Published on 20 Aug 2010 by Toni M.
Hilda Wright may just be Valentino Rossi’s oldest living fan ever. This 102-year-old English lady (that’s right 102!) celebrated her birthday by sitting and revving the engine of Rossi’s Yamaha YZF-R1 which he used for a parade lap at the Isle of Man TT circuit in 2009.
This was made possible by her grand-daughter’s husband Steve Shaw, who owns Highbarn Motorcycles and tracked down the R1 for his high spirited grandmother.
Apparently Hilda was turned on to watching motorcyle racing by Shaw and has become a MotoGP fan and cheers for Rossi. “She really enjoyed getting on the motorbike and said ‘aren’t I lucky to be sitting on Rossi’s bike?’ reported her daughter to Oldham Chronicle News.
We hope that Valentino will get wind of this and maybe go out of his way to meet Hilda, which would be another great birthday present.