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Barbara Bound - Lady Road Racer
Name: Barbara Bound 
Birth date: 29-05-1940 
Married: Alex Loose 
Birth Place: Watford, Hertfordshire 
Date of Death : Not Yet! 
Place of Death : Not Yet! 
Nationality: English 
Gender: Female
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Barbara Bound - Now Barbara Loose
of Croxley Green, wrote:
"Of fun and friendship on the motorcycle track"
WHAT fun we had! Our whole family (mum and us three girls) would follow my father around various circuits, i.e.: Brands Hatch, Silverstone, Crystal Palace to name but a few. Even our holidays to Scarborough and the Isle of Man were all related to the race track. My de'but was in 1958         but more of that later.

Barbara has been happily married since 1968 to Alex. They have two children Amanda who is married to Michael and David married to Sarah.  They have grandchildren Lucy, William and Hannah and a step granddaughter Bryony.
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My father was James (Jim) Bound      , a well known racer and during the 1950's/1960's he owned EMB Motors in Vicarage Road, Watford, and at one time, was the importer of the 125cc Montesa Motorcycle of Spain. This company was called Montesa Motorcycles GB which was owned by EMB Motors. The two main models imported were the Brio 110 Sports Roadster and the Sportsman Production Racer.

The Brio cost £168 whilst the Sportsman racer retailed for a massive £343 15s 8d including tax or £280 if sold in kit form. One of the leading riders of the time to campaign a Sportsman was in fact a sportswoman - Mrs. Margo Pearson. She was a well known figure on the 125 Montesa and competed in many 125 races during the 60's. Jim supported her in this vocation and she became a firm member of our group.

Although my father was originally a butcher by trade, his real love was motorcycle racing. He entered the 50cc scene early in 1955 " Ten riders lined up for the 50cc race at the 1955 Whitsun Bank Holiday Monday event        around the 3.134 mile Dorset track of Blandford Forum. This was the first official British fifty race. JG Bound riding an NSU sleeved down to 49cc and with a re-stroked crank set the pace with a race speed of 43.15 mph and a first ever fifty lap record of 43.88 mph. Bill Tinkler and NJ Dicks both riding 48cc Britax framed Ducati Cucciolo cyclemotors filled second and third spots".
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The Montesa 125cc Sportsman
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Margo Pearson at Wellsbourne in 1963 
on the Montesa Sportsman
When working for my father, I well remember the young and handsome Rex Avery (who lived close to us in St James Road) visiting our workshop to see my father. Also Joe Erlick frequented the yard when, with all heads together, they would try to perfect the "perfect" machine. (My father "created" the EMB Motorcycle being my mother's initials). 

A Very Young Barry Sheene In the early days I also remember a very young Barry Sheene riding around the paddock on a tiny motorcycle built for him, I believe, by his father, Frank Sheene      .
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Barry Sheene with this father Frank
During the late 1950's I also had the pleasure of joining other young women racing on various circuits being: Beryl Swain , Pauline Dale, Helen Mitchell (I think Margo Pearson came on the scene a little later). 

We were all donning our black leathers etc.  One of the meetings was the Trophy Day at Silverstone in 1958      and I rode against Pauline Dale and Helen Mitchell and of course all the guys. Brands Hatch      was another venue and I remember great racing on the Kent circuit.
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Barbara Bound, Pauline Dale and Helen Mitchell
Among such famous young men dominating the racing scene at that time I well remember John Surtees, Mike Hailwood, Derek Minter and Bert Fruin (of the Fruin Dart machines)       to name but a few and the wonderful smell of Castrol "R" oil and the adrenalin buzzing through your veins while awaiting to push your machine into action as soon as the starter flag went down! 

We belonged to the Chiltern 50cc Racing Club and an average speed in those days (on a 50cc ITOM manufactured in Italy) was 42.30mph which, on occasions, meant we were touching 70mph!   In 1959 I won the "Ladies Shield" for the best performance for the year of a female rider. I received the shield and a small keepsake trophy.  The trophy was presented by Montesa Motorcycles, owned by my Dad Jim Bound.

Other local competitors of our racing days, together with Rex Avery, were C R Denton, K W J Douglass, R S W Field, R Foster, R Millins, Don Guy and W H Wiltshire. Where are they all now I wonder?
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From left to right - Duncan Mitchell, Barbara Bound, Jim Bound, Ian & Derek Carter and Roy Righini.
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In the late 1950's, Kirkiston Irish Championship Road Races in Kirbcubbin, Co. Down, Ireland was believed to be the first time in motorcycling history that a club had entered a team of no less than 16 riders to compete in an Irish event. The transport used for the journey consisted of a three ton cattle truck for the 50cc machines and racing kit (leathers etc) and a Dormobile, Austin A.40 and Vauxhall Victor for the riders and mechanics. 

The truck left Redbourn, Herts, at 12.15am on a Friday arriving at Liverpool at 6am the following morning; this early start being essential to ensure loading of the machines on to the Irish steamer (the M V Ulster Prince). The crossing from Liverpool to Belfast took ten hours, after a very gratefully smooth crossing. 

I truly believe racing in those days was more friendly and fun, you see, there was not the high financial rewards of today.  Here are a few more pictures from my scrapbook. 
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Research:
JEEP's Archives
Barbara Loose Scrap Book
Motorcycle Magazines 
On-Line encyclopedias
News Paper Cuttings
Scrap Books
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Barbara Bound at the 1958 Silverstone Trophy Meeting
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Barbara and Pauline Dale at Snetterton on practice day 1959
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