Obit­u­ary: John Holmes

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West­mor­land Mo­tor Club’s John Holmes passed away at the be­gin­ning of Oc­to­ber 2018, aged 79. The ta­lented Cum­brian bike builder had been known in more re­cent years as the builder of suc­cess­ful spe­cials which rid­ers such as Tony Calvert took to vic­tory in events as pres­ti­gious as the Pre-65 Scot­tish. Much of John’s work was ac­com­plished in a quiet way util­is­ing hack­saws and files on ma­te­ri­als sourced from such un­likely places as Hill­man Imp or Volk­swa­gen cars. His tal­ents didn’t stop there as he con­structed frames from oval tub­ing, as did the Honda fac­tory, when mak­ing his own ver­sion of an RTL Honda. This talent for mak­ing things had tended to over­shadow his ear­lier rid­ing ca­reer which in­cluded win­ning three Scott spoons and be­ing counted as one of only nine Bri­tish finishers from 77 starters in the su­per tough Manx ISDT of 1965.

John’s fu­neral was held at Beetham Cre­ma­to­rium, Mil­nthorpe. Our thoughts go to his wife Mau­reen and daugh­ters Kate and Lisa.

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