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Percy Tait
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Its being reported on the internet, Facebook etc, that triumph racer and tester Percy Tait has passed on.

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Re: Percy Tait
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What a great man he was a true gent & a great rider.RIP.

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Another true legend gone...….RIP.

Re: Percy Tait
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Percy Tait was a really great rider.
He sticks in my memory for two things.
Firstly for competing in 500cc GP road races on a bike based on a triumph 500cc twin and achieving some remarkable results on it against the specially built MV Agustas.
And secondly at MIRA (Motor Industried Research Association) to which all the UK car, truck and motorcycle manufacturers belonged as well as major automotive suppliers.
MIRA comprised a layout of test tracks and wind tunnels available for use by its members.
I was working for Coventry Radiator and on this particular day we were testing the cooling system on a 450 hp Foden heavy truck.
On the adjacent test track were two motorcycles being high speed tested.
Having a keen interest in motorcycles I wandered over to see what was going on.
I knew the Triumph development guys from having developed the oil cooler on the Trident together.
I spoke to I think Norman Hyde and asked him what was going on.
"We cant figure out what is going on " he said----we are testing these new 350cc twins and we are timing them at 115 mph.
We don't know whether the bike is that good or if it is Percy again screwing more out of the bike than it should give.
It was certainly a sight to see---and hear---as these 350cc overhead cam twins were stretched by Percy Tait.
A great rider and a Great Triumph guy.
Percy Tait---R.I.P.

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bon #791345 11/26/19 7:13 am
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This from another site, a bit jerky at times but well worth watching

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKJIljD7dJs&feature=emb_logo


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For the ocean will decide,
Its not the destination,
It's the glory of the ride"
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Re: Percy Tait
bon #791523 11/28/19 5:45 am
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That's what bike racing was all about, cold pitts with no showers, changing in the van etc etc.
Percy Tate was an absolutely brilliant rider, and a great privateer.

Great shot of my old outfit in there at 11.50 number 19.

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bon #791656 11/29/19 11:55 pm
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Bryan— many thanks for posting that link — it brought back a lot of memories!

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bon #791668 11/30/19 2:42 am
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Thanks bon and Bryan. All I know of Percy Tait came from reading two books by Hughie Hancox:
  • Triumph Production Testers' Tales - from the Meriden Factory
  • Tales of Triumph Motorcycles & The Meriden Factory

From the way Hughie wrote about Percy, it was easy to tell that Hughie saw him as a character who was larger than life. Percy figured prominently in both books, and the stories about him added a great deal to the books. It's sad that Hughie, Percy, and the Meriden Factory are all gone, but their stories, and many of the great Triumph motorcycles live on.

Ray


'64 TR6R Plus some Twins from other countries (U.S., Germany, Japan)

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