Some­times tal­ent is hid­den; other times it is most pro­nounced

Classic Bike Guide - - From Our Ar­chive -

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.

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