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I, like many of you I suppose, don’t know who Barry Sheene is. (If you do, be cool, don’t blast me in the comments) but I’m blown away that he just beat Joey Dunlop and Soichiro Honda out for induction into Motor Sport Hall of Fame

Friday, June 16th, 2017 by admin

Two-time world champion Barry Sheene was inducted into the Motor Sport Hall of Fame on 7 June. Sheene topped a 12-strong shortlist following a public vote, joining John McGuinness, Valentino Rossi and the late, great John Surtees among others

‘Fast Freddie’ Spencer raced against Sheene in the early 1980s and added his own memories: “In 1980, I was 18 and had never raced outside the US. I came over for a match race and won, beating Barry – but he was the first person to come up afterwards and say, ‘Good job’. Then, in 1982, I was signing autographs with him and we’d been there about an hour. I began to stir and he said, ‘Where are you going? We stay here until the last person has their signature’. That was the Barry I knew.”

http://www.thegentlemanracer.com/2017/06/berry-sheene-inducted-into-motor-sport.html

So i looked around online to learn a bit about him…

“The miracle of his consummate 1976 500cc world title was that it came a year after he emerged from the wreckage of his 175mph crash at Daytona, where he broke his leg, six ribs, his back, a wrist and his collarbone. When he came to in hospital, the first thing he did was ask the nurse for ‘a fag’. (Brit speak for cigarette)

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