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Competitor Profile: Roger Bowler

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Roger, whose full name was Roger David Bowler, was born in March 1944, in London, to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bowler. During the period I knew him, they lived in various flats in North London, moving to Redhill and then to Crawley by the mid 1960s. After school he spent a short time working as a post office engineer, but moving on to work as a civilian mechanic at a REME depot near Crawley, up until the time we last met in early 1970. Roger had an incredible sense of humour with an ability to deflate pomposity. I also remember him for his single-minded (perhaps bloody-minded) pursuit of motorcycles, motorcycling and motorcycle racing.

Roger's first motorbike was a 250 cc BSA C10 of doubtful age purchased in about 1961. A 1958 600c Norton Dominator quickly replaced it. His serious racing career started in 1966 on my 1960 500cc Velocette. His first ever win was on this bike in 1966 at Brands Hatch.

He also entered a few sprint events riding my 1932 250cc Rudge, but without success. 1966 also saw his first entry into the MGP. He entered his Dominator, by now fitted with a 500cc motor. He did not race as the bike blew-up in practice. Shortly after this, he was sponsored on both Husquavarna's and Triumphs. Unfortunately,

I cannot remember the name of his sponsor. It was a Triumph dealer not too far from his Crawley residence. Roger did introduce us during that last visit in 1970, and I remember a very thoughtful and humorous gentleman who treated me very well, but unfortunately, his name escapes me.

Information kindly provided by Ian Simpson

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