Bob McIntyre (motorcycle racer)

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Bob McIntyre
Nationality Scottish
Born (1928-11-28)28 November 1928
Glasgow, Scotland
Died 15 August 1962(1962-08-15) (aged 33)
Chester, England
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Active years 1953 - 1962
First race 1953 350cc Isle of Man TT
Last race 1962 250cc German Grand Prix
First win 1957 350cc Isle of Man TT
Last win 1962 250cc Dutch TT
Team(s) AJS, Bianchi, Gilera, Honda, Norton
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
17 5 16 N/A N/A 171

Robert MacGregor McIntyre (28 November[1] 1928 - 15 August 1962) was a Scottish motorcycle racer famous for five motorcycle Grand Prix wins which included three wins at the Isle of Man TT Races, and four victories in the North West 200. McIntyre died nine days after injuries sustained racing at Oulton Park, Cheshire in August 1962.

Career[edit]

McIntyre was born in Scotstoun, Glasgow. He entered competition in 1948 on his only transport, an Ariel Red Hunter, and was soon competing in off-road scrambles. After a few seasons he began road racing, but the roads were not always well surfaced. Bob rode a BSA at Balado Airfield near Kinross. The concrete track had patches of loose gravel, and Bob won three of the four races he entered.[2]

Starts racing at Isle of Man[edit]

For 1952 he rode a BSA to second in the Isle of Man Junior Clubmans TT, averaging 80.09 mph (128.89 km/h) on his fastest lap. A long association with the Isle of Man Mountain Circuit had begun.[3] Later that year Bob returned to win the Manx Junior (350cc) and come second in the Manx Senior (500cc) riding the same AJS 7R in both classes.

AJS rider[edit]

In 1953, following some English National short circuit wins, Bob went to the North West 200 for his first International win on an AJS 7R in the 350 cc class. Despite having to retire at the TT that year, his performance was noticed by AJS, and he joined that team for the 1953 Grands Prix World championship. The only win was at Pau in France, there was a third at the Ulster Grand Prix, and he was in the first six placings for the Netherlands, Switzerland and Belgium. In the 1954 Isle of Man Senior TT Bob came 14th on an AJS.[2]

Potts Norton privateer[edit]

AJS pulled out of racing, and Bob was soon riding the 'Dustbin' faired Potts Norton, and winning. The TT looked to be within reach, and in the 1955 Isle of Man Junior TT he did lead for four of the seven laps, but brake overheating and suspension problems forced him to slow, allowing Bill Lomas on a Moto Guzzi to pass, and go on to victory. Bob came second. In the Senior he managed fifth, with an average of 93.83 mph (151.00 km/h), very good for a private entant among works teams. Giulio Carcano offered him a Guzzi ride after, but he did not accept.

He continued to ride the 'Dustbin' faired Norton for Joe Potts, from Bellshill near Glasgow, and continued to win races other than the TT. The 1956 TT saw retirements with mechanical problems.

Gilera and the World Championship Grand Prix[edit]

In 1957, owing to personal intervention by injured Gilera works rider Geoff Duke, McIntyre was offered a ride on the four cylinder Gileras for the Isle of Man TT. Race week began with the Junior TT. He broke the lap record with a 97.42 mph (156.78 km/h) and his race average was 94.99 mph (152.87 km/h). In celebration of the Golden Jubilee, the Senior was run over eight laps, a race of 302 miles (486 km). The Gileras had pannier fuel tanks built into the side of the fairings to carry extra fuel. The extra fuel weight didn't stop him from making a 99.99 mph (160.92 km/h) first lap. The second lap saw 101.03 mph (162.59 km/h), and the fourth lap was the fastest at 101.12 mph (162.74 km/h). He caught up to, and overtook 1956 World Champion, John Surtees who was riding an MV Agusta 500. McIntyre went on to win, after racing for three hours, two minutes and fifty-seven seconds. This was Bob McIntyre's best TT.

The 1957 World Championship looked to be within reach, but a crash at Assen, in the Dutch TT meant he was out of action for a couple of months. He did come second in the 500 cc Ulster Grand Prix, and won the 350 cc Nations Grand Prix at Monza. His team mate Libero Liberati won the 500 cc World Championship that year, with Bob McIntyre coming second. Bob was third in the 350 cc World Championship as well.[2]

At the end of 1957 the Italian teams quit Grand Prix racing citing increasing costs. In November 1957, with racing over, Gilera had McIntyre ride a 350 cc racer around the banked Monza circuit in an attempt to break the one hour speed record, and he averaged 141 mph (227 km/h) on the bumpy Monza surface.[2] This record was not bettered until 1964, and then by Mike Hailwood at 144.8 on an MV Agusta, on the track at Daytona.[4] In the 1961 Isle of Man TT Lightweight he raised the lap record to 99.58 mph (160.26 km/h), and had a strong lead, when his engine seized, ending his race. Riding a Norton in the Senior TT he came second. He won the 1961 250cc Ulster Grand Prix. In the 1962 Isle of Man Lightweight TT, he raised the lap record to 99.61, and then retired with electrical problems. He also rode in Grand Prix races on Honda and Bianchi, making the podium in the Netherlands, Belgium, and East Germany.[2]

In 1962 McIntyre finished second in the Spanish and French Grands Prix, while he had a non-start in the 500 Senior TT and mechanical problems in both the 250 and 350 cc events.

He went on to win the Belgium GP at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in the Ardennes, his last victory on the World stage.

