Thursday, May 17, 2012

Husband and wife team sell the farm to ride in TT races


They are at an age when they could be forgiven for putting their feet up and relaxing a little.
But pensioners Robin Daykin, 74, and wife Annette, 62, who live in Scotland have no plans to slow down in life.
In fact, they are taking part in one of the fastest and most dangerous motorbike races on the planet.
The husband-and-wife team sold their croft and threw themselves headlong into the world of high-performance superbikes.
They gave up a lifetime of farming to invest in a 600cc superbike with sidecar – so they can compete in TT races.
While their friends are content with a bus pass, these grandparents will soon be tearing round the track taking on riders less than half their age on the gruelling Formula Two circuit in this month’s famous Isle of Man races.
The couple, from Turriff, Aberdeenshire, packed up and sold their croft eight years ago and dipped into their savings to finance a new thrill in life.
Mr Daykin convinced his wife they should invest in a classic Royal Enfield motorbike and sidecar to race.
Mrs Daykin said the couple’s three children – Nicola, Damian and Tree – were all grown up with their own families and so, after retiring they decided to revive an old passion for motorbikes
She said: ‘Neither of us wanted a quiet life. This is our time to go out and have fun.’
After some gentle persuasion, she agreed to join her partner in calmer Classic Club races.
But they soon became bored and decided to upgrade to a super-powered 600cc Yamaha R6 and sidecar to compete in the Formula Two circuit.
Performance: Robin and Annette Daykin in their leathers trialling their 'Team Past It' 600c superbike with sidecar in which they compete in TT races around the world
Performance: Robin and Annette Daykin in their leathers trialling their 'Team Past It' 600c superbike with sidecar in which they compete in TT races around the world


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2144884/Pensioners-sell-croft-buy-motorbike-sidecar--enter-TT-races.html#ixzz1v8JwaTxh

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