1969 250 World Champion Carruthers Remembers the late Dick Mann


 

The late Dick Mann was a touugh but respected rival, says 1969 250 world champion Carruthers.
Dick Mann, winning in the hardscrabble 1970s against guys like a 1969 250 world champion Kel Carruthers. (DON’T MISS: the kids peeking through the fence, the cop with a beer in his hand, treaded tire and disc brake on the front, etc) DEANS ARCHIVE

“Our first year here, in 1971, Dick was my main competition,” Carruthers said. “He was always the guy who gave me the most opposition. He was just a good guy to race against. He wasn’t dangerous and he knew what he was doing. He was always good to me and was a humble man. It wasn’t that long ago at a Trailblazers banquet when he told me that if the AMA had proper racetracks back then, I would have won all the races. That’s how he was… a modest man. I didn’t know anybody when I first came here to race. At Daytona, I had a problem with the bike, so I didn’t take much notice with what was going on. But at Road Atlanta I was able to beat everybody, but for the rest of the year Dick was the guy I was racing with all the time. He was a good guy, and it was sad that he was sick for so long at the end.”

The late Dick Mann was a tough but respected rival, says 1969 250 world champion Carruthers.
 The late Dick Mann was a tough but respected rival, says 1969 250 world champion Carruthers. YAMAHAULER


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