Continued over ARY RS SH VE EE I N N E A ’S R F I A R E S Y T - 0 I 4 T 40-YEAR E L ANNIVERSAR L E T Y 4 1976 I 0 Special A Y T - S E R A FI R S E’ NN EN SHE RSARY IVE •
SS: The Swedish GP was just like any other race really. Because there were plenty more races left that season, he wasn’t too worried about trying to wrap the title up. He was just lucky that he did – because then he didn’t have to go to any more races to make sure of it! Afterwards, we just went back to the hotel. Of course, everyone was congratulating him and stuff, but it was just like he’d won another race – except he’d won the world championship as well. We had dinner at the hotel as normal, had a few drinks as normal, and then just went to bed and went home in the morning – very happy!
SP: It was party time 24/7 at his place in Wisbech anyway so winning the world title didn’t make that much difference! But I do remember one big party to celebrate his title at Piers Forrester’s house (an aristocratic friend of Sheene’s who once dated Princess Anne) in Chelsea. Gary Nixon turned up, I think Johnny Cecotto was there, and obviously there were lots of girls too. But we had so many parties that, to celebrate his title, we just probably got that bit more pissed and had more girls!
SS: He wasn’t any different at all after wining the title - he just wanted to do it again the following year! So there was a bit of added pressure in 1977 because everyone expected him to do it again too. Barry’s title-winning bike from 1976 sits in the house here and his medal for winning the title is here too.