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Fred Rogers


Fred Rogers, a founding partner in Knott Mill Motorcycles, Manchester, died at home in Cheshire on 10 August, aged 80.

Working in the motorcycle and car trade, mainly as a self-employed mechanic, Rogers was a competitor on two, three and four wheels, riding in the 1961 Manx GP Senior.

In 1962 he was dragged from a blazing car he was testing at Oulton Park. The accident resulted in a permanently disabled leg. He met his wife to be, ‘Paddy’, while convalescing. They married in 1965.

In 1971 he joined Geoff Alcock Motorcycles, then in 1974 he  partnered with the late Graham Berry to start Knott Mill Motorcycles with Kawasaki, Harley-Davidson, Benelli and Cossack franchises, and MZ as a sub-dealer.

Knott Mill was sold in 1978 and Rogers joined Vale Royal Borough Council’s HGV workshop. In his spare time supplied MZ spares, and on taking early retirement in 2000 he ploughed the proceeds into MZ spares and worked tirelessly to keep MZ riders on the road until he suffered a heart attack in 2011, aged 70.

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