Forefather of North-East racing dies

Steve Binns – the man credited with bringing organised motorcycle racing to the North-East – has died at the age of 87.

A founding member of the North-East Motorcycle Racing Club, which he helped organise after his return from the Second World War, Steve dedicated himself to race and rider safety.

A Tyneside railway worker by profession, Steve devoted his spare time over three decades to acting as a safety inspector at local events and during Manx TT race week. He was also a qualified judge and attended races throughout Europe and the United States.

β€œHe was aware of the thrill and excitement of the sport but wanted to make sure it was all done with the greatest possible safety,” said his son-in-law the Reverend Jim Robertson.

Among the big name stars Steve supported with coaching and safety advice before his 1970s retirement from the sport was motorcycle Grand Prix winner Barry Sheene.

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Cliff Goodwin

By Cliff Goodwin