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Discussion in 'Australia' started by Ready set slow, Sep 4, 2020.
... and promptly snotted the armo fence...
Elon Musk's early ventures into roadracing should have been a tip-off...
Graham Wood Ron Haslam
Another sidecar one
A young eddie lawson
That's a happy looking sidecar
I'm unsure if you were suggesting this picture was of John Surtees. It is often credited as being John Surtees scratching on his father’s Vincent in the 1950s. But it’s been proven now, by his own acknowledgement - and that of an official apology - that it’s not.
It is Mark Forsyth, journalist and writer for (at the time) Performance Bikes. Here's his mea culpa.
It's not often I get mistaken for anybody, especially somebody famous. Someone did mistake me for the athlete Mark Forsyth once but obviously that was a telephone mistake, I'm hardly the build for hurdles.
However, I've never been mistaken for a double F1 and 500cc World Champion before. Until today.
I'd like to take this opportunity to apologize to the extremely talented John Surtees whose utter mastery of two, three and four wheels is already written in the stone tablets of history. I would also like to categorically state that at no time have I ever sought to mimic his magnificence or steal his thunder in any way, shape or form.
So it was odd when it was pointed out to me that there was a picture of me on several websites where the authors were claiming that I was, in fact, John Surtees. Apparently he's got a book out at the moment and clearly somebody had been doing bit of mis-guided Google image searchery.
The pic in question was taken by a Mr David Goldman back in 1988 on a shoot for Performance Bikes magazine (still on sale at all good newsagents) and had obviously been scanned from an old issue and - in blatant disregard for any copyright issues - been posted all over the public domain that is the web. Who'd be a photographer, aye?
John Surtees hanging off and dragging his knee? It's almost sacrilege.
No the circus chimp in the picture is me, not John Surtees. It wasn't big nor was it particularly clever but it was a shot to highlight a story we'd done on the history of knee-sliding.
Let that be the end of the matter.
The man in the picture from more recent times. Mark Forsyth, a very talented journalist and rider.
Yes, I have known that for some time, and it is the reason that only the first photo is captioned as being John Surtees while the second is not.
And firefighter too, apparently....
... google searching for a photo of Forsyth parked outside a McDonalds or Starbucks...
his linkedin resumé will start growing exponentially...
There's a full-page colour photo in an old issue of AMCN somewhere that has (from memory) Robbie Phillis leaned right over for the run onto the straight at Lakeside, and it is a really nice shot just for that alone, but what made it special is that Michael Dowson was also in the shot but almost totally obscured by Phillis, all you could see of him was a very thin red-coloured hairline around the inside of Phillis and his bike - a really stunning opportunist photo. I have been trying to locate it but no luck so far.