'Welcome' to redlinesports.photography


A new  website and a new name but certainly not "a new kid on the block".  We will bring the latest news from the "racing world", Photo' Galleries full of images, while offering Professional Photographic Services to press, teams, sponsors, event organisers and public.


Owner, Charlie Hulse, in  the past, owned  and ran his own commercial photographic studio but has, for the last five years, worked solely within  motorcycle racing, operating under another  name which wasn't really appropriate to his passion for road racing. Hence the change to redlinesports, better reflecting the adrenaline fuelled sport to which, the  majority of the images within these pages are dedicated. As the site develops we will also keep you informed of all the latest news about  your favourite riders, teams and championships  via 'RSS live feeds', while also offering top quality photographs from race meetings across the length and breadth of  the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Isle of Man, and  hopefully from further afield, event schedules permitting


There will be many galleries  for you to 'browse' and  the opportunity to obtain digital images   Enjoy redlinesports.photography and please leave your comments on the Contact Page and help us to develop this site as 'you' would like. We will be offering presentation printing, canvas bonding, mounting and framing at exceptionally competitive prices through business partners  providing a comprehensive service for all corporate and private.



JOHN SURTEES 1934-2017

 A Peerless Racer

Re-printed from David Emmet Motomatters.com

(So much better than I could have done)

Official copyright Isle of Man TT video    Not "shared" for profit for information only


If you have a suggestion, a favourite bike racing video that you think everyone else would enjoy for "My Favourite Video " Everyone who submits a video link and has it featured will ONE FREE IMAGE, of their choice, from the Gallery Pages. Send a link via the Contact page with your contact details (image sent by email)


This RSS feed and  notifications are provided by Crash.net and BikeSport News.

To expand on the links click on the text and you will be taken to the supplier site.

The term GOAT - Greatest of all Time - is bandied around rather a lot these days. I have always found it a rather unsatisfying phrase, as the radical changes in every aspect of motorcycle racing make it impossible to compare the achievements of the riders who raced in very different eras. How do you compare riders who won on 15 kilometer tree-lined street circuits to riders who spent all their time racing on the ultrasafe short circuits, replete with run off and air fence? How do you compare victory on a 500cc single cylinder Norton or a four-cylinder MV Agusta or Gilera housed in a frame that was little more than some steel tubing connecting the wheels via rudimentary suspension, to the screaming two strokes of the late nineties, or the fire-breathing 990cc four strokes barely tamed by electronics, or the ultra-finicky and precise 800cc four strokes which required a deep understanding of extracting potential for electronic management?

How do you compare the ability to manage the rock-hard rubber of grooved cross-ply tires to the pursuit of 64° lean angles on fat modern radials made of exotic blends of silicon and rubber? It is impossible, yet there are some names whose achievements are so profound that they rise above the rest, regardless of circumstances, and set themselves apart in the annals of history. If they use of the phrase GOAT is questionable, there are some riders who are obviously among the most significant of all time. They made the biggest impact. John Surtees, who died to day aged 83, was just such a rider. Others, with a greater grasp of racing history, can do his legacy much greater justice than I can - if you read just one obituary of Surtees, then make it this dual profile of the man on Motor Sport Magazine, by Mat Oxley and top F1 journalist Mark Hughes.

The fact that it is a dual profile is what marks Surtees out for greatness. Not only was Surtees a multiple world champion on two wheels, winning seven titles in the six seasons he raced in Grand Prix, he also became the only person ever to add a Formula One title to his Grand Prix motorcycling crowns. The reason for the switch to four wheels lies enclosed in the astonishing statistics Surtees posted as a motorcycle racer. Through six full seasons and a single race in 1952, Surtees started 49 races. He won 38 of those races, an astonishing rate of 78%. He finished on the podium in further seven races, putting his podium rate at 92%. Of every ten races Surtees entered, he would win eight and finish on the podium in the ninth. Yet he was only competing at six or seven Grand Prix events every year, and races sanctioned by his employer at MV Agusta, Count Domenico Agusta. Though Surtees was a factory rider, this was still the late 1950s, and riders were not growing wealthy on their factory salaries.

To make a good living, riders needed the extra income from start money offered at the many individual and national races held around Europe. The Count banned Surtees from competing in other motorcycle races, so Surtees jumped into cars. He proved as quick on four wheels as he had been on two, and he was soon being offered factory seats in Formula One cars. Surtees had an immediate feel for speed. The son of a motorcycle dealer, he started in the chair of his father's sidecar, winning the first professional race he entered with his father, before being disqualified for being underage. When he switched to riding on his own, he gave the legendary Geoff Duke a run for his money at an ACU race, at the age of 17. He clinched his first premier class title at just 22 years of age, the fifth youngest rider to do so, behind Marc Marquez, Freddie Spencer, Casey Stoner, and Mike Hailwood.

He was just as quick when he jumped in a car. His first outing in a race car was at Goodwood, and he lapped there faster than F1 legend Stirling Moss ever managed in the same car. Once he started racing, he was immediately battling with legends such as Moss, Jim Clark, and Ken Tyrrell. In 1964, he added an F1 title to his 500cc and 350cc titles. As on two wheels, with an iconic Italian marque, Ferrari. Yet it is still a tragedy to lose one of the true legends of motor sport. There is a certain cruel irony that Surtees should die on the same day as Barry Sheene, who succumbed to cancer on 10th May 2003, fourteen years ago. But Surtees will live on in the memory of race fans, and the annals of racing history, forever.


