Spotted At Telford: Graham Noyce And Title-Winning Honda
Graham Noyce, one of Britain’s most popular off-road sporting figures, has made his first appearance on stage at the Putoline Classic Dirt Bike Show and is scheduled for further engagements across the weekend including the unenviable task of choosing the best motocross machine on display during the event at Telford’s International Centre.
He will return to the stage at 3pm this afternoon (Saturday, February 21) and then again at 11am tomorrow morning (Sunday, February 22). On display alongside is the factory 500cc Honda on which he captured the 1979 world Motocross championship and today marked the first time Graham has seen the machine in more than 20 years.
Tim Britton, editor of Classic Dirt Bike magazine and the man who conducted the earlier interview and will do so once again tomorrow, explains all…
Flamboyant Graham Noyce, the 1979 world Motocross champion, will renew his acquaintance with his title-winning factory 500cc Honda at the Putoline Classic Dirt Bike Show. ‘Rolls’ Noyce dominated British Motocross in the 1970s and early 80s to win numerous British crowns. After teaming up with Brad Lackey in the Honda factory team for the 1978 season, Graham became team leader for the following year, after Lackey went to Kawasaki, and simply dominated. He won the series at the penultimate round without even needing to win on that day. Graham has not seen his winning Honda for more than 20 years, since he rode the bike in the very early days of twin shock Motocross. All missing factory parts have now been located, and it’s just a battle against time to complete the rebuild before the show…
If you are attending the event and as you can see from the photograph, the rebuild was completed and Graham was reunited with his bike. Why not pop by and have a look for yourself? More information on the show, including ticket details and opening times, can be found on the Classic Bike Shows website.
Image – Graham Noyce alongside his world title-winning Honda at the Putoline Classic Dirt Bike Show