Thursday, 27 August 2015
Named the ‘World's Greatest Motorcycle Racer’ by many, Jim Redman started his racing career as a Honda factory rider in 1960. One of GP’s most extraordinary racers and a true legend of motorcycle racing, Jim was awarded his MBE in 1964, the year in which he became the first rider in history to win three Grand Prix in a single day - a feat to this day, matched only by Jim's closest friend, Mike Hailwood. He was the first to ride the Honda Six and his success with the bike made the combination of the two unanimous as an unstoppable force in motorcycle racing. He still holds the world record for the most World Championships for Honda.
Following the crash at the 1966 Belgian Grand Prix that ended his career, Jim went on to enjoy huge success in other business ventures until, in 1995, he won the Daytona Speedway race at the age of 63, once again taking up a career in racing as a classic racer and demonstration rider.
Jim’s talk will begin at 7.30pm; before, the Museum will open from 6.00pm for a private viewing at no extra charge. Tickets at £10 (with all profits going to the National Motor Museum Trust) are available from Theresa Browning on 01590 614792. More info about the event.
Jim Redman MBE – Six Times World Motorcycle Champion - The Autobiography
The incredible rags-to-riches story of one of the world’s greatest motorcycle racers. From humble beginnings in 1930s London, to winning six world titles, Jim Redman MBE is one of GPs most extraordinary characters, and a true legend of motorcycle racing. After migrating to South Africa, he started his racing career in the mid-fifties, and was awarded an MBE in 1964 – a year that also saw him win three World Championships in a single day. Click here for more information about the book.