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Romford John’s helping hand

Staff at Suzuki dealer John’s of Romford, Essex, are teaching Metropolitan Police traffic cop Ange Harrop (45) motorcycle maintenance at the shop when she is off duty.

Harrop lost her partner Matt Smith to Covid in October and decided to take up his classic scramble race number in his memory. She made her competition debut at Marks Tey, Essex, in March, riding a 1973 175 Can-Am two-stroke, chosen because it is relatively easy to start.

Admiring her spirit the Romford boys have taken her under their wing and are pleased to help so that she can be self-sufficient spannerwise when she races further afield. 

Having served in the Met for 21  years, Harrop deals with fatal and serious accidents and rides a selection of BMWs as part of her duties. Riding motocross takes her away from the pressures of work and personal bereavement.

“I love it. I want to do as many events as I can,” says Harrop who runs Suzuki GSX750 and SV650 road bikes.

Minding her progress, coaching her on the spanners, and currently providing race transport is John’s Suzuki senior technician Mark Plaster (61) who has been with the company for 45 years, joining as a 16-year-old. Plaster has been riding classic moto cross for the past ten years.

John’s Suzuki and John’s Honda can trace its history to 1968, taking on Suzuki in 1970 followed by Honda. The business at the time was run by the late John Adlington and is now run by his son Michael (64) whose promising grass track career was cut short by a serious accident aged 21.


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