September 03, 2003


Memories of motorcycle ace Barry Sheene:

The Seventies icon thrilled bike fans with his "knee-out" style when cornering, the "wheelies" on the straight. Better still, the silky-skilled machismo that brought him two back-to-back world 500cc titles came with a raffish persona that delivered cheeky ripostes (what goes through your mind when you crash at 190mph? "Your arse," was his legendary reply), conquered women in droves and made light of his multiple post-crash reconstructive surgeries.

Speaking about things going through your mind ...

Posted by Tim Blair at September 3, 2003 06:31 PM

I have video of Kenny Roberts and Bazza having one of their duels at a british GP - there's a sequence of baz getting past kenny, both bikes a bit sideways as they come out of the corner, front wheels skipping the tarmac, riders low over the bikes....

and baz still has time to give kenny a long lingering look at his middle digit.

must go watch it now - thanks for the reminder

Posted by: magoo at September 3, 2003 at 10:19 PM

I used to run into Bazza while I was the Senior inspector at Brisbane Airport on a regular basis- Bazza was a true gent (and he signed my battered old Bell helmet as well). Barry found it most amusing that the quantity of metal in his lower limbs would set off overly sensitive metal detectors.
A funny bloke, and a real shame he croaked; also sad that towards the end he ventured off into the world of quackery.

Posted by: Habib Bickford at September 3, 2003 at 10:53 PM

I remember one of the first female sports journalists in the UK setting her cause back a decade or two when she described Sheene, much to his delight, I'm sure, as "the man with the throbbing power between his legs"...

Posted by: Iain Murray at September 4, 2003 at 01:47 AM

I was just given Bazza's life story on the weekend as a birhday gift. I can't wait to get into it and get an insight into motorcycling's number one show-man. Damn shame he went so young but his "treatments", as Habib points out, were never going to help. He never even considered radiation therapy.

Posted by: Jake D at September 4, 2003 at 10:21 AM