ROY HANKS

When TT win­ner Roy Hanks called it a day in March 2017 it brought to a close more than 50 years of top level com­pe­ti­tion within one of the coun­try’s fore­most rac­ing fam­i­lies. Pete Craw­ford trawled the fam­ily al­bums.

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Roy: The rea­son they gave me the No.1 plate that year, 1997, was that Dave Molyneaux, who’d won it the year be­fore, had gone on to GPS. I said: “Is there any chance I could be No.1?” as it was ob­vi­ous it was never go­ing to hap­pen. I put on the biggest No.1 I could find, even if the scru­ti­neers kept say­ing: “It’s il­le­gal. It’s big­ger than it’s sup­posed to be!” In the race Rob Fisher passed me go­ing into Bal­lacraine but then I never saw an­other soul. I had quite a good ride and as I started the last lap I was third. I rode back into the pits, into the hold­ing area and there was no Rob Fisher. He’d bro­ken down com­ing out of the Goose­neck, so as I pulled into the en­clo­sure, af­ter all the years of them wav­ing me past, I thought: “Yes. I’m in!” I didn’t know I’d won but my brother Nor­man wan­dered over and I think it was the first time I had ever seen him in tears. He said: “You’ve won... I think. But­tom is catch­ing you”.

Nor­man: Vince Biggs came across the line sec­ond and Roy was “great, great” as Vince used to ride with Roy, and then he said: “How’s tom do­ing?” Tom was given start num­ber 36 but all the way through prac­tice it was clear he was head and shoul­ders above ev­ery­one else. His first lap was 31sec slower than his next two, just get­ting past peo­ple.the funny thing was Roy was go­ing “Come on­tom. Come on­tom”. then the guy with the head­phones said: “Hold on a minute. He’s only seven sec­onds be­hind” and Roy starts go­ing “Slow down­tom. Slow down” and all this was com­ing over the loud speak­ers!

Above: March 1967.Team Hanks. Roy & Cliff Mel­lor, Nor­man & Rose, Fred & Ger­ald Daniel.

Left: Roy’s squat­ter tow­ing Nor­man’s kneeler home.

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