Ten things you never knew you wanted to know about former British Touring Car Champion Tim Harvey

I met Tim at a bike garage one weekend when he was out for a ride with his mates and he very kindly answered some questions for me.

Tim is a former British Touring Car driver competing between 1987 and 2002 and the 1992 British Touring Car Champion. He then went on to compete in the Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain and won the championship in 2008 and 2010.

Tim Harvey 2004

Tim is now a broadcaster for ITV4 covering the British Touring Car Championship and currently competes in the British GT Championship for the Trackspeed Team.


Tim Harvey in his Leathers. Image copyright of Karen Bristow

What is the best feeling about being on a motorbike?

The connection between you as a physical being on the bike as a mechanical instrument, the bike is a much more dynamic interaction.

What is the one thing people would never know about you just by looking at you?

That I am colour blind!

What was your most embarrassing moment on a motorbike?

When I was doing a wheelie on an enduro bike on front of my mates and I fell off!

What is the worst thing your mum caught you doing as a kid?

Riding a stolen motorcycle!

Do you have a lucky thing/ritual before the start of a race?

No.

What was the first motorbike you owned?

A Honda CR80 motorcross bike.

What is your favourite stretch of road to ride on (not including a race track)?

The road from Cirencester up to Stow-on-the-Wold.

One of Tim’s bikes. Image copyright of Karen Bristow

If you hadn’t been a racer, what would you have been?

Sadly I would probably have been an estate agent!

Would you ride pillion and if so, who with?

I’m a terrible passenger but if I did it would probably only be with Randy Mamola on a 2c Ducati.

If you got arrested, what would your friends and family assume you had done?

Been caught for reckless or dangerous driving!!!

 

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