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Memorial Unveiled in Newry to Honour TT Winning Motorcyclist Norman Brown

A memorial has been unveiled in Newry to honour the TT winning motorcyclist Norman Brown.

In the short 4 years Norman raced competitively he amassed over 40 wins and over 50 other podium finishes.

It was on the 1st Sept 1981 that he first visited the Isle Of Man to compete at the Manx GP and not only did Norman win the Newcomers Junior race he also broke the lap record with a time of 20m 56.8s /108.7mph and the race record with a time of 1h 27m 16.2s / 103.76mph.

The Newcomers race that Norman won was only reintroduced in 1978. Newcomers races known as Snaefell races were previously held in 1957 & 1958.
Norman finished the meeting with a 2nd place in the Lightweight race onboard his Yamaha 250 with a time 1:28:01s / 102.86mph
Norman also finished the year with 2nd place in 1981 Ulster Road Race 350cc championship.

1982 started with 9 wins at Aghadowey and 3 wins at Kirkistown, but it was on the 7th June that Norman created history competing at the Isle Of Man TT at his first attempt Norman won the Senior TT as a privateer onboard a Hector Neill sponsored Suzuki with a time of 2:02:22s /110.98mph after winning the Manx Newcomers Jnr race the previous year.

Its a piece of history that still stands to this very day of the monument launch. Hector Neill added:- He was my first rider, the start of the racing. Norman realised my TT dream winning the 500cc Senior TT.
We went as privateers in a transit van, myelf, Brian, Mouse and Norman with a Suzuki we prepared ourselves and beat all the big factory teams.
I believe he would have gone on to be one of our greatest.

Norman finished the week with a 2nd place finish in Junior TT race onboard his Yamaha 250 with a time of 2:10:08s / 104.39mph
The racing season ended with Norman becoming the 250cc, 350cc and 500cc Ulster Short Circuit champion.

In 1983 Norman broke lap and race records at The North West 200 and in the process won the 350cc race (his first win at the NW200) also at the IOM TT, picking up a 3rd place in the Junior TT (his 3rd podium in 2 years and finally at the Killinchy 150 picking up wins in the 250cc onboard the EMC and 350cc race onboard the Yamaha before setting the fastest ever lap by a 350cc machine during the 1000cc invitational race with a time of 3m 52.8s /114.45mph onboard the Yamaha 350.

The Killinchy 150 was to be Normans last ever race in Ireland.

On the 31st July 1983 at the British GP at Silverstone after the opening laps it began to rain and Norman slowed, due to mechanical issues.
After exiting the Stowe he held to the inside line and was passed by multiple riders before being hit by Swiss rider Peter Huber, whose view was obscured by the riders in front of him. The race was not stopped until multiple riders decided to enter the pits voluntarily.
Both Norman and Peter died as a consequence of their serious injuries.

Norman was 24 years of age.

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