened?" It was fast & furious racing & Derek was determined to win, as was Dave. What happened, I think they just pushed each so hard an accident was probably inevitable, sad to say Codger - "how good was Minter?", like Surtees, Duke, Hailwood, Read & others he was "bloody good". That is my answer to that Brian Clark

Brian Clark

April 12, 2015 10:47 AM

F1 » Rosberg blasts Hamilton for ‘compromising race’


What a whinger Rosberg is becoming. Over the years numerous world champions have said that you drive / ride as slowly as necessary to win races, preserve your car / bike & enjoy the benefits of being champion. Breaking lap records, and your car or bike does NOT win the ultimate prize. If the heat is getting to you then before you do something stupid, retire from racing.

Brian Clark

January 11, 2015 10:01 PM

MotoGP » Derek Minter: 1932-2015


re Codger your request as to my machine. in 1959 we purchased a 175cc F3 Ducati (4 spd / SOHC /with lights) in 1960 this was converted to 5 spd & DOHC. For 1961 Hepoliteproduced bigger pistons & it was now 198cc Mid 1962, Bill Webster, importer of Aer Macchi asked me to ride one of his 250s which I did. For '63 I had one of 3 higher tuned machines, Stuart Graham had 1 & Percy Tait the other. Bill unfortunately collapsed & died at Mallory inApril & Syd Lawton of Southampton took over the import of the AMs. I had some good & bad results due to unreliability problems, i.e condenser wire would break. Con-rods broke. When it was going it was fast, particularly as it was a push rod engine, not a cammy motor. Unfortunately I decided to retire, for various reasons. If Syd had told me there was to be a 250 sized 350 for 64 I would not have. Being only just over 5ft made riding a normal 350 (Norton / AJS) One can only rue lost chances

Brian Clark

January 11, 2015 5:17 PM

MotoGP » Derek Minter: 1932-2015


Codger: Brian Clark.....Good post. At the time the Minter and Dave Downer race was considered by many to be the greatest race they'd ever seen. May I ask what you were riding in your 250cc racing ? Reg Everett....I remember Reg going round clearways (short circuit) with sparks coming off of his grounding exhaust pipe...in the pouring rain. He eventually fell, but no mean feat given the tyres of the day. Derek tested a road going 250cc bike for a motorcycle weekly. I believe it was a Norman twin stroker. He wasn't far off race pace and when he was asked how the brakes were he replied, "I don't know....I didn't use them"
1959 to mid 62 I rode a Ducati that evolved from a 175 4speed single cam F3 model to a 198cc 5 speed Twin cam machine. From Mid 62 I rode Aer Macchi for Bill Webster, until he collapsed & died at Mallory in April 63 after which Syd Lawton took over. I retired at the year end (foolishly I must admit, but that is another story)


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