|Birth: ||Dec. 22, 1933|
|Death: ||Aug. 31, 1968|
Norton, Gilera and MV Works Motorcycle racer. Born in Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire. His first major race was at Scarborough, the circuit he was later to lose his life at fourteen years later. In 1956 he went to the Isle of Man TT races where he finished 6th in the Junior event. At the Ulster GP, he finished 2nd in both the 350cc and 500cc races. He was enlisted into the Norton team for the following year and in the TT came 3rd in the Junior and 2nd in the Senior. He won his first Grand Prix race at the Ulster GP in the 500cc race. He finished 3rd in the 500cc World Championship that year. With Norton no longer fielding a works team, he rode his private Norton in 1957 but against the factory bikes he could only manage 5th place in the 350cc Championship. He was chosen for the MV team, winning first time out at the Belgium GP. In 1958 he came 2nd on the 350 and 500 World Championships, and at the TT became only the second rider to break the 100mph barrier. 1959 saw him runner up again in the 350 World Championships. In 1960 he won his first IoM TT race on a 350, and a 2nd place in the 500s. He was then dropped by MV and continued on a private machine. A serious accident in 1961 saw him out of racing for a couple of years. He returned to racing in 1963 with Gileras loaned by the factory and although results were promising to start with, the MVs were too quick. He finished 3rd in the World Championships. He was seriously injured again the following year which resulted in another two year recuperation. He returned in 1967 to gain a 3rd place in the World Championships. 1968 saw two more crashes, however during a 500cc race at Oliver's Mount, Scarborough, he swerved to avoid another rider who had missed a gear whilst they accelerated out of the hairpin, and collided with some bridge supports with fatal consequences. His widow Shelagh had a trophy specially made from 'Blue John' stone which was presented at the 1969 IoM TT to rider Malcolm Uphill. It bore the inscription "For as long as men believe in doing what they want to do and try to do it well, the spirit of men like John Hartle will live on".
Cremated, Ashes scattered.
Specifically: ....half at the Garden of Rememberance at the Northampton Crematorium, and half scattered on the Mountain of the TT course.
Created by: Paul Narramore
Record added: Jan 13, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 17415750
Eyes like a Hawk behind those goggles - and that wonderful riding style. Such courage. God Bless.|
Added: Jan. 22, 2014
Added: Mar. 31, 2013
Never forgotten your races in St.Wendel.R.I.P. John|
Added: May. 11, 2009
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