Monday, March 17, 2008

Supergran's half century in racing

2.jpgSheelagh Neal rode in the first race in October 1957. It was a sprint at Witchford in Cambridgeshire and she was the passenger in a Scott Flyer sidecar piloted by her father Ossie.
She was 14 years old. Sheelagh celebrated her 64th birthday in June and she is still racing. In fact she has not missed a single season since that debut. She and husband David White will be among those in action at the VJMC’s Festival of 1000 Bikes at Mallory on 14 and 15 July. Between them they own a stable of road race, hill climb and sprint machines, some of which were raced by Sheelagh’s father before her. Pride of the collection is a works Scott outfit campaigned in the very first sidecar TT in 1923. Sheelagh’s father bought it from the factory the following year and used it in his job as a plumber. How much is it worth now? Don’t ask. The picture shows Sheelagh with husband and the outfit in the garden of her Cambridgeshire home.
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