Barry Sheene
Page updated 12-Jan-2011
Quote from Barry Sheene - A Will to Win by Michael Scott: "1970 also marked his first race on a big four-stroke. He rode a Norton at Brands Hatch, one of the Gus Kuhn 750 Commando-based racers with a Seeley frame, finishing in seventh place, a rare outing on all British racer."

Barry also made his second (and last) endurance race outing in 1970 at Barcelona. He was partnering Pat Mahoney on the Gus Kuhn Norton. GK were campaigning two bikes for this event and the plan was for Pat and Barry to set an early scorching pace, hopefully lead the race and perhaps break the lap record. They were not expected to finish but rather to go out in a blaze of glory. The other Norton, ridden by Tom Dickie and Ron Wittich was to 'plod' around steadily to the end. Needless to say, like all the best laid plans, it didn't work. The Dickie/Wittich bike expired after nine hours while Pat and Barry raced around for sixteen hours, maintaining second place most of the time.

Barry Sheene on Gus Kuhn Norton at Silverstone 1970
Photo copyright Maurice Spalding
from the Gus Kuhn archive.

Later that same year, Barry needed an additional bike to his Yamahas to take to Scarborough. He borrowed a Gus Kuhn Seeley Norton and finished third in the Gold Cup Race.

This picture was taken during a test session at Silverstone when Barry asked to 'have a go' on it. He was having problems with his own machines and, as he wasn't sure if it was the bikes or himself, asked to try something else to see how he felt.

Barry was always a good friend of the Gus Kuhn team, often calling in at the Stockwell shop for a cup of coffee if he was passing. When the Gus Kuhn Suzuki Centre was established a few years later, by which time he was World Champion, he was pleased to come and officially open it.