Classic Racer

Magic Mick!

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Dear CR

I was so sorry to read in CR of Mick Hemmings' passing. I visited his shop in Overstone Road, Northampto­n some years ago when my wife and I went to purchase a load of parts and tyres for the Triton I was rebuilding. Apart from that one meeting I used to watch him at race meetings, usually shows like the 1000 bikes at Mallory Park.

While Angie put together the bits and pieces and chatted to my wife, Mick took me into his workshop and showed me round. There in the middle of the floor was Percy Tait's 500 Triumph which Mick was working on. What a treat. We had a cup of tea and a chat, and on leaving Mick gave me one of his degree timing discs, having seen my home-made one: “Don't tell me you use that. Here you better have this!” A lovely man: my sincere condolence­s to Angie and Steve.

The editor says: “I was lucky enough to meet Mick often – a legend and one that will be sadly missed.”

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