Below are links to other websites I recommend for their quality images and high standards of journalistic excellence....

www.motomatters.com     (KROPOTNIK THINKS)

English but based in Netherlands. MotoGP & WSBK only but has Matt Oxley a 'Guest Blogger' regularly and superb photos. David Emmett's site is the most informative and insightful on the 'web', a great read


USA based with an obvious bias toward American readers but a superb website


USA again, covering 'Road Racing' more than other US based sites....


Excellent site with great all round appeal from MotoGP to club racing and everything in between from David Miller and the team


Great 'site covering road racing everywhere


The only motor cycle racing publication promoted by the ACU covering ALL road racing club to MotoGP


Covers all motor sport but has lots of dedicated bike sections to choose from. Our RSS feed, on the left is 'piggybacked' from Crash.net and BSN


    All  motorcycle road racing will be covered  within these pages, as the  site develops over the next  months but for the initial period we will be concentrating on 'pure' Road Racing "Between the Hedges"... jumps and kerbs.


    The 'Bravest  of the Brave' will be featured within the 'Redline' pages dedicated  to motorcycle road racing in it's purest form, on the Isle of Man, both the Mountain and Billown courses, Ireland and Scarborough. The Northwest 200; and Ulster Grand Prix will also be covered, as well all four meetings' at the only 'Closed Roads' race circuit in England, Oliver's Mount in Scarborough, but as this site develops throughout the 2017 season, MotoGP World Superbikes, BSB and Thundersport   will also be included


    There are individual Photo Galleries for the Isle of Man TT  Southern 100 and the Classic TT;   Manx Grand Prix and others but all the images are from the 2016 season which will be replaced as the 2017 takes it's course...Images in the galleries will be "Archived" and will still be available on request for press, photo' libraries and privately


    All images are copyright of redlinesports.photography


    The images in the Galleries are all compressed 'Jpeg' files and most have had little or no correction,  other than a little  'cropping' to fit properly, the website portfolio page layout dimensions. The gallery pages also have the 'right mouse click disabled' to avoid copyright infringements....If you would like a copy of any of the images in the Galleries, they will shortly be available for just £4  (four pounds)  fully corrected  and without watermark.  Images sent via email by return.


    Unless otherwise requested when ordered, all of our images for private distribution will be fully edited and corrected from the original RAW images and sent out in 'tiff.' format  which will comfortably print to at least  20" x 16". Images for 'the press' will be submitted RAW or 'tiff.' unless otherwise requested. Please contact us for further details....


    HD Quality Prints,  on a choice of papers, up to A3 can be supplied to order....POA


    There is an easy to follow CONTACT PAGE with two separate Contact Forms. One for Business Enquiries which is more  relevant for booking coverage of Press Launches, Private Testing, Sponsor Events, Photo-shoots etc; and the shorter one, on the right of the page, dedicated for  Personal Enquiries.


    There will shortly be an Online Shop where digital images, or Prints of any 'shot', on display in the Galleries, may be purchased  via PayPal. You also be able to link with the site via Facebook and Twitter.   .... Normal Business Terms Apply


    We have one of the new 'dot photography' web domain names, which do not have '.co' '.com' or '.co.uk' suffix's.


    We are...www.redlinesports.photography but to enable us to 'iron out' and identify any minor gliches on the site it is temporarily hosted at....The full HTML site will be up and running mid March.




    Please use the Social Media links at the bottom of the page, Twitter,  Facebook etc; to publicise this website, or leave a message on our CONTACT PAGE


    If you like this 'site' please let others know about us or if  you  have any constructive  comments, queries or suggestions please use the Contact Page. We would love  to have 'feedback' or, send us an email, via our dedicated email address....


    charlie.hulse@redlinesports.photography  or,




Roy Hanks has today annouced his retirement from racing after a career of over 50 (yes fifty) years. A career in which he had a record number of FIFTY FOUR Sidecar TT finishes and One win in the Sidecar TT Race 1 in 1997. Not just a racer, following in the family tradition started by his father Fred' Roy was also one of the driving forces behind The TT Riders Association, of which he has been Chairman for many years. Roy's wife Rose and daughter Julia ( Hanks-Elliott ) were two of his many passengers.

Honda Racing's John McGuinness will remain with the Preston-based Jackson Racing team for 2017 to ride Supersport machinery. McGuinness will ride a Honda CBR6000RR at the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT, alongside Northern Irishman Lee Johnston in the Jackson family run team. 23-time TT winner McGuinness, who is entering his third season with the team, finished fifth in the class at the TT last year, setting his fastest lap since 2013 of 126.329mph.

Check out EVERY major race date on our (Click EVENTS PAGE Here).


MotoGP, World Superbike (full calendars) The Isle of Man TT  Northwest 200; Ulster Grand Prix, British Superbike, The Southern 100,  Isle of Man TT ; Classic TT and Manx Grand Prix, Thundersport and many other race meeting and series. Parades,  Meets, Revivals,  Festivals and Classic Shows. It's all here just follow  the links and never miss an event in the UK; or one of many listed in  Europe

DORNA wants to bring back electric motorcycle racing MotoGP stars on Electric Bikes by 2019

The electric motorcycle racing scene has been dead for a few years (except for the Isle of Man’s TT Zero), but Dorna wants to change that. Dorna, the owner of MotoGP and World Superbike, says it’s planning to start a new five-round battery bike series, run as a support series for the MotoGP championship. Fourteen MotoGP riders and four Moto2 riders would make up the grid; the races would be 10-lap events.

(Ed.) Hmm! It is an interesting 'concept' but can we really see Marc Marquez, Cal Crutchlow, Maverick Vinales, Andrea Iannone and their like being 'allowed' by their teams/manufacturers to race in a one make series ...no matter how much they're pressurised by MotoGP bosses Dorna. This doesn't seem to have been reported anywhere else in the UK so perhaps the silly season has started earlier than usual.

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