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Gallery: motorbikes at the 77th Goodwood Members’ Meeting

Published: 06 April 2019

Amid the tweed and public-school games, a new motorbike race made its debut at the 77th Members’ Meeting down at the Goodwood circuit last weekend. The Barry Sheene trophy was a 20-minute Formula 750 grid for bikes that raced up to 1972. Action began on Saturday with practice at 1:15pm, and the main race 10:20am on Sunday.

The line-up of 29 bikes and their riders is listed below, but big names aiming for the podium included James Hillier and Guy Martin. There are Brit bikes from Norton, Triumph, Seeley and BSA, taking on international entrants from Harley-Davidson, Honda and Seeley-Yamaha.

Formula 750 – a potted history

In 1970 the American Motorcycle Association (AMA) took the decision to transform its headline racing series into a 750cc formula. This caught the attention of mainstream manufacturers, and the resulting grid became synonymous with extremely high-powered bikes, some crazy riders, and subsequently the now-infamous Daytona 200 race.

Working on a clutch ahead of practice on Saturday

Fast-forward to 1972 and the series came to Imola in Italy. A year later its success prompted a British-based Formula 750 championship, which was won by a 23-year-old Barry Sheene on a Suzuki. This is where the new Members’ Meeting race got its name.

The Barry Sheene Trophy grid at the 77th Goodwood Members’ Meeting

Below is the full entry list for the F750 Barry Sheene Trophy:

Number

Year

Model

Entrant

Rider

3

1970

Robinson Norton

Ron Willis

James Hillier

4

1972

Seeley Mk2 Commando

Andrew Wilson

Richard Wilson

8

1972

Rob North Triumph T150

Dorian Eardley

Guy Martin

17

1971

Rob North Triumph T150

Ken Perch

Stuart Tonge

20

1970

Triumph Dresda

Dave Degens

Roger Skipp

24

1972

Harley-Davidson XR750TT

Brett Randall

Brett Randall

30

1970

Honda CR750

Vince Cundall

Vince Cundall

33

1972

Triumph TR3

Jim Lomas

Chris Moore

37

1971

Triumph Bonneville

Gerald Smith

Max Hunt

41

1972

Rob North Triumph T150

Paul Bowling

Paul Bowling

42

1972

RPS Triumph Trident

P&M Motorcycles

Andy Horby

49

1969

Rickman-Waslake Metisse

Richard Hann

Richard Hann

50

1972

Rob North Triumph T150

Paul Bowling

Graham Higlett

54

1972

Seeley-Weslake

Ian Steltner

Ian Steltner

63

1972

Jim Lee Rickman Triumph 8V

Chris Tyler

Chris Tyler

64

1972

Rob North BSA Rocket 3

Dorian Eardley

Dorian Eardley

67

1972

Hadleigh Honda

Chris Wilson

Gordon Russell

68

1970

Norton Atlas

Richard Adams

Michael Russell

70

1969

Smith Honda CR750

Andy Smith

Rob Wittey

74

1972

Yamaha-Seeley ‘Yamsel’ TR3

Jamie O’ Brien

Jamie O’ Brien

78

1969

Rob North BSA Rocket 3

Nick Izzard

Dean Stimpson

79

1971

Rob North Triumph T150

Nick Izzard

Keith Clarke

96

1972

Rob North Triumph T150

Mike Dolittle

Mike Dolittle

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