Bert Yates in action on a Humber motor-bicycle in the early 1900s

Bert Yates was a pioneer motorcycle racer and engineer for the Humber Cycle and Motor Companies in Coventry.

Born Egbert Yates in 1869 in Shropshire, Yates moved to Coventry in the 1890s and found work at the large Humber Company factory close to his new home.

In 1899 he was to become one of the first competitors in what is believed to be the first official motorcycle race held at The Butts, Coventry - of which he finished in first place. This victory ignited a lengthy racing career around Britain whilst working for the Humber Company. In 1902 he won no less than 16 races on the national circuit.

His later career saw him gradually lessen his actual competitive racing and he eventually became racing mechanic for fellow Humber Company employee and racer Sam Brown.

His final years were spent living in Leamington-Spa, Warwickshire with his family, until his death in 1923.
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