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stan shenton dies aged 91

Stan Shenton, a dealer and racing sponsor who sought to raise the image of motorcycling, has died aged 91. He had been in nursing home for a year.

Stan joined Boyer of Bromley when he married the daughter of proprietor Robert Bentley. He had insurance business experience and a grounding in engineering from RAF service. When his father-in-law’s health failed, he took over the business. Best-known for Triumph and then Kawasaki, the modern, well-kept shop became nationally known thanks to its sponsored riders, Boyer workshop foreman Dave Nixon and commercial artist Peter Butler. They won the 1968 500-mile GP d’Endurance Production marathon at Brands Hatch on a 500cc Triumph against factory opposition on 650s. Stan’s insurance background at Lloyds proved useful when he helped the ACU frame workable Production Class racing rules. 

A tie-up with Bob Gayler, owner of Ashford, Kent company Piper Cams and college lecturer Ernie Bransden led to development of Boyer Bransden electronic ignition. Launched in 1969, it was, and still is, a popular aftermarket fitment. Shenton’s 1976 book Triumph Tuning, remains a vital source for anyone seeking to boost performance from Meriden machines.

Deeply upset by Nixon’s death at the 1974 1000cc Production TT, Stan was on the point of giving up on racing. But with the demise of Triumph, Kawasaki came to the fore and a Boyer  race team set up in 1974 sponsored Barry Ditchburn, Kork Ballington and Mick Grant on ‘Green Meanie’ two-strokes. From 1978 Stan ran a full factory grand prix team for Kawasaki until the marque withdrew from GPs at the end of 1982. He was assisted by his son Stuart, who went on to be a key member of Suzuki’s GP operation from 1992 to 2010.

Stan Shenton’s funeral is at the Surrey and Sussex Crematorium, Crawley RH10 3NQ at 11.15am this Thursday, 28 November.          

 

 

 

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