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Derek W Minter

Male 1932 - 2015  (82 years)


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  • Name Derek W Minter 
    Born 27 Apr 1932  Ickham, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    _UID 557527D80798474F9EF016CB30C2F3EA3C7F 
    Died 2 Jan 2015  Kent Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried 30 Jan 2015  Barham Crematorium, Barham, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • In the 1950s and 60s Derek was a very well-known racing motorcyclist, known as 'The King of Brands'. He raced in the Isle of Man TT several times, coming first in 1962 in the Lightweight (250) event on a Honda and was a multiple British Champion in the early 1960s.

      Derek has his own Wikipedia entry.

      Derek and Jennifer appear in the 2004 Electoral Register.

      Derek died on 2 January 2015. The following appeared on the bikesportnews website on 5 January:
      One of Britain's greatest short circuit racers, Derek Minter, died on Friday, January 2. He was 82 and had been in ill-health for some time. Best known for his prowess on British tracks and known as the original "King of Brands" he was a multiple champion, mostly on Manx Nortons tuned either by Ray Petty or Steve Lancefield.
      This was in the late fifties and sixties when he was competing against the likes of Mike Hailwood, Bob McIntyre, John Hartle and John Cooper. But he was also a regular and successful competitor in world championship events in Europe and in the Isle of Man when the TT was a championship event.
      In 1960 Minter was the first rider to lap the thirty seven and three quarter mile course at over 100mph on a single cylinder machine in a race won by Surtees with Hailwood third. In 1962, he won the Lightweight 250cc TT on a privately entered Honda beating the works machines. A year later (1963) he was chosen, together with John Hartle, to join a Gilera bid led by Geoff Duke to wrest the world 500cc championship from the MV factory and Hailwood. But an early season crash at Brands Hatch, which also resulted in the death of Dave Downer, ruled him out and his place was taken by Phil Read. He returned to finish third in the Ulster GP and second in the East German GP. He retired in 1967 to run his haulage business from his home in Kent.

      Another, more personal, memory appeared on the bikesportnews website on 10 January 2015. It mentioned that Derek's wife Jenny died a few months ago and that he is survived by daughters Leanne and Michelle.
    Person ID I83  Ickham, Kent
    Last Modified 7 Sep 2017 

    Father William George Minter,   b. 19 Dec 1900, Ash, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jan 1988, Canterbury, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Mother Rhoda Clara CURD,   b. 31 Mar 1905, Bridge RD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 1980, Canterbury RD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married Sep 1927  Bridge RD Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Family ID F73  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Marion LONDON 
    Last Modified 8 Sep 2009 20:07:00 
    Family ID F74  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Jennifer Ann ALDRICH,   d. 7 Aug 2014, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Mar 1968  Bridge RD Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Children 
     1. Leanne Minter
     2. Michelle Minter
    Last Modified 8 Sep 2009 20:07:00 
    Family ID F611  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 27 Apr 1932 - Ickham, Kent Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Derek Minter born 1932
    Derek Minter born 1932
    "The King of Brands"

  • Sources 
    1. [S3] BMD index, Q2 1932 Bridge 2a/1721. (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S3] BMD index, Jan 2015 Kent 5641Y/511362588. (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S3] BMD index (Reliability: 3).
      Q3 1927 Bridge 2a/2657.

    4. [S3] BMD index (Reliability: 3).
      Q1 1968 Bridge 5f/212.