Fast Fred­die: ‘ What a guy and what a leg­end’

Meet­ing Spencer was an ab­so­lute dream come true

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - Peter Spiers, Wat­ford

I’ve just spent an en­thralling evening lis­ten­ing to Fred­die Spencer at the launch of his new book ‘ Feel’. He may be one of the all-time leg­ends of GP racing but you’d strug­gle to meet a nicer or more hum­ble man. It was fas­ci­nat­ing to lis­ten as he de­scribed his wheel-to-wheel bat­tles with Kenny Roberts, how he never used brak­ing mark­ers, re­ly­ing purely on his own depth per­cep­tion and how he drew strength from ad­ver­sity. At the end of the evening he signed au­to­graphs, posed for pho­to­graphs and gen­uinely thanked each and ev­ery mem­ber of the au­di­ence. I joked that I had only just dried out af­ter watch­ing him win at Sil­ver­stone in 1985 and he was still able to re­call the cross wind on the Han­gar Straight that day and what a strug­gle he had to hang on to the bike.

They say you shouldn’t meet your he­roes but that’s not the case with Fred­die

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