The Classic MotorCycle

Fifty summers ago

It’s June 1968 and Simon and Garfunkel’s Mrs Robinson is blasting the airwaves. And amidst the jangly sound of toy boy pop, a young Rosie Arnold takes to the Isle of Man podium after finishing second in the sidecar race.

“I couldn’t believe it. I can remember everything from that moment so vividly, even today,” says Rosie. “I was passenger to Roy Hanks’ brother Norman in a BSA 750cc. I went on to marry Roy! But I’d always wanted to do a TT and in my second year I finished on the podium. I was thrilled.”

Rosie’s victory was a milestone: no woman had stood on the podium at the TT and very few

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