Join us on Saturday 14 October for an evening lecture with Stuart Graham.
Stuart Graham, a winner on both two and four wheels, has enjoyed a successful and unusual racing career. Born into a racing family, Stuart’s father was 1949 500cc World Champion and IOM TT winner, Les Graham, who suffered a fatal accident in the 1953 IOM TT riding an MV Agusta. This did not deter Stuart from following his own racing dreams.
Racing motorcycles from 1961-1970 Stuart progressed from 250 Aermacchi, to 350 AJS 7R and 500 Matchless G50 racing in his first IOM TT in 1964. Increasing success followed and impressive performances in the early Grand Prix of 1966 soon earned him a place in the factory Honda team as team mate to Mike Hailwood. In 1967 Stuart enjoyed a successful year with Suzuki including victory in the 50cc TT and a win in the Finnish Grand Prix. Suzuki’s sudden withdrawal from Grand Prix racing was a big blow to the sport and meant that Stuart’s World Championship ambitions remained unfulfilled. He retired from 2-wheel racing to establish a garage business.
By 1973 he had embarked on a very successful career in car racing, winning in his first season in Touring cars. In winning the RAC Tourist Trophy he became the first person since Freddie Dixon pre-war to win both bike and car TT’s. He achieved a unique record in 1975 when he repeated this victory. Throughout the decade Stuart continued to win Touring car races, titles and awards in the UK and abroad. Retiring in 1980 he felt his racing aspirations were satisfied but the offer of a sponsored Lola T70 GT car he had long admired proved too tempting. More success followed proving his versatility in cars of various eras.
Now in his 7th decade, Stuart still enjoys invitations to drive and race at prestigious events and has recently added the RAC Historic TT to his impressive list of wins.
The evening will commence at 7.30 pm in the Lecture Theatre of the National Motor Museum’s Collections Centre and finish at around 10.00 pm. The National Motor Museum will be open from 6.00pm for a private viewing at no extra charge. A pay bar will be available in the Collections Centre for the purchase of beers, wines and soft drinks.
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