Motorbike enthusiast Roger in the fast lane

Roger Charlesworth
Roger Charlesworth

What’s your earliest memory?

First visit to Prenton Park to watch Tranmere Rovers v Grimsby in 1949.

What do you wish they’d taught you at school, but didn’t?


Ignore what you’re doing now – if you could do any job in the world, what would it be and why?

Chief test rider for Ducati.

Of all the places you’ve been in your life, which would you recommend to a stranger?

Isle of Man for the TT.

If you could pass one new law tomorrow, what would it be and why?

Ban ‘no win no fee’ litigation.

You can invite three people – living or dead, from any period – round for dinner. Who are they and why?

Robert Maxwell – exactly what did happen to him?, Alexander Fleming so that he could see the full benefit of antibiotics, Niccolo Machiavelli – probably the driving force behind every 20th Century dictator.

If you were stuck on Death Row, what would you pick for your final meal?

Homemade leek and potato soup, beef wellington with saute potatoes and vegetables, raspberry pavlova.

And if you could write your own epitaph or come up with famous last words in advance, what would you pick?

I was unique, thank God.

If you could have any super power, what would it be and why?

To be invisible at will.

How do you relax?

Messing with all things mechanical.

What’s your greatest fear?

Big dippers.

What was the last little treat you bought for yourself, or someone else?

Triumph TT Legend.

If you had to give up something tomorrow, what would you find it hardest to live without?

Fast motorbikes.

What’s the most important lesson that life has taught you so far?

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

If you could leap forward to the year 2050, what would you expect, or hope, to find there?

More oil.

Favourite films of all time?

The World’s Fastest Indian – here is a man who refused to be kept from his dream by petty rules and conventions; Shadowlands – first pleasure then pain.

Favourite books of all time?

All Quiet on the Western Front – needs no explanation; The Prince – a must for any manager with ambition.

Favourite albums/songs of all time?

Anything by Bob Dylan – the greatest pop poet of the 20th Century; anything by Roy Orbison – for his voice; Bat Out of Hell, by Meatloaf – motorcyclists’ anthem.

Favourite restaurants within 20 miles of Brackley?

Jack’s Hill Cafe for a great fry-up; Fawsley Hall for anything truly special.

Have you got a favourite shop within 20 miles of Buckingham? Why is it so good? If your favourite shop is further away, tell us why it’s worth making the journey.

Harrods – just to stand and stare in the food hall.

You’re taking friends or family out for the day, but you can’t go more than 20 miles from Buckingham. What’s your recommendation and why?

Burton Dassett Country Park – unrivalled views and walking the hills is great for the heart.

What’s your best kept entertainment or social life secret, or guilty pleasure?

Afternoon tea at Fawsley Hall.

Which person in the public eye would you most like to meet and why?

It is a close run thing this one, between Gordon Brown to tell him why he was so wrong and Margaret Thatcher to thank her for being so right.

What do you go out of your way to avoid?

Any reality television and the whole celebrity culture thing.

Always leave them laughing – so please tell us a joke.

A white horse walks into a bar. The barman says: “Hello, we’ve got a drink named after you.” The horse says: “What? Eric?”