60th Graham Walker Memorial Run 7th August 2016
Another year has passed and once again meeting in the grounds of the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu on the first Sunday in August, the run, through the surrounding New Forest is held to commemorate the President of the Sunbeam Motor Cycle Club from 1929 to 1936 and the first curator of the National Motor Museum on his retirement, in 1954, as Editor of 'Motor Cycling'
And besides that what is special about Graham Walker???..,
Well..., having started to compete in motorcycle events before the First World War he enlisted and rose in the ranks to become the youngest Dispatch Rider Sergeant.
Then on being demobbed he joined Norton where was part of the race team and entered the Senior TT and became Competion Manager until he moved to Sunbeam in 1924 successfully taking the same roles. Riding with the Great Britain ISDT team he collected gold medals in the 1925, 1926 and 1927 events and won the 1926 Ulster Grand Prix.
After four successful years he moved on to join Rudge in 1928 and had consistant success in TT and Continental GP races, including a record Senior Ulster GP win in 1928, and became the Great Britain ISDT team captain.
He also took every opportunity to promote the Sunbeam MCC and in 1931 and 1932 he, together with Arthur Simcock and Ernie Nott, entered their Rudge's as the Sunbeam club team and won the club prize in both years.
A man, and a career, definitely worth remembering.
Some of the scenes before, during and after the memorial run.
After the event various trophies are awarded based on the riders voting. This year as Murrey Walker was unfortunately
indisposed the trophies were awarded by Mr Russell Bowman, Managing Director of Beaulieu.
Not yet complete ........ Lots still to do