Hughie's wife Gloria rang me today to say Hughie had finally succumbed to cancer on Thursday. Most of you will have heard of Hughie as an author of the book "Tales of Old Triumph" and his video books of how to fix your bike "The Triumph Way". He was at one time vice president of the TOMCC and an international concours judge. I met the man when I got him to fix my engine and we became firm friends. We had both belonged to the Royal Corps of Signals. In the old days, Hughie was a rider and team mechanic in the White Helmets Motorcycle Display team and developed the skill of riding backwards sitting on the bars! It took no persuasion to get Jen, the modern day captain, and with her the team Sgt of the White Helmets to call on Hughie when he was ill. It was lovely to see them taking about the displays of today and yesteryear. Hughie was a walking encyclopaedia of Triumph and was always very willing to give freely of his time and expertise and would generously give gifts of rare parts when there was a mate in need. His passing is not a shock as I have known he has been very ill for two years but it is still a great hole in my heart. God bless you Hughie. Certa Cito!
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I had the distinct pleasure of talking to Hughie on many occasion regarding Triumphs. He always had time and was a stand up guy and man did he know these bikes. My last name is Pruette and he always said his favorite film was "From Here to Eternity" with Montgomery Cliff playing the lost trumpet player - Pruett. As some point in the conversations he would touch on it. I plan to watch the movie and have a cold one at the loss of a legend to me as a fan of the bikes and someone that made me a better man
What a great loss not only to his family but to the Triumph community as a whole. Although I have never met the man, I believe his personality came through on his books and videos as did his love for working on these old bikes. Rest in peace my good man.
I have his book and have read it a couple of times. I remember the picture of him riding across the shop floor of the old factory before they destroyed it. All my heroes are departing. Godspeed and eternal peace.