Wednesday, June 09, 2010

82 YEAR OLD WINS AT ISLE OF MAN

From The York Press Online:

By Mark Stead:

ANYBODY who thought the world of high-powered motorbike racing is a young man’s game should try telling that to Ted Fenwick.
The 82-year-old grandfather from York left his rivals trailing in his wake when he led from start to finish to win the opening race of the Isle of Man TT fortnight, one of the biggest events in the sport’s calendar.
Mr Fenwick, from York, beat competitors a quarter of his age on his 250cc Ducati, which he first rode 28 years ago. He triumphed in the Pre-TT Classis on the island’s Billown circuit for the third time, having finished runner-up in both of the previous two years.
Having caught the motorbiking bug as a teenager and with 58 years of racing, plus his share of broken bones, under his belt, he has no plans to retire just yet.
He said: “I just enjoy riding the bike and I enjoy competing, because I get a real thrill from the speed of it.

“A lot of the people I race against are much younger and probably more fearless, but it doesn’t really matter, although when I started racing I never thought I would still be doing it now.
“I’ve been in hospital with things like a fractured pelvis and I broke my neck, arm and back in 1968, but I haven’t had a serious injury since 1972 and I’ll keep racing as long as I keep getting up in the morning.”

[above, Fenwick in 1960 at the Barbon Hillclimb]
Mr Fenwick insists his success and longevity is a team effort between him and his friend Geoff Shaw, who is in charge of preparing the bike for events, and said: “I couldn’t do it without him.
“My wife Margaret is also very supportive, although she would still be pleased if I stopped racing. But while I wouldn’t say I’ve got better with age, I’ve definitely become more careful.”
The Pre-TT Classic races are run by the Southern 100 Motorcycle Racing Club, whose secretary, George Peach, said: “For a man of Ted’s age to still be competing and winning is absolutely amazing.
“He doesn’t look in his eighties and he certainly doesn’t act it. He’s a superb rider, he thoroughly deserved to win and everybody was delighted for him.”

8 comments:

Rudder & Chris B. said...

inspirational... TO SAY THE LEAST

Grandpa Jimbo said...

Notice what's on his right front fork tube.... it's a bicycle speedometer! Like you can buy at your local bike store for about $10 US. He's not only a good rider but frugal as well.

Jim A. Tucson

Lucky Monkey said...

amazing ,inspiring !

Clipstock said...

True Burt Munro spirit. Absolutely amazing and a testament to humanity!

coho said...

So there really does exist at least one old bold rider.

I would love to be half as good, I mean, I am half his age...

Blythe59 said...

Yes very inspirational and an all round good egg, by the way I think the item on the fork leg is a transponder
Regards
Blythe59
Nr York

steve english said...

"Notice what's on his right front fork tube.... it's a bicycle speedometer! Like you can buy at your local bike store for about $10 US. He's not only a good rider but frugal as well."

Looks like an AMB Transponder holder without the transponder in.

Rodney777 said...

Pretty freaking inspiring and amazing if you ask me. That's the life right there!