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Competitor Profile: L Stuart Graham

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Stuart Graham started racing in 1961 on a Honda 125cc Benly, but it was not long before his natural talent saw him come under the guidance of well-known sponsor Bill Webster. Armed with a 250cc Aermacchi he soon achieved his first win at his local Prees Heath Short Circuit. Bill’s untimely death in early ’63 meant the loss of the then popular Italian single cylinder machines, but he was soon back in the saddle this time AJS and Matchless machines provided by Jim Ball of Blackpool. Nineteen Sixty-four saw the son of 1949 500cc World Champion, Les Graham make his TT debut on the immaculately prepared British singles finishing 37th in the Junior and 19th in the Senior. 1965 provided a 17th placing on the AJS and his only TT D.N.F on the Matchless. Twelve months later he had been catapulted into the massive Honda works team of that year and from the ‘leisurely paced’ British marques to the multi-cylinder magic of the Japanese 250 6’s! Despite his unfamiliarity with the works machine, the ‘pairing’ gave the Tokyo bosses an encouraging result – runner up to his team mate Mike Hailwood. His expected call up for the 1967 season, failed to materialise from Honda, due to their racing programme cutbacks. Instead Suzuki invited him for tests and he agreed to ride their 125 and 50cc two strokes for that season, including the Diamond Jubilee TT. Again he did not disappoint, splitting the Yamaha’s of Read and Motohashi for 2nd place in the Lightweight 125cc TT and winning the 50cc TT on the miniature twin cylinder Suzuki.

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