Racing in Ayrshire, 1953

These images, courtesy of William Holden, show Scottish domestic racing in 1953 in Ayrshire.

There are several of John Kennedy, a rider that regular readers of this blog will know I have developed an interest. is there racing for Velo Club Stella in a few of them.

The Velo Club Stella has been described by a few people to me as ‘the first elite cycle racing team in Scotland’ and below we see what I guess to be the leaders of the respective races depicted, with John Kennedy in the mix.

John Kennedy Ayrshire 1953

Above, Kennedy in the foreground, racing for Velo Club Stella with Harry Fairbairn (Ayr Roads CC), left, and Cathcart McCurdie Hay (New Cumnock Cycling Club), middle tackling a climb in Ayrshire.

William’s father, Thomas Moss Holden was connected to the NCCC.

Harry Fairbairn is a name riders from today should recognise, as his BMW dealership still graces the jersey of the Ayr Roads CC. One blog reader recalls that he may have started with a bike shop before diversified into cars, and that he is the brother-in-law of Ian Steel .

John Kennedy Ayrshire Road Race, Dalmellington, 1953

Ayrshire Road Race, Dalmellington, 1953. L-R Harry Fairbairn (Ayr Rds CC) John Kennedy (VCS) Curdie Hay (NCCC). Curdie punctured at Dalleagles.

Ayrshire Road Race, 1953

Ayrshire Road Race, 1953, Curdie Hay in front.

Further images in his photo collection show roller racing in front of Tweedies Garage in New Cumnock with the equipment badged as belonging to the Fullarton Wheelers, along with various other shots of Ayr RC club members and rides.

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