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Lesley Archer (47) Rodney

It is with great sadness we announce the death of Lesley Archer (47) Rodney
18 Dec 2019
In memoriam

Richard Elliott (50) heard from his son in Adelaide that Les Archer (48)  had sadly died. 

We have included below the obituary from the Australian Motocross magazine that Richard sent us...

One of Britain's most successful motocross riders Les Archer Junior passed away on December 18, 2019 aged 90 in Spain, where he had lived since his retirement.
Les was born into motorcycling royalty - both his grandfather and father raced successfully and established a thriving motorcycle business (Archers of Aldershot) in the 1930s which continued after the war.  In 1947 Les Senior and Junior both competed in the Isle of Man TT - dad on a 250 New Imperial in the Lightweight TT and young Les in the Clubman's class on a 250 Velocette where he finished a fine third.  The father and son team also competed in the 1948 TT on Velocettes.
Although he was enjoying a succesful time in road racing, young Les' interests shifted to scrambles where he really shone, especially after the head mechanic at the business, Ron Hankins, put togeher a very special Manx Norton scrambler, a machine that was to achieve legendary status.  In fact, there was a series of the Manz special, each one more refined, and Les and his traveling companion Eric Cheney scored countelss successes on the motocross version of the Continental Circus in the 1950s.  In 1956, Les and the Norton won the European Championship - forerunner of the 500cc World Motocross Championship which began in 1957.  He scored ten Grand Prix wins during his career which continued into the 1960s.

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