Dave Chadwick 24.9.1930 – 15.5.1960 (created 29 July 2020)

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 Dave Chadwick was a Grand Prix motorcycle road racer, born in Northenden in 1930. His best season was in 1958 when he finished fourth in the 350cc world championship on a Norton, and fifth in the 125cc world championship on a Ducati.

His road-racing career began in 1951 riding Velocettes for Chorlton dealer RegDearden, but he also competed in North West club scrambles and grass-track events. Dearden later supplied him with Norton machines but he caught the eye of Ducati and MV and competed on all three marques at the 1958 TT.

In the 1956 125 TT he came fifth on an extremely rare LEF – a British built hybrid with Triumph and Norton roots.

For the 1960 season he was in talks with the MZ/DKW factory in East Germany about an assault on the 125 and 250 World Championship but fate took a hand . . .

Dave Chadwick married Julie at Norbury Church in Hazel Grove in March 1960 with Ducati team-mate Mike Hailwood as his best man. Tragically, 43 days later, Hailwood was a pall-bearer at Dave’s funeral in Northenden after a freak accident in an International Meeting at Mettet in Belgium.

Dave Chadwick is remembered by some of our oldest members from the Manchester 17’s days at Wellington House in Heaton Moor, and latterly the Stockport County Club.

Career Record: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dave_Chadwick

More information and pictures here:http://www.motorsportmemorial.org/focus.php?db=ms&n=2141

 

1958 IOM TT Ducati Works Team, Dave is 26, that's a youthful Sammy Miller 28 and number 14 is Luigi Tavieri