Tony Rutter (24 September 1941 – 24 March 2020) was a British professional motorcycle road racer, who won seven Isle of Man TT Races between 1973 and 1985. Rutter competed in the Grand Prix motorcycle world championships from 1969 to 1976. He was the British road racing national champion in the 350cc class in 1971, on a Yamaha, and the 250cc class in 1973 again on a Yamaha.
Tony completed the first-ever 110 mph lap of the North West 200 circuit in 1973. He was inducted into the North West 200 Hall of Fame after winning the event nine times. Rutter also won four consecutive Formula Two World Championships from 1981 to 1984 on factory supplied Ducati 600/s
His career was effectively ended by a very bad accident at the Montjuïc street circuit in Barcelona, Spain, in 1985; however even after this incident he recovered, and continuing to ride in the TT until 1991 but not with the intense competetive edge he had before the Mon In later years Tony also appeared at some Classic Festivals enjoying "the craic" with old friends and fellow competitors from the 70's and 80's.
The greater Birmingham area, with it's strong links to motorcycle manufacturing via BSA and Triumph and Norton, spawned many iconic racers, both solo and sidecar, in 60's 70's and 80's and Tony Rutter epitomised the 'midlands heartland racers' of the era, hard riding and totally dedicated to their sports...but they knew how to party after the racing was over.
My sincere condolences to all family, friends, team mates and the paddock community.
Rest in Peace Tony Rutter you will be greatly missed.