Postby IanBotham » Fri Sep 30, 2016 2:25 pm
In line with the families wishes we are now able to make the following statement:
Following a serious incident during the final rounds of the British Historic Racing Club meeting at Cadwell Park on the 25th September 2016 it is with deep regret that the club has to announce the passing of John Schoenemann. Tragically John passed away on Monday at Hull General Infirmary after being airlifted from the circuit.
John, while an Apprentice at Redman Heenan & Froude in Worcester, started racing in 1973. Over the next 25 years, he rode a variety of machines of different capacity. His dedication to the sport he loved saw John winning many championships. His progression led to competition at national and international level. Riding in the 500cc class, he was often at the front of the grid, finishing ahead of well-known riders on better machinery.
His love for motorsport also included Auto grass car racing and Zapcat rib boat racing.
Latterly, John and his brother Andrew enjoyed classic motorcycle racing, particularly the camaraderie and friendship to be found in the race paddock.
Notably, in 2012, riding brother Andrew’s Manx Norton, he took first place in the Vintage Motor Cycle Club’s 500cc Specials Championship, having finished in second place the previous year. John had also won the Duckham Trophy in 2009 and 2010 with the Classic Racing Motorcycle Club.
Other riders had admiration for John because of his fairness and skill, he was a gentleman both on and off the track and will be sadly missed.
On behalf of British Historic Racing; our sympathies and condolences goes out to all of his family.