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Dave Thorp

Hi, I started racing in 1972 aboard a Greeves Silverstone. My first meeting was either the June or July meeting at Lydden. I have an abiding memory of being overtaken by Dave Potter exiting the 180 degree curve during the mixed practice. He was travelling a great deal faster than me and his wheels tracked in a groove and he got this huge wriggle on. I thought he was going to lose it big time but he stayed on. Being totally green and new to racing it quite shocked me. At the end of that year I moved to the north and only did a few early meetings at Lydden in 1973 racing until mid 1978. I started classic racing again in 2004 (and still racing) but that's another story.

I remember that in either that year (or both) years, Graham Sharp had an externally identical bike to Dave Potter and they were parked together in the paddock but he wasn't getting the same sort of results. It was said at the time that he was a customer and his was a customer machine rather than him being a Gus Kuhn sponsored rider but I don't know how true that was.

I hope this provides a tiny bit more information in the Gus Kuhn Motors history. Best regards