Founder of the Padgett Dynasty Celebrates his 90th Birthday
The founder of the ‘world famous’ Padgett’s of Batley celebrates his 90th birthday today, 28th December 2021.
Peter Padgett along with his brother Don started the now famous business on Soothill in Batley, West Yorkshire, eventually moving to the well-established site which is now the headquarters not only of the motorcycle showroom, but also where the Padgett’s Racing Team operate from.
Don was the first of the two brothers who raced on the Billown Course in the Southern 100 Road Races between 1965 and 1977.
Peter joined the fray between 1967 and 1970, gaining two best ninth places in the 1966 250cc race and the 1960 350cc race on their Padgett Yamaha’s.
Peter’s son Clive followed his father in 1976 and 1977, whilst his other son Gary raced at ‘the friendly races’ in 1980.
Peter Padgett also rode in the Manx Grand Prix, in 1965 finishing 42nd in the Lightweight race and in 1967 raced in the 250cc Production TT taking 13th place.
Over the years since the mid 1960’s the riders they have sponsored reads like the who’s who of road racing, one of the earliest being Mick Grant to the likes of Connor Cummins and Bruce Anstey in the late 2010’s.
Southern 100 Racing congratulate Peter on reaching yet another significant milestone in his life and that of the Padgett dynasty and thank him for providing road racing with one of the most successful racing teams over a period nearing 60 years!