Back to the Future for GP racer Carter

Alan Carter, a gifted motorcycle rider who never had the lucky breaks

Alan Carter’s story is one of rags to riches, and not far off back again! He cut his biking teeth roaring around his native Yorkshire streets on a Yamaha 350LC before racing LCs successfully. And then ending up as a Grand Prix racer and winning the French GP – much to everyone’s surprise.

But Carter never could repeat that success, and as the big-money offers dried up he was the man who never quite lived up to his potential. And a family life filled with personal tragedy left him a much-misunderstood man. So when Bike Magazine wanted to get him back on a 350LC, complete with trainers and paddock jacket like he used to wear, to go for a ride with one of their journos, it was a great blast from the past.


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