The world of sidecar racing is pretty small, but there are still 100’s of names out there, each with dozens of stories. Dick Hawes is a name I did not know until today, when I came across this piece about him on the Steve English website.
The Isle of Man TT is quite well known to motorcycle racers and it happens to be the absolute pinnacle of motorsport for us on-pavement sidecar racers. Dick Hawes managed some impressive results there, taking a podium back when the race was part of the world grand prix series. That’s no joke, as sidecars of that era were still very hard to control and a suffered serious failures. To have carried on from the 1960’s all the way to 2008 is astonishing.
My best wishes to Dick and those who know him.