What they say about Phil Read

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Feature -

Peter Wil­liams

Rac­ing con­tem­po­rary and team-mate: “For good or ill, Phil Read be­lieves in him­self.”

Sir Robin Miller

Mo­tor­cy­cle race re­porter (1965-1968) and MCN Ed­i­tor (1970-1973): “I like Phil. He gets in­suf­fi­cient credit for how good a racer he was. He’s very in­tel­li­gent, al­ways has an­other idea up his sleeve – not all of them suc­cess­ful, how­ever, and def­i­nitely earned his place among the greats.”

Dave Crox­ford

Con­tem­po­rary rider and EX-JPN team mem­ber: “I prob­a­bly re­mem­ber more about Phil’s so­cial life than I do his rac­ing ca­reer. We used to have some wild par­ties when he had his man­sion in Sussex. On the track he was a Con­ti­nen­tal Cir­cus and I wasn’t, so he had bet­ter bikes and was usu­ally in front. Al­though if he was on the MV, say, and I was on the JPN Nor­ton, I might have a chance if it rained.”

Alan See­ley

Fan and me­chanic for Read’s last IOM race: “Phil was a boy­hood hero so when I met him and worked for him, it was a dream come true. The man has an as­ton­ish­ing record and a gen­er­ous side not ev­ery­one sees. He can also be fist- clench­ingly in­fu­ri­at­ing. But that’s Phil.”

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