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Unread post by Hanks Racing » Mon Mar 13, 2017 1:04 pm

There is no easy way to announce this:
The time has come ,
Roy has decided to retire from racing, as of now.

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Re: Roy

Unread post by brian b » Mon Mar 13, 2017 3:41 pm

About time too!!!!.Give the youngsters a chance
Rose will need to buy him a pipe and slippers

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Re: Roy

Unread post by kew » Mon Mar 13, 2017 5:23 pm

Roy, dig out a BSA and come classic racing.
I took the shell off my racing snail thinking it would make him faster.
It just made him more sluggish.

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Re: Roy

Unread post by sidecarracer51 » Mon Mar 13, 2017 6:35 pm

Happy retirement Roy, you served your sentence, best of luck in the future, whatever you choose to do.

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Re: Roy

Unread post by smithy1 » Mon Mar 13, 2017 10:20 pm

Wow, I didn't see this coming.Thanks for all the help,mickey taking ,and just being there.Enjoy whatever your next adventure is going to be.Most of all thanks for the friendship that I know will continue.


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Re: Roy

Unread post by oldbelly » Mon Mar 13, 2017 11:09 pm

Rose can have a rest now. All the best Roy.

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Re: Roy

Unread post by jonesy » Tue Mar 14, 2017 10:11 am

All the very best Roy enjoy your retirement hope to bump into ya at some point spectating..

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Unread post by racer1008 » Tue Mar 14, 2017 10:18 am

Roy. The paddock will not be the same without you I wish you a long and happy retirement . My only mate

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Re: Roy

Unread post by Fanch » Tue Mar 14, 2017 1:01 pm

What an idea !!!

The first time I saw some orange and black helmets, it was at Rouen - Les Essarts in 1974.

I can't forget that weekend !!
En Bretagne, on dit qu'il pleut souvent, mais la pluie ne mouille que les cons !!
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Re: Roy

Unread post by sidecarcop » Tue Mar 14, 2017 2:56 pm

Cycled down to Brands to watch Roy and Norman on the unfaired BSAs back in early 70s. never dreamed at the time I would go on to spend many years sharing the paddock with them, enjoy the rest Roy and hope to see you around the paddock.
BEARs sidecar 'Its racing Jim, but not as we know it' ;)

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Re: Roy

Unread post by Dave Mallon » Tue Mar 14, 2017 8:55 pm

Hi Roy, Its a sad to hear you are hanging up your leathers .I know the FSRA lads will miss you along with Smithy and Pat but i hope we will still see you around some circuits.The TT will not seem the same with no Hanks name in the program.
All the best to you and the family for the future and thanks for the help you gave me.
Dave Mallon

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Re: Roy

Unread post by john holden » Tue Mar 14, 2017 9:33 pm

Sad news will miss Roy around the paddock Roy Hanks is synonymous with sidecar racing first TT I have a photo setting off for practice in my orange jacket just ahead of in awe and I have never lost the respect for Roy
Enjoy whatever you do next Roy

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Re: Roy

Unread post by David Stewart » Thu Mar 16, 2017 11:02 am

That's both sad and also really something special.

Roy has been a part of motorcycle sport for as long as I can remember, as a competitor, member of the ACU Committee and more recently as a Director. His work with the Benevolent Fund is often overlooked as he goes about his business in this respect quietly and diligently.

I have often found myself on the opposite side of a debate from Roy, but I have always respected his views and understood that they were often based on experience that I didn't have because he had been around for so long and seen so much.

I wish him a very happy retirement from racing, but at the same time hope that he still keeps up his involvement in all forms of the sport.

Many words could be used to describe Roy:-
Tenacious, stubborn, likeable, knowledgeable, approachable, helpful, competitive, or even statesmanlike.

However, the two words that I think are most appropriate are "Sportsmanlike" & "Awesome"

Happy retirement Roy.

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