Frank Sheene dies, aged 96

Published: 03 August 2008

Frank Sheene, father of former Grand Prix racer Barry Sheene, has died at the age of 96.

Frank, or Franco as he was affectionately known, passed away peacefully at his home in Australia.

Frank spent the most of his life tuning and building bikes and helped Barry Sheene with his bike racing career, even when he was riding for a factory Grand Prix team Frank would be on hand with a spanner and advice.

As well as helping Barry, Frank also played a big part in many other racers careers.

Frank leaves behind his daughter Maggie Smart, married to ex-racer Paul Smart and grandchildren Scott Smart (Current British Superbikes racer) and Paula Smart.

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