Charlie Dobson

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It is with much sadness that I have to report that Charlie Dobson, one of the founder members of IHRO and long time classic supporter died on Wednesday 12th March after a brief fight against a particularly aggressive form of cancer.

Charlie was  a globe trotter, a part of the Continental Circus in the 70′s he embraced classic racing when it started and attended virtually every IHRO race despite having to travel massive distances due to living in Sweden with his Danish wife Lotte and their children.

Charlie was a character from a period when GP racing had true characters and also a hard man, at one IHRO race at Pau in the Pyrenees, he was working under his hard used Mercedes 508 when it slipped off the blocks and broke his wrist, after medical attention, he drove back to Sweden with Lotte changing gear for him as he drove.

Charlie’s love of vehicles was wide ranging, as well as a collection of motorcycles of all ages and styles, he collected old east European vehicles, his frequent trips to Schleiz were a valuable source of these, he also indulged in vintage Bentleys and in recent years had taken part in many rallies around the world.

He will be sadly missed by those who knew him. Our best wishes go to his family.

Charlie Dobson-02 Gedinne Classic Motorcycle racing 2008

ADAC Sachsenring Classic – Sachsenring, Germany – 16-18 May 2014

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ADAC Sachsenring Classic – Sachsenring, GermanyThe Sachsenring racing circuit is located near Hohenstein-Ernstthal near Chemnitz in Saxony, Germany.

The Sachsenring has had a long and varied history, the first race was in 1927 on 8.7 kms of local roads which passed through the town. It survived all political eras and managed to come out of each one the stronger for it.

…continue reading ADAC Sachsenring Classic – Sachsenring, Germany – 16-18 May 2014

Bikers’ Classic Belgian Classic GP – Spa, Belgium – 4-6 July 2014

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Bikers Classic – Spa, BelgiumSet in the Belgian Ardennes, Spa Francorchamps is one of the most iconic race circuits of the world.

Over the years, the Spa course has been modified several times. The track was originally 15 kilometres long, but after World War II, the track had some changes, these changes made Spa the fastest open road circuit in the world, and in the final year of the old circuit, riders could average over 200km/h on the circuit. Barry Sheene holds the ultimate race record for this circuit at an astonishing 217.37 km/h !.

…continue reading Bikers’ Classic Belgian Classic GP – Spa, Belgium – 4-6 July 2014

Grand Prix des Frontieres – Chimay, Belgium – 18-20 July 2014

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Grand Prix des Frontieres - Chimay, Belgium

One of the most famous of the Belgian road race circuits, this beautiful Ardenaise track has been the home to motorcycle racing for over half a century. It hosted the famous GP des Frontieres, so called because of its close proximity to the French border, as well as a number of long distance 200 mile races.
…continue reading Grand Prix des Frontieres – Chimay, Belgium – 18-20 July 2014

Classic Grand Prix – Schleiz, Germany 1-3 August 2014

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Classic Grand Prix Germany - Schleiz, Germany

The Schleizer Dreieck of today is one of the most beautiful natural race tracks in the world, comparable only to Spa or the Isle of Man. Schleiz was founded as a motorcycle circuit for motorcyclists and the first race held there was in 1923. …continue reading Classic Grand Prix – Schleiz, Germany 1-3 August 2014

Belgian Classic TT – Gedinne, Belgium – 22-24 August 2014

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gedinne.gif This is another one of those wonderful Belgian road circuits on the edge of the Ardennes. It consists of a series of both quick and slow corners with a good bit of altitude variation to provide a challenging but enjoyable ride. …continue reading Belgian Classic TT – Gedinne, Belgium – 22-24 August 2014

 

 

 

 

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