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Vale Eric Hinton 1934-2015 | NEWS

The motorcycling community is in mourning today after the death of former Australian motorcycle racer Eric Hinton.

The 81-year old enjoyed a long and successful International racing career, contesting several Grand Prix races in 1950 aboard Norton’s and Yamaha’s before representing Australia on the official 1956 Isle of Man TT team, and winning the 500cc Czech GP in Brno (1959).

Eric passed away at Sydney’s Westmead Hospital following a long battle with Parkinson’s disease and the effects of a stroke. He is survived by his younger brother Peter, wife Kathleen, sons Tony and Peter, and four grandchildren.

Hinton Family Statement

Australian international racing motorcyclist Eric Hinton passed away peacefully in Sydney’s Westmead Hospital today, December 17th, surrounded by his family. He was 81 and had been in full-time care for several years with Parkinson’s disease and the effects of a stroke.

Prior to his illness, Eric and wife of 56 years Kathleen had lived in Baulkham Hills for 40 years and raised sons Peter and Tony.

Eric Hinton was the middle of three sons of Australian motorcycle racing legend Harry Hinton Snr and a toolmaker by trade. He was a multiple Australian TT and Bathurst winner and first travelled overseas in 1956 as a member of Australia’s official Isle of Man TT team. His nine-year international career included winning the 1959 Czech Grand Prix.

After returning home from Europe in 1969, Eric continued racing locally until the early 1970s, then helped prepare winning machines for younger brother Robert, and later for his sons.