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Peter Southart with Pennine Cycles and Adorior Road Club

Author Peter Underwood

Adrian Thornton from New Zealand contacted me to tell that he was restoring a Pennine bike which had belonged to Peter Southart when he rode for Pennine Cycles in several classic events including the Tour of Britain and the Warsaw - Prague Race.  He also had several images of Peter competing in races.  These images are better than most af the day and we are composing a visual record of Peter's career. Adrian has two blogs relating to New Zealand cycling history:

The Flying Wheel  -  http://theflyingwheel.blogspot.co.nz/

Wolves of the Road (A history of New Zealand Six day Tours 1953-85)  -  http://wolvesoftheroad.blogspot.co.nz/2013_06_01_archive.html

Peter Southart at speed on a Pennine, notice braze-on at top (rear) of seat tube.
This braze-on takes a clip for the Pennine CO2 pump.


Peter riding for team Adorior with their 50s estate wagon complete with woodwork on body.

He finished in 4th place in this 1951 Brighton to Glasgow (6-day stage) Race organised by the BLRC,
he also won the King of the Mountains prize.

Pete Southart, in Pennine top, front left, pulling along a group with Les Gill and Frank Garvey

(Image above from Pennine Catalogue - Derek Browne)

Charlie Mather, right, ready for a feed from his team in the Buxton Road Race 1957 (Hitter Hill, Debyshire),
G Barlow, Stone Wheelers is the other rider.


Ready to go racing, the bike has one bar-end gear lever plus one down-tube, both fitted on right-hand side.

Early 1970s MG 'M' sports car.

Peter checking the gap

R A F Mass-Start Championships - R A F St Athan - 1948
Airfield buildings can be seen in the background.

Adoria Road Club team - no date

Golden Horse Kermesse
19 September 1948

Standing Stones, a popular hillclimb choice. It’s between Langley and Wildboarclough,
not far from Macclesfield, on the fringes of the Peak District. 

Ted Redmond, Manchester Velo adds:
I have a couple of photos of Pete Southart, taken some time in the late 50s, which might interest you. My club at the time was Manchester
Coureurs, now defunct, and we had an association with Pete through Irene Evans who was in the Coureurs. My clearest memory of those
times is of riding a hilly route around the area of Algreave and Axe Edge, Coureurs versus Adorior, and we got well and truly whipped. But we
were only kids then, and some of us are still riding in our 70’s.  Going back to the dates, I was racing until I turned senior in 1955, raced a bit in 1956 then started taking photos of events, went to do my National Service in 1959. I know that Pete emigrated to New Zealand, don’t remember when, but it might narrow the time-scale to a couple of years.
 Peter Southart at the junction of the A635 and the A6024 in Holmfirth

Standing Stones, a popular hillclimb choice. It’s between Langley and Wildboarclough,
not far from Macclesfield, on the fringes of the Peak District.