• They Don’t Make Them Like They Used To, Part 1

Harvey Williams at the Isle Of Man TT, 1952

Nothing says Devil-May-Care more than Harvey Williams jumping his BSA Bantam race bike at the Isle Of Man TT with a cigarette hanging out of his mouth!

Man of the Day, Part 1

They Don't Make Them Like They Used To, Part 1
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Harvey Williams, BSA Bantam, Isle of Man TT 1952
Shot taken during practice for the Ultra Lightweight TT race, both wheels off the ground, cigarette in mouth. Legend!

Just a quick one to give you a smile on a Sunday. This is Harvey Williams, riding his BSA Bantam in practice for the 1952 Ultra Lightweight TT at the Isle of Man.

He’s got round to Ballaugh Bridge, a slow-speed jump about half-way round the 37.75 mile course. His face is set and grim but the cigarette hanging from his mouth is still intact and there’s no way he’s going to lose it before the end of the lap!

In this day and age of super-fit athlete riders trailing a posse of trainers and dieticians from the paddock to the bank, nothing says ’devil-may-care’ attitude more than this photo!

For the record, Williams finished 7th in the race, at an average speed of 58.03mph and a total race time of 1:57:02.40. Must have needed a whole pack....!

Happy Friday.

Harry Fisher
Harry Fisher
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Born and raised in England, he has lived in South Africa with his family since 2002. Harry has owned examples of Triumph, Norton, BSA, MV Agusta, Honda, BMW, Ducati, Harley Davidson, Kawasaki and Moto Morini motorcycles. He regrets selling all of them.  Read full bio
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