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Michelle Ann Duff

Re: Michelle Ann Duff

Postby Snotzo » Mon Mar 24, 2014 3:07 pm

No 24 is definitely Rex Butcher

Additional rider identified
No 50 - Percy May

Corrections to my earlier post
No 30 was not Ron Chandler but Barry Randall
No 47 was not Kel Carruthers but Brian Ball
John Cooper started on the outside of the grid and was already gone and out of the picture.

It was the post TT meeting, 1968

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Re: Michelle Ann Duff

Postby nickguzzi » Tue Mar 25, 2014 12:39 am

Until '77, the TT was the UK's FIM GP. Unless you were able to get time off to visit the IoM, the Post TT at Mallory was likely your only chance to see the works teams and the Continental Circus.
The start money was good (apparently) so independant riders wanted in. The publicity was huge so the Works teams went too.
Real foreign travel,ie Europe, was a bit of a rarity in the early '60, becoming more common towards the '70's. Perhaps no more difficult/expensive than a trip on the Manx Maid.
A friend's SiL took part in the last bike trip to Moscow, early '60's ? I vaguely remember it was organised by the Velo club (HQ just down the road). He even got mentioned in the local paper!
The Soviets banned solo motocycles from visiting because - they claimed - they could not carry sufficient fuel to get from station to station. Or perhaps a reciprocal action against U2 overflights?
Sorry for topic drift.

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Re: Michelle Ann Duff

Postby acotrel » Wed Mar 26, 2014 12:06 pm

If anyone has other photos like this from this period, would you please paste a link ? I would love to see them. I'd never taken much interest in Mike Duff's racing career, however his book gives a good insight into who was who and what happened. To my mind that period was the one where the biggest changes occurred. I know we cannot turn the clock back, and our historic racing can never do that. However it is really great to read something so candid and honest, it shows a bit history which I consider to be important. It was at about the time that the Norton Commando arrived, and one of the reasons that I really like something so horrible, is that they capture much of what we have lost with the advent of modern four cylinder, deltabox framed MotoGP bikes. I don't own a standard commando, however I really admire them with all of their idiosyncrasies.
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Re: Michelle Ann Duff

Postby Snotzo » Wed Mar 26, 2014 2:56 pm

try the following
http://www.mortonsarchive.com

You should find plenty there to keep you occupied for some time

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Re: Michelle Ann Duff

Postby acotrel » Thu Mar 27, 2014 11:01 am

That is where the photo I posted came from. I've looked and haven't been able to find more coloured photos of the grid from those fifties or sixties races. I you find any, would you please paste the link ? I've read bits and pieces about that era for many years, however at that time I was in my twenties, married with kids - so I didn't get to see any of that stuff. The Youtube videos are great, however you don't really get time to scrutinize the start line-up. In about 1976 we ran the Australian TT at Laverton Airforce Base near Melbourne, and I watched Ago and a lot of other internationals race our top guys. Ken Blake beat Ago using a brand new RG500, which created a sensation. However that was as close as I ever got to an international meeting in those days. I look back with a lot of sadness realizing that if I'd made the sacrifice, I might have gotten to Europe and seen the best that road racing ever was. MotoGP is a big disappointment to me.
I think the photo I've posted is probably the nicest that I've ever seen.
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Re: Michelle Ann Duff

Postby wot » Thu Mar 27, 2014 2:52 pm

I knew of Mike Duff way back then, didn’t know him personally, but he was good friends with one of my best friends, Bob Williams of Windsor, Ontario. Bob bought Mike’s factory Norton Manx and owned it for several years. In 2007, both Bob and Michelle (Mike) were inducted into the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame and I attended the induction ceremonies in Toronto. Wonderful evening. Had a beer with Yvon Duhamel, who was also being inducted, and his son Miguel who was a top AMA roadracer at the time. When Michelle was inducted she gave us probably twenty minutes of old racing stories. Could have listened for hours. Had a beer with Michelle afterwards. The change thing didn’t bother me at all. His/her choice to my mind. Hell of a racer.

http://motorcyclehalloffame.ca/class_of_2007.htm

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Re: Michelle Ann Duff

Postby acotrel » Fri Mar 28, 2014 4:56 am

I'm Australian - we are all homophobic. It was really funny when my step-daughter was living with a gay guy who used to hit on all her friends boy-friends. My wife told me he was gay, and when I was introduced to him, without thinking I automatically lowered my voice as I said 'hello' and shook his hand. I'd always thought that gays guys did not worry me, however at the time I thought to myself 'what a weak bastard I am'. I wouldn't like to have those gender issues, however Michelle seems to have handled it well.
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Re: Michelle Ann Duff

Postby norton_rider » Mon Mar 31, 2014 5:31 pm

had the pleasure of having a chat to Michelle a few years ago really awesome woman and to go what she went through takes a hell of a lot of guts thats for sure but knowing a few peeps that have gone through it its a propper life or death do or die thing an judging by her parade lap on the classic yam race team bike on the island she can still hustle a bike thats for sure
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Re: Michelle Ann Duff

Postby acotrel » Tue Apr 01, 2014 4:07 am

She gives me a real problem with her book. I identify with her mindset, and looking at the Canadian video about her, there is a strong warning there - the crashes are too big. Back when it was all happening, I didn't take too much notice of her. Reading the book, and seeing a few videos of her racing - pretty impressive, especially being competitive on the IOM against the four cylinder 350s with an AJS 7 R. I believe that video might be on the same disc as - Duke Video 'The Right Line'
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Re: Michelle Ann Duff

Postby acotrel » Sun May 04, 2014 10:00 pm

The photo galleries on mike's web site are interesting :

http://www.michelle-duff.ca/index.html
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