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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 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

January 05, 2015 4:19 PM

MotoGP » Derek Minter: 1932-2015


Despite the name error I would also refer to the fact he was NOT racing a private MV when he had his big crash but was on a 500 Manx Norton dicing with (if I remember right) Dave Downer who was on a 650cc Domiracer (A Norton twin of the day mainly linked to ace tuner Paul Dunstall. His crash & Injuries left him sidelined for most of the season so Phil Read took his place alongside John Hartle. Brian Clark

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

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)

Brian Clark

March 25, 2014 4:32 PM

F1 » Promoters will walk away over sound ‘disgrace’


Many years ago when noise was a problem, in the days of Mansell, I believe that Silverstone carried noise tests. An RAC Official, the late Derek Ongaro, told me that sitting on the bottom row of seats of the grandstand at the old Woodgate corner he was getting a reading of 145db. He also said that if the noise ofF1 was cut he would walk away from F1. I agreed. I am really a bike man & fully appreciate noise, even a wide open throttle 4 cyl road bike. Brian Clark

Brian Clark

November 26, 2012 2:23 PM

F1 » HAVE YOUR SAY: Who shone in Sao Paulo?


There were a number of heroic performances but surely the best had to be by Jenson closely followed by Hulkenberg In the early stages it was all about these 2 & staying on the tarmac, on slicks, when all about them were "dancing on ice". With a 40+ secs lead it was the pace car that closed it all up & that is how Hamilton managed to get to the frant. Unfortunately Hulkenberg blotted his copy book & Jenson, ever the rain expert, picked up the pieces & drove brilliantly till the end. Total control. Has deserved better equipment all year

Brian Clark

March 13, 2009 10:45 AM

MotoGP » John Hopkins tells fans to expect 'big treat'.


How can Hopkins have so much hate thrown at him. Many people change teams (& jobs even) because it seems right at the time (I know I did the same) Ever since the world champs started there have been riders who should not have been there but somehow conjured up support. Back in the 50s Gilera would give a local a ride in his home GP in the hope he could help keep the opposition away from the points & therefore help their chosen 1 Anyone read Rossi's pleas for the performance level of "private" bikes to be raised to enable them to have a chance??? :D :? :) :D :? :)


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