FORMER Billown Course competitor and Padgett’s Motorcycles co-founder Don Padgett has passed away, Southern 100 chiefs have announced.
Along with brother Peter, the two men took to the starting grid for the first time in the 250cc race in 1965 on what would become the famous Padgett’s Racing Yamaha, as the latter rode every year up to 1971 with a best finish of eighth in the 1970 350cc race.
Despite a two-year sabbatical between 1968 and 1969, Don competed every year up to and including 1977, bagging two rostrum finishes in 1972 with a third in the 350cc race and a second in the blue riband Solo Championship Race.
The Onchan resident competed in the Manx Grand Prix between 1964 and 1977 finishing second in the 1974 Lightweight race. His last competitive ride on the Mountain Course was the 1984 Classic Junior Manx Grand where he finished 12th on an Aermacchi.
Southern 100 racing extends its condolences to the Padgett family and all connected with the racing fraternity at this sad time.
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