Sheene un­seen

In the new book ‘Barry Sheene: The Of­fi­cial Pho­to­graphic Cel­e­bra­tion of the Leg­endary Mo­tor­cy­cle Cham­pion’ from top pub­lish­ers Blooms­bury, there’s a host of im­ages of Barry never seen be­fore. Over the next two months of Clas­sic Racer we will be bring­ing y

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than 120 pre­vi­ously un­pub­lished per­sonal pho­to­graphs, Times jour­nal­ist and award-win­ning au­thora Rick Broad­bent tells the sto­rys of a re­mark­able sports star.s Barry’s son Fred­die Sheene pro­videsp thet Fore­word. Pub­lished to mark the 40th an­niver­sarya of his sec­ond World Cham­pi­onship win, the book pro­vides a unique pic­to­rial ac­count of a life lived at full throt­tle and is an in­tensely per­sonal look at a racer, legend, hus­band and fa­ther. Pub­lished by Blooms­bury Sport, it is avail­able from all good book­shops and costs just £20. Clas­sic Racer has 10 copies of this great book, each one signed by Fred­die Sheene, to give away. All you have to do is visit www. clas­s­i­cracer.com/cat­e­gory/com­pe­ti­tions/

Left: Chi­may, Bel­gium in 1976 and spot the new spon­sor on the chin bar.this was French jeans maker Mashe, which was one of the first com­pa­nies to pay Barry for im­por­tant promo space as he rode. Mo­tor­cy­cle rac­ing as a spec­ta­tor sport was rapidly ris­ing in pop­u­lar­ity around the world and the crowds flocked to see Sheene et al in ac­tion. The stan­dard-is­sue cig­a­rette only added to the ev­ery­man im­age. Even on the grid.

Right: Born to race and love the cam­era. Born on September 11, 1950, young Barry was the ap­ple of his mum’s eye.this is the young Bazza in prime photo spot with older sis­ter Mar­garet (Mag­gie went on to marry Paul Smart) to his right and mum Iris with dad Franco com­plet­ing the fam­ily group. Above: The pro­mo­tional wheelie that hid dis­ap­point­ment. In 1979 Barry and the rest of the Suzuki Grand Prix riders were given the chance to try out two dif­fer­ent ver­sions of the RG500, one with the ra­di­a­tor in the nose of the bike, the other with the cool­ing pulled a bit fur­ther back. Barry in­stantly liked the one with the weight­ier nose but was out­voted on the bike by Vir­ginio Fer­rari (Team Gal­lina) and Wil Har­tog (Team Nimag). Barry was forced to ride a ver­sion of the bike that he didn’t like.

Left: Barry and Stephanie were made for each other as their en­dur­ing mar­riage showed. Barry was very close to Stephanie’s son Ro­man, lov­ing him as his own and in Novem­ber 1985 – a year af­ter Stephanie and Barry mar­ried – came daugh­ter Si­donie, with Fred­die ar­riv­ing fourf years later. The solid home life was the per­fectp com­pli­ment for Barry in Aus­tralia, a coun­tryc that was per­fect for the ac­tive, out­doors-lovingo fam­ily.

Right: Barry with a mon­key and an ice cream.there’s no rea­son for this pic­ture to be in a rac­ing magazine such as this other than it made us smile. We think it’ll do the same for you, too.

Far right: Money man.the year is 1976 and Chi­may, Bel­gium was a cir­cuit that held a non-cham­pi­onship, big money race that drew big stars. Barry was among them. Held in June, this race paid much more than the Isle of MANTT and the line-up re­flected that for the 6.4-mile road cir­cuit. Barry (pic­tured with Marco Lucchinelli and Gary Nixon) won the 500cc out­ing from GP ri­vals Phil Read and Lucchinelli. Above and left: Get­ting away from it all. Whether it was the sandy beaches in Venezuela or Trea­sure key in the Ba­hamas, Barry and Steph made sure of mak­ing the most of their post sea­son down time be­fore the work started again. Trunks could be­come an op­tional ex­tra for Bazza…

Be­low: Barry loved an­i­mals (a dozen cats once shared the Sur­rey home…) and dogs also fac­tored into home life. Above: Mo­ments be­fore the off and Barry, re­laxed as you could be on such a busy grid, shares a trade­mark cheeky-chappy wink with a pho­tog­ra­pher. In 1978, it seems, any­one could get onto a GP grid for a quick look at a fac­tory race bike and rider up close.

Be­low: The 1979 French Grand Prix at Le Mans and a mo­ment of re­lief af­ter a hard-fought win.this was a rare mo­ment with­out the stan­dard-is­sue Gauloises hang­ing from a bot­tom lip.

Left: Two years of be­ing at the top of the 500cc world cham­pi­onship gave way to Kenny Roberts tak­ing the crown by just 10 points in 1978. Ill­ness plagued the sea­son with Barry di­ag­nosed with Born­holm dis­ease, forc­ing him to fight back to a level play­ing field – but in the end he had to play sec­ond best to Roberts.

Be­low: 1973 and the tide was start­ing to turn. No­tice the amount of num­ber one stick­ers on the side of the Suzuki – marks of the win­ner in the Shell­sport se­ries. The year was the start of Barry’s time as a works Suzuki rider.

The year is 1980 and while the GP sea­son was less than easy-go­ing by this point, there was noth­ing to stop Barry get­ting out on home soil.this pic­ture was taken as he pad­dled the 750cc Akai Yamaha around to the grid at Oliver’s Mount, Scar­bor­ough. It was a pretty good day over the jumps be­cause de­spite miss­ing out on the Gold Cup he did go on to take the over­all win in the MCN Su­per­bike Cham­pi­onship.

If you want to buy the book… We ab­so­lutely love this book and if you want to buy your own copy then you can for just £20 (if you or­der it on­line from www.blooms­bury.com you can get it for £18, a 10% sav­ing).the ex­cel­lent 224-page tome’s ISBN num­ber is 9781472944580. Hock­en­heim, 1977.The sec­ond race of the sea­son was a mas­ter­class by Barry. He smashed qual­i­fy­ing by over a sec­ond, set a new lap record in the race and fin­ished nine sec­onds ahead of his team-mate Pat Hennen.

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