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The story of British champion Barry Sheene

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It took about eight seconds, 300 yards of falling, one TV film crew and broken bones in his back, arm and leg for Barry Sheene to make the journey from the track, to the operating theatre and to the nation’s sofa. ‘If I’d been a racehorse they would have shot me,’ he said later.

His 175mph crash in March 1975 at Daytona was a disaster that could easily have been the end of a life and career. Instead, the horror show pricked at Britain’s voyeurism and made him famous.

The six-week fightback, achieved with what seemed to the public like charismatic ambivalence, then his swift ascent to the top of the world, was a boy’s own war story


The legend…. #BarrySheene