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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 01-12-2003, 09:31 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Apparently Ronnie Smith is dead

Ronnie Smith from Performance Bikes was killed riding his scooter last night near his home near Harrogate in North Yorkshire... it is believed no other vehicles were involved... apparently he came off the scooter around a corner and hit a parked car.

In the year when he did a 120 mph lap of the TT circuit, I was watching him on Saturday arvo on the DVD.

Real shame.

I kind of grew up reading Ronnie Smith raving on like a nutter.

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post #2 of 33 (permalink) Old 01-12-2003, 09:51 PM
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post #3 of 33 (permalink) Old 01-12-2003, 10:06 PM
 
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Time to stow the landing gear?

That is one of the most amazing motorcycle photographs I have ever seen. He must have had the panniers filled with lead bars to get that thing to do that !!

I also heard that Maurice Gibb from the Bee Gees dies last night.
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A fark it !!

I just hope this is a case of mistaken whispers !!

I too have been following the Ronsters antics for as long as I can remember ..... and his mullet hair style inspired me more than once to follow suit (never found the balls mind) !!

Of the all the ways to go as well .... a farkin moped ?? .....

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Unhappy Death of a real wheelie legend....

Sorry guys. It is true - see www.racecorporation.co.uk. Even I loved reading about Ronnie and Gus's antics in PB. Sad day.

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Re: Death of a real wheelie legend....

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Sorry guys. It is true - see www.racecorporation.co.uk. Even I loved reading about Ronnie and Gus's antics in PB. Sad day.

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post #7 of 33 (permalink) Old 01-13-2003, 12:17 AM
 
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tragic! what a top bloke

I will never forget his report on Uk riding schools where he pretended to be a newbie all day and then sat on the handle bars and wheelied past the instructor at the end of the day.

What a star!
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post #8 of 33 (permalink) Old 01-14-2003, 03:44 AM
 
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Sad news

In the World Endurance paddocks he was well loved as an irreverent joker who, nonetheless, knew how to ride fast. He had visited me many times in the commentary booth at various 24 hour races in Europe - no matter that the booths were built for two and there were already 5 people inside...he was a great laugh, a good friend, a wicked rider and getting faster year on year (UK riders are like good wines).

Simon "Ronnie" Smith has touched hearts around the world and he would be extremely surprised at the level of sympathy his death has generated throughout the world. The RaceCorporation website has seen ten times as many people visiting to find out news about Ronnie, not only from the UK and the States but also from such diverse places as Finland, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, Greece, Sweden, Saudi Arabia, Iceland, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Slovenia...the list is long and impressive.

"Ronnie" will be laid to rest in a small family service in North Yorkshire on Saturday afternoon at 1pm UK time.

We can't all be there in person but most of us will be there in spirit.

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That's sad news...

Didn't he come up with the Roundabout helmet??

Sounds like he was a real cunny funt.....

"During his last 40 minute stint on the Alfs/Motormax ZX9R the end of the 2002 Le Mans round, when all the other riders were keeping their heads down in the rain, Ronnie was hoisting large wheelies down the start/finish straight to loud cheers every lap, keeping the massed hordes of sodden, mainly French spectators hugely entertained - this after 24 hours of racing."

What a legend!! Will be missed...

Is it weird in here, or is it just me?
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Fund for Ronnie

Ronnie's funeral will be held at 1pm Saturday, 18th January at St. Mary's Church in Masham, North Yorkshire (on the A6108 off A1 North of Ripon)

Ex-Performance Bikes editor Mark Forsyth is planning to set up a fund to help Ronnie’s partner Jane and two children, Harry and Fred. Mark is no longer with Motorcycle News, so anyone wanting to make donations can contact the Motcycle News Office Administrator [email protected] (the main UK motorcycle paper Motorcycle News - www.motorcyclenews.co.uk ) for more details.

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