My Dave Simmonds mem­ory

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Dear CR I have been sub­scrib­ing to Clas­sic Racer for a few years now and must con­grat­u­late you on con­tin­u­ing to pro­duce a very in­ter­est­ing and varied mag­a­zine every two months. In the lat­est issue, I par­tic­u­larly en­joyed the ar­ti­cle on Dave Simmonds; he was such a great rider who achieved a con­sid­er­able amount, ba­si­cally as a pri­va­teer. I saw him race a num­ber of times in the late Six­ties at the IOM TT, in­clud­ing 1969, the year he won the 125 race, lead­ing from start to fin­ish. I watched that race with my mate at the bot­tom of Bar­regar­row, sat on the hedge right on the apex of the bend. You can’t sit there any­more as it’s a pro­hib­ited area, like so many other great places we used to watch the TT from back then. Any­way, it was a warm, dry still morn­ing, as we waited for the first bike to ar­rive. In the dis­tance we could hear the high-pitched scream of a two-stroke as it ap­proached, get­ting louder and louder, till a bike burst into view at the top of Bar­regar­row. It was the race leader Dave Simmonds, flat on the tank tucked in be­hind the fair­ing, com­ing to­wards us at a hell of a speed right down the mid­dle of the road. He moved a lit­tle to the right side of the road be­fore heel­ing the bike over slightly and flash­ing round the bend and off down the straight. My mate ut­tered an ex­ple­tive ‘….. he wasn’t half mov­ing.’ He cer­tainly was very fast and very smooth. That’s my abid­ing mem­ory of Dave Simmonds. A great pity his life ended in the most tragic of cir­cum­stances. Archie Coul­ter Cheshire

Hello Archie, what a great letter to re­ceive – thank you. Your abid­ing mem­ory of Dave is a great way for him to be re­mem­bered, es­pe­cially given your mate’s ut­ter­ings too! Tony

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