|Dr. George Cohen at the Brooklands Centenary in 2007|
|A favorite image of George Cohen blasting along on his 1927 Norton Model 18 TT racer on the Isle of Man|
|George and myself in 2008, with my Velocette KTT and Sunbeam TT90 - sorry no Nortons that day!|
|George on his only Sunbeam outing, in 2008|
|George with one of his many 'specials' built for customers like Dunhill.|
Another memorable moment with George came not on a bike, but in one of his select few cars, at the 2013 Vintage Revival Montlhéry meeting. He'd brought his c.1908 Brasier Voiture de Course after breaking down somewhere in France, while driving the all-chain drive monster all the way from his Somerset home. He'd sorted the brakeless beast, and was enjoying flying laps around the banking, and offered me a ride, which I accepted with something like fear. George drove like he rode, and the Brasier had no seat belts, roll bars, suspension to speak of, or front brakes, but it did have an enormous 12 Liter Hispano-Suiza V-8 OHC aeroplane engine with 220hp on tap! I put myself in the hands of Fate, and George. I climbed aboard, clinging to the scuttle, and filmed the ordeal with one hand, laughing 100% of the time, as he slid the rear end on the short corners, and got as high up the banking as he could, while the behemoth shuddered, roared, bucked, and squealed. Unforgettable, just like the man.
|With George in his epic 1908 Brasier de Course, with its 12 liter OHC Hispano-suiza aero engine, with 220hp! Insane for a car with no brakes, and all-chain drive...|
|George with the re-created Rem Fowler Norton, winner of the very first Isle of Man TT in 1907. He rebuilt the machine entirely after the disastrous National Motorcycle Museum fire.|
|Thumbs up George! I hate to say it, but goodbye friend.|
If you care to send a note to his wife Sarah and his family, I'll gladly forward George's address - shoot me an email.