8th June 2014

East Fortune - Bob McIntyre memorial meeting

 

Today I had a super day photographing the classic bikes at the Bob McIntyre classic, it was fantastic seeing the racing enthusiasts with their many and varied classic machines. This was my first visit to the race track but it certainly wont be my last. I admit to knowing nothing about the man the meet honours but this is what I have been able to find out...

Robert McGregor McIntyre was born in Scotstoun in Glasgow in 1928. He worked in the shipyards on the Clyde and then for motorcycle dealers Cooper Brothers of Troon, who were also his first racing sponsors.

Bob  thrilled motorcycle racing spectators wherever he went. He possessed an incredible determination to win, astonishing concentration levels and his racing style was to go flat out to test his machines and his rivals to their limits.

His career is most memorable for his one-hour speed record at Monza in 1957 and his Isle of Man Junior and Senior TT wins that year, when, riding a Gilera 500cc, he also became the first rider to complete a lap at an average speed of over 100 mph.

Bob was also a proficient mechanic, and helped to design the bikes he raced. He was a popular figure at race meets, forever signing autographs and encouraging inexperienced competitors.

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