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Jim Redman in Lap of Honour 26 April 2004

Six-times Isle of Man TT winner Jim Redman is to mark 50 years' road racing with a special guest appearance riding a factory-backed 1960's six-cylinder Honda in this year's Lap of Honour.

The Southern Rhodesian first started racing in 1954 before making his European debut at the TT in 1958. He went on to win two 250cc and four 350cc world championships including back-to-back 250cc and 350cc TT wins in 1963, 1964 and 1965. Australians Tom Phillis and Bob Brown spearheaded the Honda works team at the 1960 TT when Jim was riding private Nortons. He soon got a Honda ride himself and went on to captain the team that developed the four-cylinder Hondas that so bewitched the world. Later, he was involved in the launching of the five-cylinder 125cc and six-cylinder 250cc and 297cc models which remain some of the greatest racing bikes ever produced.

It is anticipated that a machine from Honda's Hall of Fame in Japan will be brought directly to the Island for Jim to ride in the Classic Parade, which this year concludes the TT meeting after the Senior TT on Friday June 11. It may then be ridden at the Billown Circuit the next day in the wake of John Hartle, who won on a semi-works Honda-4 in the 1962 250cc event on the same course.

After that, the exotic Honda-6 will be on show at the Concours Display at the TT Grandstand on Sunday June 13, the arena where the raucous sound of the Tokyo models graced the Island from 1960 to 1967, including those ridden by the likes of Mike Hailwood, Tommy Robb, Ralph Bryans, Derek Minter, Luigi Taveri and company.

Also down to grace the TT Lap of Honour is former British champion Steve Plater, who currently rides for Virgin Mobile Yamaha in the British Superbike Championship. Although he has ridden at the North West 200, Steve has yet to ride in the TT, but a lap in the Parade might convince him he should compete in the Island in 2005.

Commenting on the coup of obtaining the appearance of Jim Redman on a factory Honda for the celebration of his Half-Century Road Racing Celebrations, TT Co-Ordinating Committee Chairman and Isle of Man Tourism Minister Mr David Cretney MHK, had this to say:

"Getting Jim Redman back on a full-blooded factory Honda Six is a great feather in the cap of the TT. He has always maintained a love of the event from when he dominated the Lightweight and Junior classes and now looks certain to appeal to fans at least as much, if not more, than in those heady days. It is sure to sign off the 2004 TT in great style."

The Honda Six was introduced as the RC165 on which Redman was only occasionally able to beat Phil read on the Yamaha twin. Later, as the RC166 it became the bike which carried Mike Hailwood to 250cc world championship glory, and in its 297cc form also dominated the 350cc category.

At the TT, Hailwood, Redman, Ralph Bryans and Stuart Graham were among those who rode the sixes, with Hailwood describing the Junior mount as being his all-time favourite racing bike.

Others so far signifying their intention to compete in this year's parade include Phil Read, Michelle Duff, Tommy Robb, Keith Heckles, Sammy Miller, Con Law and Richard Quayle.

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