As Jonathan Swift once said, “No man was ever so completely skilled in the conduct of life, as not to receive new information from age and experience.” At 86, it’s safe to say that for TT racer Gerry ‘Ace’ Hickson has no shortage of experience. Today we bring to you an interview of Ace by The Mighty Motor. The story was well written and photographed, so rather than paraphrase, we’re sharing the interview as written by SR.
The following story, including all images, are by SR of the The Mighty Motor;
A lifetime of racing adds up to a lifetime of stories. I can only try to tell a small fraction of Gerry’s life in these few paragraphs but I’m glad to be able to share this much at least. Making personal connections with people like Gerry is what makes this whole project with The Mighty Motor worthwhile.
I met Gerry at Deus in Venice during the Festival of Thump event last March. I was taking pictures of a factory works Norton Manx when I heard an English man say “that’s me in that picture”, pointing to a framed photograph leaning against the rear wheel of the Norton. The picture, what had at first seemed to me like one taken from a history book, was really a shot of Gerry on his bike during his younger days racing in the Isle of Man TT. I have seen a few factory Manx before, even seen them being raced a few times, but this was my first time meeting an actual TT racer that had raced a Manx in its time. Turned out that he successfully raced the Manx and several other bikes still in his possession. He competed in three Isle of Man TT races in ’47, ’48, and ’52.