‘You sure you’re Barry?’

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In 1974, aged 17, I was driv­ing from Horn­cas­tle to Cad­well at 7.30am to a race meet­ing. I couldn’t help but no­tice a gold Rolls-royce fol­low­ing me. As I ap­proached the gate the Roller pulled up at the side of me. The oc­cu­pant turned out to be Barry who opened his win­dow and en­quired if I and my two mates had tick­ets, which we hadn’t. I was given two pad­dock passes and the en­try ticket for RIDER No 7! The bloke at the gate let us in but did re­mark: “Are you sure you’re Barry Sheene?” Later that day, Barry spot­ted me drool­ing over his bikes and said “I see you got in al­right then”. That day will be with me for­ever. David Bates, email

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