Oulton Park[edit]

McIntyre still competed in non-championship events, and it was at one such event at Oulton Park, Cheshire in August 1962[5] that he won the 250 cc race, and then started in the 500 cc race on his Manx Norton. After a bad start in poor conditions, he fought his way to the front before crashing, and sustaining serious injuries. After nine days in hospital, he died, an outstanding racer, and a great loss to the motorcycling world.[2]

Results[edit]

Manx Grand Prix Races[edit]

Year Race & Capacity Make of Motorcycle Average Speed
1952 1st Junior AJS 85.73 mph (137.97 km/h)
1952 2nd Senior AJS 87.67 mph (141.09 km/h)

Isle of Man TT Race Career[edit]

Year Race & Capacity Make of Motorcycle Average Speed
1952 2nd Clubmans Junior TT BSA 78.57 mph (126.45 km/h)
1954 14th Senior TT AJS 80.13 mph (128.96 km/h)
1955 5th Senior TT Norton 93.83 mph (151.00 km/h)
1955 2nd Junior TT Norton 91.79 mph (147.72 km/h)
1957 1st Senior TT Gilera 98.99 mph (159.31 km/h)
1957 1st Junior TT Gilera 94.99 mph (152.87 km/h)
1959 5th Senior TT Norton 82.34 mph (132.51 km/h)
1959 1st 500 cc Formula 1 TT Norton 97.77 mph (157.35 km/h)
1960 3rd Junior TT AJS 95.11 mph (153.06 km/h)
1961 2nd Senior TT Norton 99.20 mph (159.65 km/h)
TT Career Summary
Finishing Position 1 2 3 5 14 DNF
Number of times 3 3 1 2 1 11

FIM Motor-Cycle Grand Prix Results [6][edit]

Position 1 2 3 4 5 6
Points 8 6 4 3 2 1

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Year Class Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Points Rank Wins
1953 350cc AJS IOM
NC
NED
-
BEL
-
GER
-
FRA
-
ULS
2
SUI
-
NAT
-
ESP
-
6 8th 0
1954 350cc Norton FRA
-
IOM
-
ULS
3
BEL
6
NED
4
GER
-
SUI
6
NAT
-
ESP
-
9 8th 0
500cc Norton FRA
-
IOM
14
ULS
-
BEL
4
NED
6
GER
-
SUI
-
NAT
-
ESP
-
4 16th 0
1955 350cc Norton ESP
-
FRA
-
IOM
2
GER
-
BEL
-
NED
5
ULS
-
NAT
-
8 8th 0
500cc Norton ESP
-
FRA
-
IOM
5
GER
-
BEL
-
NED
-
ULS
4
NAT
-
5 11th 0
1956 350cc Norton IOM
NC
NED
-
BEL
-
GER
-
ULS
-
NAT
-
0 - 0
500cc Norton IOM
NC
NED
-
BEL
-
GER
-
ULS
-
NAT
-
0 - 0
1957 350cc Gilera GER
-
IOM
1
NED
2
BEL
-
ULS
-
NAT
1
22 3rd 2
500cc Gilera GER
2
IOM
1
NED
-
BEL
-
ULS
2
NAT
-
20 2nd 1
1958 350cc Norton IOM
NC
NED
-
BEL
-
GER
-
SWE
-
ULS
5
NAT
-
2 12th 0
500cc Norton IOM
NC
NED
-
BEL
-
GER
-
SWE
-
ULS
2
NAT
-
6 9th 0
1959 350cc AJS FRA
-
IOM
NC
GER
-
BEL
-
SWE
-
ULS
-
NAT
-
0 - 0
500cc Norton FRA
-
IOM
5
GER
-
NED
-
BEL
-
ULS
2
NAT
-
8 6th 0
1960 350cc AJS FRA
-
IOM
3
NED
-
BEL
-
GER
-
ULS
-
NAT
-
4 10th 0
500cc Norton FRA
-
IOM
NC
NED
-
BEL
-
GER
-
ULS
-
NAT
-
0 - 0
1961 250cc Honda ESP
-
GER
-
FRA
-
IOM
NC
NED
2
BEL
NC
DDR
8
ULS
1
NAT
NC
SWE
-
ARG
-
14 5th 1
350cc Bianchi ESP
-
GER
-
FRA
-
IOM
NC
NED
2
BEL
-
DDR
3
ULS
-
NAT
-
SWE
3
ARG
-
14 4th 0
500cc Norton ESP
-
GER
-
FRA
-
IOM
2
NED
3
BEL
3
DDR
-
ULS
-
NAT
-
SWE
-
ARG
-
14 4th 0
1962 250cc Honda ESP
2
FRA
2
IOM
DNS
NED
2
BEL
1
GER
2
ULS
-
DDR
-
NAT
-
FIN
-
ARG
-
32 2nd 1
350cc Honda ESP
-
FRA
-
IOM
NC
NED
NC
BEL
-
GER
-
ULS
-
DDR
-
NAT
-
FIN
-
ARG
-
0 - 0

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ Bob Mcintyre: The Flying Scot, Author: Mick Walker, Publication Date: June 2006, Publisher: Breedon Books Pub Co Ltd, pp8, ISBN 1-85983-500-7
  2. ^ a b c d e f [1] BikeSportNews.com (Retrieved December 1, 2006)
  3. ^ [2] IOM TT Race results (Retrieved December 6, 2006)
  4. ^ [3] SuperBikePlanet.com Mike Hailwood Remembrance (Retrieved December 10, 1961, with his reputation as an outstanding rider firmly established, he started riding a "works supported" Honda. The Japanese manufacturers were beginning to make their presence felt in the motorcycling world, though the major impact they would have on motorcycle racing was yet to come.
  5. ^ [4] IOM TT Books, Bob McIntyre (Retrieved December 9, 2006)
  6. ^ Bob McIntyre career statistics at MotoGP.com
  • 50 Years Of Moto Grand Prix (1st edition). Hazelton Publishing Ltd, 1999

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