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RIGHT SAID FRED... VOICE OF RACING BOWS OUT
After a career spanning over half a century, legendary motorcycle racing circuit commentator Fred Clarke has announced his retirement.
The renowned voice of British motorcycle racing for the past 56 years posted a statement on his social media account.
He wrote: “There is no easy way to say this but following a lengthy period of soul searching and contemplation, it is, with sadness, that I inform you of my decision to retire from the BSB commentary box. My shift has now come to an end, and I will not be returning in 2022. My whole life has centred around motorcycle racing. From standing trackside at Silverstone in the 1950s, to becoming formally involved in the paddock from 1960 onwards, and then by accident, moving into the commentary box some 56 years ago.
“I am currently 77 years of age and feel that now is the time to hang up the ’mic, so that for my remaining years, I can re-direct my undivided attention to the other love of my life, my wife Sandra, who for the 51 years that we have been married, has without complaint played second fiddle to my world of motorcycle racing.
“I’ve had a blast and would do it all over again in a heartbeat. But for me, the show is now over, and it only remains for me to say this one last time: From myself, Fred Clarke, it’s goodbye my friends, and thank you so much for listening.”
Highlights of his career include commentating at 43 consecutive British Grands Prix, held at Silverstone and Donington Park, every World Superbike Championship meeting held in the UK, and the hugely popular TransAtlantic Match Races, which began in 1971, plus being series commentator at BSB and its predecessor.