Nobby Clark


Af­ter a long and brave bat­tle against ill­ness leg­endary tech­ni­cian, Nobby Clark has died aged 81. No other me­chanic in the his­tory of the sport spanned so many gen­er­a­tions and worked with so many leg­endary rid­ers – from Gary Hock­ing to Kenny Roberts – and Nobby was still in­volved in the sport he loved fet­tling clas­sic race bikes in the US. Who else can claim to have worked on fac­tory MV Agusta, Ca­giva, Honda, and Yamaha ma­chin­ery? Orig­i­nally from Rhode­sia, Nobby made his home in the US af­ter his years trav­el­ling the world as part of the grand prix cir­cus and made, and re­tained, many friends in the US who looked af­ter him in his later years. In a pe­riod when the world was a much big­ger place, he taught him­self sev­eral lan­guages, some­thing the Ja­panese teams es­pe­cially ap­pre­ci­ated. Clas­sic Racer plans a full trib­ute to Nobby Clark in a fu­ture is­sue.

Photo: Mor­tons Ar­chive

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