Classic Lightweights UK
Author Peter Underwood, with information and images from Derek Browne
We are sorry to announce that Des Robinson (brother of Brian Robinson) passed away on 10 December 2015, he would have been 88 on the 30th of December.
Derek Browne has attatched his (DR) palmares in his own handwriting, and adds that the bike in Readers Bikes is the bike he used between 1947 & 1950. After that date, he rode on an Ellis - Briggs, of later manufacture. If Des's younger brother Brian, had had a sprint finish of the same calibre as his brothers, he would have won many more races during his career, one that springs to mind, is Milan Sanremo, where Brian finished 3rd, behind Poblet and Debruyne.
Below the pictures - the hand-written palmares by Des
Finish of the 1949 Manx International, where Des is outsprinting Alf Newman, Bob Maitland finished 3rd.
Des with the trophy for the 1949 Isle of Man international Road Race
Left to right. Bob Maitland 3rd. Alf Newman 2nd, Des Robinson 1st. Isle of Man International Road Race.
Both Maitland and Newman, turned Independent for the BSA team in 1952, along with
Concorde C.C. teammate Stan Jones and Arthur Isley.
Des turned Aspirant for the Leaguer team, late in 1955, after winning the 14 day Amateur Circuit of Britain (The Oats
Race) and the BLRC Amateur Road Race Championships.
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