Harry Pearce 1923-2017

Classic Racer - - IN TRIBUTE -

The fu­neral has taken place at Poole Cre­ma­to­rium of H A (Harry) Pearce, the very first mo­tor­cy­cle road race win­ner at Brands Hatch, who passed away peace­fully aged 94, af­ter a short ill­ness. Orig­i­nally from Sur­biton, Sur­rey, he was a regu reg­u­lar tri­als and scram­ble rider be­fore he took up road rac­ing in 1948 in the MGP. He be­came a very suc­cess­ful per­former on his home pre­pared Tri­umph and still holds the 250 out­right records on grass at Brands.

Af­ter win­ning the first Brands road race on tar­mac he was to de­fine his place in his­tory beat­ing a young John Sur­tees, both on Tri­umphs. Harry went on to be known as one of the most con­sis­tent 350cc fin­ish­ers on his Ve­lo­cette MKV111, win­ning the 1952 North West 200 and he was se­cond the fol­low­ing year to Bob Mcin­tyre by less than a se­cond. He won the Club­man’s prize on the Tommy Atkins Manx Nor­ton in 1952 fin­ish­ing sev­enth and fifth in the Ju­nior on the Velo. Harry went on to ride both Match­less and AJS un­til 1955. Harry hung up his leathers, sold the MKV111, and car­ried on work­ing for C T Atkins but in car rac­ing. Harry was to be­come me­chanic to young Bruce Mclaren and later pro­duc­tion man­ager at the fac­tory. Do­na­tions in his mem­ory can be made to the TT Rid­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion (Isle of Man Char­ity No 546), of which he was a founder mem­ber.

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