delighted to have that stalwart of the South East and National:
Stan: Thank you for agreeing to answer a few questions
for the many fans that still remember you from the past:
1: You first began your career
in 1960 aged 20 and I believe started out on JAPs before switching
to Hagons in 1962. Who built your early bikes?
A: I started when I was 21, as I was in Guys Hospital for ten months
when I was 17-18 years old, after an operation on my spine. My
first bikes were my very own efforts, which were not very good! The
Hagons were like riding in an armchair.
2: You and Brother in Law Tony Black, first
came to my attention at the 1964 Sleaford Nationals. Although not selected
for the SE Team (Luckhurst/Godden/Angear/Simmonds) you both rode in
the individual races, Tony getting a 4th and you a 6th in the 350 Final.
What do you recall of that September day?
A: Not very much I’m afraid. I was just pleased to be in
the Nationals and riding against all the top riders of the day.
3: The following year at Bocking you
again just rode in the Individual Championship races, getting a 2nd
to DVG in the 500s, ahead of Luckhurst-Maxted-Simmonds and Alf Hagon.
Did this result ask you to question why your were not selected again
for the SE Team?
A: Not really as the South East could field a very strong team.
4: Your style of riding was very much ‘keep
it tight on the line and make them go round me’ much like Tig
Perry. Would it be true to say that you ‘ignored fancy riding
and concentrated on finishing’.
Was this a concisions decision?
A: The main reason that I rode that way was that I was trying to
copy Alf Hagon’s
style of riding. It was also easier because of the problems with
5: During the years
of the ‘multi-round Championships from 1966 till your retirement
in 1973, you scored at regular intervals getting a 2nd in the 350s
in 1967 and 3rd in 1968. Why do you think you went better on a 350,
and did you find the system confusing as the format changed from year
A: I liked riding the 350, but I also had some good results on
the 500. I was the 500 SE Champion, and got a 2nd & 4th in the
Nationals on the 500. The scoring system WAS confusing, but it did
not bother me too much.
6: The 350 Final at Rhodes Minnis in
1967 was controversial in that you ‘won’ the 350 title
it’ after a protest for clipping a marker flag. What was that
A: It was all on the last corner in the third leg. It was a bit
dusty coming up the hill, the sun was setting and getting low and in
your eyes. I went inside of two flags un-intentionally.
7: You had some good races at the
early Lydden meetings scraping with the likes of Neil Smith and Bill
Hayward. How did you like riding at the Boarded track?
A: I loved it, as it was such a good meeting, well-organised and
attracted good crowds.
8: You at last achieved your ambition
of being the National 350 Champion with 14 points, at that ill-fated
meeting at Bocking on Sept 23rd 1973. If I recall there was talk of
the meeting being abandoned (in fact the sidecar crews withdrew as
a mark of respect) but the solos completed all 3 legs. There were press
reports at the time that Tony had done ‘some
work’ on the motor for that meeting. What had he done to give
you that edge on the day?
A: I was on my own 350 bike that day. I rode Tony Black’s
bike at the Rhodes Minnis Nationals in 1967.
9: You I think once said that you were
never going to get sponsorship because ‘I’m just not spectacular
Do you think that had you gone onto ride in 1974 as a Champion that
would have changed?
A: No, I don’t think so as I was happy to make my own decisions.
10: Do you ever go to meetings nowadays, and
if so who has caught your eye?
A: I only go to about two meetings a year and Paul Hurry is the
man to beat.
Thank you Stan and for that interesting insight into your riding