The haircut, the sideburns - and an upper body designed for push-starting supertankers
Rocket Ron Haslam at Donington
1972...Ron's first race at Cadwell Park on a 750cc Norton. He is just 15.
1973-4... Wins races at club and national level, but misses half the season after losing his brother, Philip, at Scarborough.
1975... In his first full season, Ron moves up to international level in 350, 500 and 100cc classes, recording 16 wins.
1976...A full international programme
including Daytona, Imola 200, Paul Richard and Ireland. Honours include the Bill
1977...Another successful season in 250,500,1000 and Superbikes classes.
1978...Ron's first trip to the Isle of Man on a 500. A mammoth season covers 125, 250, 500, 1000, Superbike and F1.
1979...Ron adds 350cc to his repertoire,
becoming the first rider to win five different races in a day at Oulton Park and
1980...Sticks with the big bikes: fourth in the British GP F1, third in the Australian Winter Series and F3 World Champion
1981...Wins 7 out of 8 to take the
Street Bike Championship. Also finds time to be crowned F1 World Champion and
1982...First win in F1 at the TT. Wins at Macau again, and races the experimental Honda NR in Holland and Belgium.
1983...First full Grand Prix season with Honda - Two third placed finishes. Ron also records the first hat-trick of wins at Macau.
1984...Third at Daytona and the British
and Italian 500cc Grand Prix. Crowned King of Donington, but the racetrack
1985...Second at Assen, third in Sweden in 500 Grand Prix. Claims Donington and Macau yet again.
1986...Rides an experimental Elf Honda
in the 500 Grand Prix - fifth in Japan. More victories in the Open Class, and
1987...Third in Spain and Germany, fourth overall. And Macau, of course.
1988...Fourth in Grand Prix, King of Donington.
1989...Moves to Suzuki and finishes eighth in an injury-affected season. Wins the Irish Sunflower Race.
1990...A troubled season on experimental Cagiva 500s. Wins Donington F1.
1991...Spearheads the return of Norton, finishing second in the British Championship.
1992...Still with Norton, but misses half the season with a broken leg.
1993-4...Forms Team Great Britain to
nurture young British racing talent. Does a few 250 races to show the youngsters
1995...Switches to Triumph Triples in between running Team GB.
1996...Full time with Team GB.
1997...Sets up the Ron Haslam Race School. Son Leon embarks on his own career in Road Races and Scooters
1998-9...Divides time between the school and Leon's 125cc campaign in the British and European Championships
2000...Back on the racetrack on a Honda
Fireblade in British Superstocks. This is Ron's twenty-eighth year in
Copyright © 1999 Race Corporation. All Rights Reserved.