Sheene hall of fame

Barry fi­nally hon­oured by Bri­tish es­tab­lish­ment

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BET­TER LATE than never. It seems odd, but Bri­tain’s most fa­mous mo­tor­cy­cle World Cham­pion has only just been voted into Bri­tain’s only semi-of­fi­cial Hall Of Fame. One new name a year is in­ducted into the Mo­tor Sport (a mag­a­zine) Hall Of Fame by pub­lic vote and this year Barry Sheene fi­nally made it.

He joins John Sur­tees, Gi­a­como Agos­tini, Valentino Rossi and John Mcgui­ness. And yet Joey Dun­lop, Mike Hail­wood, Ge­off Duke and Wayne Rainey have yet to be voted in.

It would seem the Mo­tor Sport Hall Of Fame has, by de­fault, be­come Bri­tain’s de facto repos­i­tory for the fa­mous (and mostly de­serv­ing). The US has the AMA (Amer­i­can Mo­tor­cylist As­so­ci­a­tion) Hall Of Fame, Mo­togp has its Le­gends list, and yet our own gov­ern­ing body, the ACU (Auto Cy­cle Union) has noth­ing. Nor does the FIM (Fed­er­a­tion In­ter­na­tionale de Mo­to­cy­clisme).

Fred­die Spencer pre­sented the award to Sheene’s sis­ter Mag­gie Smart and his for­mer chief me­chanic Mar­tyn Og­borne. Fred­die said, “In 1980, I was 18 and had never raced out­side the US. I came over for a match race and won, beat­ing Barry – but he was the first per­son to come up af­ter­wards and say ‘Good job’. Then in 1982 I was sign­ing au­to­graphs with him and we’d been there about an hour. I be­gan to stir and he said, ‘Where are you go­ing? We’ll stay un­til the last per­son has their sig­na­ture’. That was the Barry I knew.”

Og­borne added, “World Cham­pi­ons are dif­fer­ent from nor­mal peo­ple.”

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