Classic Racer - - PADDOCK GOSSIP -

With 50 years racing at the Isle of Man TT un­der his belt, Roy Hanks has de­cided it’s time to hang up his leathers for good. Dur­ing his time at the Isle of Man TT, Roy has been much more than just an­other com­peti­tor, hav­ing been ac­tively in­volved, along with wife Rose, in the TT Sup­port­ers’ Club. He is also a past pres­i­dent of the TT Rid­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion. “I’m get­ting old – crikey I’m nearly 70. My knees hurt, by back hurts, you name it every­thing hurts. The rush down Bray Hill was all I wanted but then I sup­pose (in 2011) it changed when I lost Dave Wells,” Roy ex­plained to Clas­sic Racer. “I’m glad I didn’t pack in then, but it did change a lot, and at the end of last year I started not en­joy­ing it. All I wanted to do was do the meet­ing and come home. The pas­sen­gers I’ve had since have all been good. “The bike’s ready, I’d al­ready en­tered the TT and the first three meet­ings of the sea­son, but I have to say I don’t think my heart was in it. I thought ‘Roy, there’s some­thing telling you it’s time’. So I told the mis­sus, Rose, and had a bit of a cry and was in bits re­ally. So I said we’ll give it three days and then told my sis­ter and my brother-in-law, as it’s a big fam­ily thing, we all work with the bikes. “It’s not been forced on me and it has been eas­ier the last two weeks, now I’ve made the de­ci­sion, but now I need to sell my bike and get it out of the way. The grand­kids want me to keep it, but they’re only 13 so that means an­other three years be­fore they can ride it and I’d be in dan­ger of rid­ing it again my­self! “I’ll be go­ing over to the TT, as all the book­ings are done, but it will be a bit dif­fer­ent, the first since 1966 not racing” said Roy.

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