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Heads-Up to the Bikers
« on: June 07, 2017, 07:56:37 PM »
On ITV4 (Ch 24) at 8pm tonight is a programme about the glory days of the 500cc Grand Prix Motorcycle Championship......vicious four cylinder two-stroke monsters that would bite hard and spit you off in a heartbeat..........hence the programme's name of 'The Unrideables'.

Straight after that at 9pm is today's instalment from the Isle of Man TT. 8)

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Re: Heads-Up to the Bikers
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2017, 08:06:41 PM »
Cheers dude.

Did you catch the BSB documentary last night?
I'd seen it before but its so good to see a show like this; you forget some of the rivalries.
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Re: Heads-Up to the Bikers
« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2017, 10:14:14 PM »
No I didn't see that, but will have a gander on catch-up.


Just finished watching the TT programme, where the sad news was told of three fatalities so far this year.

Irish rider Alan Bonner, 33, was killed this afternoon practising for Friday's Senior race, whilst Dutch rider Jochem van den Hoek, 28, died from injuries sustained from a crash at the 11th milestone in today's Superstock race, and Davey Lambert from Gateshead died in hospital on Tuesday night after a crash in Sunday's Superbike race. :(

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Re: Heads-Up to the Bikers
« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2017, 09:07:27 PM »
Just heard of the 3 racers earlier lets hope for no more.

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Re: Heads-Up to the Bikers
« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2017, 09:38:40 PM »
Remember the 500cc Two Stroke Circuit, >>  Rainey  Corner  ...Ring a Bell .....He Kicked  ASS and took Names.....Franky

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Re: Heads-Up to the Bikers
« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2017, 10:51:32 AM »
Yep, there was a follow up programme on the next night called 'The Rainey Days' which told the exploits of the very talented and determined Californian until his career ended when he was paralysed from the chest down whilst leading the Misano race and the World Championship.

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Re: Heads-Up to the Bikers
« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2017, 08:09:33 PM »
It took a looooooong time for the Europpan's  to say Rainey was by far the best 2 stroak'er ever, God Bless and Keep You Sir.....Franky

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Re: Heads-Up to the Bikers
« Reply #7 on: June 12, 2017, 05:44:07 PM »
Not only did I see him race on a number off occasions (5 times, IIRC), but also I'm lucky enough to have met the guy, and got his autograph on a Yamaha T-Shirt (never worn it), but to this day I still wish I had his autobiography with me so I could have asked him to sign that too.

It was after his accident, and he was (obviously) in a wheelchair in the pits at the Donington Grand Prix in either '98 or '99. He came across as being really really shy, and seemed somewhat embarrassed about the attention, and to be asked for his autograph......a complete legend though all the same. :)