Steve Spencer

Classic Racer - - PADDOCK GOSSIP -

The man who fin­ished third in the fa­mous 1967 Se­nior TT, rid­ing a Steve Lance­field Nor­ton, passed away in May 2017, just be­fore the 50th an­niver­sary of his su­perb achieve­ment. Spencer’s ef­fort is even more im­pres­sive when it is recog­nised that it was the year of his TT de­but. Dur­ing the course of his ride, it is reck­oned he be­came the only man to lap at up­wards of 100mph on a Manx Nor­ton with a four-speed gear­box. Spencer had made his Se­nior Manx GP de­but in 1964, when he re­tired, then fin­ished fifth in 1965 and third in 1966, be­fore his TT bow. He ended his ca­reer in 1970, with a Pro­duc­tion TT sev­enth and a Se­nior TT 10th, be­fore mak­ing a come­back in the 1991 Clas­sic Manx GP. He qual­i­fied a Nor­ton twin on his first lap, but it ex­pired early on in the race. In the 1967 races, Spencer also fin­ished eighth in the Ju­nior race, on an­other Lance­field Nor­ton, de­spite be­ing beaten up from crash­ing out of third place in the Pro­duc­tion TT on a Tri­umph Bon­neville – at the time he was em­ployed as a tester by Tri­umph. His 1967 Se­nior/ju­nior ef­forts won him the Joe Craig Tro­phy, for best ag­gre­gate per­for­mance by a Bri­tish rider on a Bri­tish ma­chine. Steve Spencer’s funeral was held in the War­wick­shire vil­lage of Pic­cadilly, on June 6, 2017, 10 days be­fore the half-cen­tury an­niver­sary of his most glorious ride.

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