Sometimes talent is hidden; other times it is most pronounced
Barry Sheene began messing about on trials bikes after buying a Triumph Tiger Cub from future British sidecar champion Mick Boddice, when they were both about 12 or 13 years old. The Cub was replaced by a Bultaco Sherpa when Barry began entering Kent club trials.
This shot of him messing about at Snetterton on October 13, 1968 was taken shortly after he got back to Britain from acting as GP mechanic that season for Lewis ‘Del Boy’ Young.
Not only did Sheene win two world titles in 1976 and 77, but his style, personality and ability to harness the power of the media with sponsorship changed motorcycle racing forever.