Saturday, November 25, 2017

No Limits, George Formby, 1935 (Thanks Tony!)

And relevant to the Joey Dunlop statue I posted a couple days ago, there is a statue of George Formby leaning on a lamppost on Ridgeway Street, close to the intersection with Lord Street, in Douglas, Isle of Man. 

He was a movie star, TT racer, and ukelele player

The Wigan-born ukulele legend, who died in 1961, was one of the country's best-paid stars during his heyday in the 1930s and 1940s.

And he was so famous, as was his motorcycle, the Shuttleworth Snap, that a gentleman from England acts like him at Goodwood

now I finally understand what that checkered motorcycle is about

Graeme Hardy, originally from Melbourne in Derbyshire, (not Wigan), he originally saw the film in the Gaiety Theatre, in Douglas when he was at the TT races many years ago. A biker himself Graeme has raced bikes like Yamaha TZ350, Suzuki 1000 and Honda 900’s at both club and national levels, he has also worked as a mechanic for Neil Haslam when racing in the TT and Southern 100.

Graeme had a couple of model T Fords,was involved in filming and had previously traveled the world with a Laurel & Hardy tribute.The idea for resurrecting the Shuttleworth Snap came up in conversation with Lord March at Goodwood back in 2006.


  1. Hi Jesse,
    You made me realise there must be lots of British cultural references you miss at Goodwood (like the GlamCabs girls if you've never seen the Carry On films).
    By the way, the relevance of George's statue leaning on a lamppost:
    Worth listening to the instrumental at 2:18.

    1. very true! Us yankees need a crib sheet to know what is going on that we're unaware of

  2. Well, it's the same for everyone of course. There's loads of stuff on your website that sails straight over my head.