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Dear CR A sunny morn­ing prac­tice at a very full Brad­dan Bridge in 1967, it was just like a race day, with ev­ery­one wait­ing for Mike and the Honda.then that fan­tas­tic howl came from Quar­ter Bridge to Brad­dan, in round the left-han­der into the dip and ev­ery­one stood up to look at their idol, and Mike no­ticed. He looked up and gave a big nod to ev­ery­one, how we all smiled and chuck­led – a mem­ory for­ever. Then in 1978 I met Mike at a garage I worked at as a car sprayer, he wanted his crash hat painted. I got the job, ‘won­der­ful‘ he said to me on pick­ing it up adding, ‘God I wish I could do some­thing like that’ and I said I wished I could ride a bike – we laughed. I had my photo taken with him and some of the other lads I worked with. A few years ago I walked up to David Hailwood and said: “I painted your dad’s crash hat in 1978,” he was so sur­prised. I had a good nat­ter with him as well. Peter Trim­nell, Malew Isle of Man Hello Peter – Thank you very much for the letter. As the man who painted the hel­met, how do you feel it com­pares to oth­ers of the time and since, in terms of celebrity? Is that hel­met as fea­tured as a mod­ern Valentino Rossi hel­met? Are there more im­ages of it than Barry’s Duck mo­tif hel­mets? Where does the hel­met rank in terms of fame? Tony

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