Reg Everett

Classic Racer - - PADDOCK GOSSIP -

Reg Everett sadly passed away on Novem­ber 3 fol­low­ing a pro­longed ill­ness. He was 78 years old. As an un­known club racer, he ap­proached Greeves in 1961 and asked for works back­ing, which was not forth­com­ing. How­ever, they agreed to sup­ply him with one of their mo­tocross engines, which Reg fit­ted into a mod­i­fied Greeves road bike frame. This was the pro­to­type racer that gave birth to the suc­cess­ful Sil­ver­stone. He pow­ered it to vic­tory in his first race on it at Brands Hatch on April 1, 1962. He rode a Sil­ver­stone in the 1964 250cc Isle of Man TT, fin­ish­ing eighth and was the first Bri­tish bike home. How­ever, Reg was best known for his ex­ploits on Ted Broad’s Yamaha TD1A, on which he achieved 25 wins and nu­mer­ous podi­ums, fin­ish­ing run­ner-up in the 250cc Bri­tish Cham­pi­onship in 1965, 1966, and 1967. He also be­came the Crystal Palace lap and race record-holder and win­ner of the 1967 250cc King of Brands race. He was also one of only a hand­ful of peo­ple to have rid­den a works Yamaha RD56. Reg re­tired pre­ma­turely in 1968 at the age of 27 to con­cen­trate on his very suc­cess­ful busi­ness ca­reer. His fi­nal race was on the Vic Camp 250cc Du­cati, on which, to­gether with Paul Smart, he won the Barcelona 24-Hour Race at Mon­tjuïc Park, beat­ing the fac­tory Bul­ta­cos and Mon­te­sas. Apart from be­ing re­mem­bered for his racing, Reg was al­ways one of the best dressed gen­tle­men in the pad­dock and at other mo­tor­cy­cle re­lated events, re­splen­dent in his cra­vat. He leaves be­hind his wife Veron­ica, son Scott and grand­son James. Words: Rogertt­timms Pho­to­graph: Mor­tons Ar­chive.

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