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Remembering Chris Lowe - by Fred Clarke

Following the news that former MCD Director of Motorcycle Racing Chris Lowe has passed away, BSB Series Director Stuart Higgs invited legendary circuit commentator Fred Clarke to recount his thoughts.  

During the 1970s and early 1980s Chris Lowe was the most powerful man within British short circuit motorcycle racing.

Personally, I liked Chris a lot. He was a true gentleman, who despite his all powerful position within the multi circuit owning Motor Circuit Developments Group (MCD) he was always willing to make time for a quick chat, as well as expressing gratitude to those around him, including I remember fondly, to both Eddie Dow and myself as the circuit commentators for the job that we did. But above all else, it was his sharp and cutting wit that I liked best, with often times many a big named rider on the receiving end.   

Without doubt, Chris Lowe will be remembered, particularly by those of us who were there at the time, as the instigator and driving force (along with America based Brits Gavin Trippe & Bruce Cox) of the amazingly successful and never to be repeated, 'Anglo American Transatlantic Match Races', the series which effectively opened up the gates to Europe, and the World Championships for the likes of Kenny Roberts, Freddie Spencer, Steve Baker, Randy Mamola, and Eddie Lawson.

Fred Clarke 

 

Picture credit: Graham Etheridge

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