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Jim Redman MBE, six times a TT winner, achieving a unique ‘hat trick’ of double wins in 1963, 1964 and 1965 in the Lightweight & Junior Races. Between 1958 and 1960 the British born Rhodesian competed on the Island mainly on Norton machinery gaining a best 7th placing the Formula One 350cc race in his debut year. His absolute determination to succeed resulted in his recruitment to the ‘mighty’ Honda factory after the 1960 TT. His debut ride on the four-cylinder 250cc machine resulted in a third place in the Lightweight race, followed by a fourth on the smaller 125cc twin later in the week 1962 saw him improve to second place in the 250cc class, gaining his first win twelve months later. Having tasted the sweet scent of victory on the Mountain Course Jim achieved a double when he added the Junior laurels to his Lightweight title – a feat he was to repeat in successive years, 1964 and 1965. 1962 and 1963 saw he win both the 250cc and 350cc world championships, retaining the 350cc championship in ’64 and ’65 giving him a total of six world titles to add to his six victories on the Island. Jim was awarded the MBE in recognition of his achievements. Now living in Durban, he still regularly attends the TT festival, riding in the ‘parade laps’ with great enthusiasm.

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