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Competitor Profile: A R [Bob] Foster

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Bob Foster’s TT statistics do not at first appear to be awe-inspiring; 17 starts, 11 retirements and only 6 finishes. However, those six chequered flags included 6th twice, 2nd once and 1st twice. His first victory came in the 1936 Lightweight TT riding a New Imperial setting a new race record at 74.28 mph. Bob’s second win came in the Junior Race of the first meeting after the end of the war, bringing a Velocette home at an average of 80.31 mph in what was deemed a Velocette ‘white wash’ as the marque took the first four places. Away from the TT, A R Foster competed in the World Championships in 1949 and 1950 on Velo’s, taking runner up position in the first year and going one better in the latter. He retired from the world stage after taking the title, to concentrate on his motor business in Dorset, although he rode one last time in the Island in ’51 gaining a sixth place in the Junior TT on his faithful Velo.

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