In the late 50’s, Dave’s older brother Tim, introduced him to motorcycle racing. At that time, Tim was an accomplished racer who was also a mechanic at Brown’s Sports & Cycles. It wasn’t long before Dave followed in his tire tracks.
His first race was at Harewood Acres on a BSA Gold Star and Dave says, “I didn’t have a clue what I was doing.” Nora and Ernie White helped Dave through his early racing days in Canada, initially on another Gold Star along with a Manx Norton and Yamaha. Dave took the Manx to Isle of Man the summer he turned Expert, finishing 20th in the Senior TT and earning a Bronze replica. At Brno, Czech National Championship round, he finished 4th behind Kel Carruthers.
Dave thinks of his days in Europe as, “buying the best seat in the house to watch GP racing. I was right there with riders like Hailwood, Redman, Duff, Read and Agostini.”
In 1964, the Gold Star had quit at the Daytona TT and a stranger offered him a G50 Matchless he’d never ridden before; Dave finished 6th and earned his only World Championship point at the FIM sanctioned TT.
After his own bike had crashed at Isle of Man in 1968, a British sponsor offered Dave a pair of CR93 Hondas 125cc with one bored out to 180 to compete in the 250 class. He crashed the 180cc at Kirkmichael which has an unprotected solid stone wall but Dave was lucky to slide through the only open gate in the wall! He later won a silver medal in the 250 Class.
In the late 60’s, Dave rode Yamahas for Trev Deeley and raced in the Daytona TT. In 1967, he competed in the only Canadian Grand Prix at Mosport placing 7th on Ernie White’s Manx Norton.
Dave raced a full season with Roger Beaumont in “the continental circus,” the Grand Prix World Championships. Those races produced epic battles in what has been referred to as the golden era of racing. Hundreds of thousands of fans in attendance! Not only would the competitors be remembered as “legends of their time,” but you would see and hear the most exotic racing machines ever produced. Many ran with open exhausts and the sounds have been described as “magic.”
In 1996 on Herb Becker’s Norton, he captured the VRRA Master’s title and scored many wins in the USA on the AHRMA circuit. Herb is another of those guys who sponsors racers and wrenches the bikes for the love of the sport.
Dave was highly involved with the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame, representing both motorcycle and stock car racing and sat on the Board of Directors. He feels its very important that we preserve the history of Canadian motorcycle racing in all disciplines.
Having raced in every discipline of racing, Lloyd had to add another to his list; an attempt at a speed record at Bonneville in a streamliner. It takes a brave man to climb in one of those if you can even fit. Lying on your back, you “up” a periscope to see where you are going! Unfortunately, mechanical failures of Bob Williams’ CBR600RR cancelled the first year and on the secondattempt, the streamliner hit some ruts at top speed, went down and slid before becoming airborne, rolled several times and crashed. Thankfully Dave was not hurt.
Dave took another short break from solo racing when his friend, Dave Powell, Sidecar Champion, invited him to experience a season as his passenger. Both in their 70’s, they had a good season and lots of fun!
Dave played a primary role in the start up of the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame together with Bar Hodgson, Bob Ramsay and Peter Sheppard. He has been on the board of Directors several times. He was also the recipient of the first Bar and Hedy Hodgson Award in 2008 for contributions to motorcycling in Canada
For 8 years, Dave was the Director of Sales & Marketing for the CASCAR stock car racing series.
Dave also donated his time judging the vintage motorcycle class at Toronto International Motorcycle Show, one of the largest motorcycle shows in North America.