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Look who I bumped into..........

There's fast and there is really fast....
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He definitely qualifies for really fast.

I used to be fast....now I just dream about it.
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He definitely qualifies for really fast.
And still knows his way around a racetrack


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Yes a seriously fast man.

Saw him in his heyday and recently at Castle Combe in the UK on a Mike Hailwood tribute parade, he was riding a Honda 500 two stroke and hopefully he is returning this year for more parade laps.

The above pic was taken in Goa, India. It was India Bike Week, held on November 25th, in the Vagator Hills near Anjuna North Goa. Freedie was one of the guests of honour and gave a talk on his riding career, another guest was Leslie Porterfield.

Was nice to meet him and chat, he is a real gent.

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I'm well jealous Jimbo and would have loved to hear his talk on his riding career.

One of my hero motorcycle racers.. Complete class act in my book and must have massive cojones for riding those NSR500's

I once came close to meeting him in the flesh at Spa, but couldn't get any access to the "Great and The Good" hanging out area.

As a young teenager fan, I bought one of his replica HRC Arai helmets when they very first came out.. I had to loan the money from my parents at the time, as it cost me nearly a months pay back in the day and I had to have one

I only wore it once for a short bike ride, to test it out and for a little bit of posing... Put it straight back in its cover and Arai box. It's hasn't been out of its hibernation and seen the light of day for over 35 years..

Here are a few pics of my Freddie Spencer lid I took some years ago.

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When they give you a nickname that includes the word “Fast” you’re probably pretty bloody fast.

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Hi JDS and The Castle,

Freedie not only gave a talk on his riding career, he also took a number of questions from the audience. I was fortunate to get a question in and asked him for his recollections of what the NR500 four stroke was like to ride.

He was very honest in his appraisal of the 20,000rpm v4/v8 oval piston prototype, it was difficult to say the least, had to be kept above 8,000 rpm just to run but needed a minimum of 16,000rpm to make any progress. I saw him ride this bike at the GP at Siliverstone and he was just absolutely committed on every corner trying to fight the two strokes which dominated at the time.

In my opinion he was the most naturally gifted rider I have ever seen, unbelievable skills, and as I have seen the likes of Hailwood, Agostini, Roberts, Sheene and right through to the present day including Vale that gives you an idea of his talent.

Like you John I bought an Arai Spencer rep lid, rode with it for many, many years, I only retired it because the lining disintegrated in the end! I might even try to get a new Spencer Arai and try to track him down again for a signature on it.

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Like you John I bought an Arai Spencer rep lid, rode with it for many, many years...
Many many years Ago Fast Freddie and his ARAI
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Jimbo.. Freddie occasionally attends the Bikers Classic meeting in Spa and the Imola 200 Revival. You need to check out their events calendar to see if he's on the guest of honour list. He usually is.

I heard he was supposed ( invited as part of the VIP guests) to have been attending the new Festival of a 1000 Bikes at Mallory Park some years ago. I don't know if he actually turned up ?

I agree with your views that Fast Freddie was one the best naturally talented bike racers. I've been a fan of the man since my teens, even through his "Elvis Vegas years" when he was having some issues and put on a bit of timber.. Its nice to see he's back on the World VIP guest tours and has got his life back on track.

It would be great to bring back all these 2 Stroke Monster Race Bikes and have a Classic World Race series with a mix of Moto2 and WSBK racers. Mmmmmm 2 Stroke fumes !

Arcimboldo . Thanks for posting that video link.. That Honda was an awesome machine.

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The good news is Freedie now has a house in Richmond Surrey and is certainly back on the classic bike scene and the European and UK summer parade laps venues. I believe he will be in attendance at Castle Coombe classic bike meeting later this year where a big turn out of 500 strokers is promised. (This from the man himself whilst I chatted to him in Goa).

Great vid Arcimboldo.

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