Motorcycling ace James Ford tunes up for another Isle Of Man TT raid

IN FINE FORM -- James Ford.
IN FINE FORM -- James Ford.

Local motorcycle racer James Ford stepped up his preparations for another tilt at the Isle Of Man TT with a successful weekend at Croft Circuit, near Darlington.

Ford, a well-known face on the racing scene and a regular Isle Of Man top-five finisher, is the latest rider to sign for the Worksop-based team, Spencer Racing.

He was in the north-east to compete in the Classic Car Motorcycle Club Championships and was trying out his Spencer Yamaha 600 at Croft to ready himself and the bike for the Isle Of Man Pre-TT meeting.

Riding in the junior production class at the weekend event, Ford battled it out with Spencer teammate Ervin Wallace, who just pipped him to the flag in each race.

Other Spencer Racing riders were also competing in this class, including Rotherham rival Oli Bingham and Nottingham duo Paul Rogers and Steve Panter, all Yamaha 600 mounted.

The Spencer Racing team is owned and managed by Susannah Spencer, the business support manager of NFT Distribution at their Alfreton base.

Susannah said she was delighted with Ford’s performance at Croft, and also his commitment to racing. She has offered him a further ride on a 1960s’ Honda 125 bike.

In her modelling days, Susannah was the last Miss Motorcycle News and Miss Motorcycle Racer.

She now has more than 30 bikes in her collection, including a very rare 1971 Garelli 50cc Grand Prix bike, one of only two that were ever made.