Allan David Jefferies
18th September 1972 - 29th May 2003
Already 11 years have passed since David Jefferies, known as "DJ" to his fans, was killed when he lost control of his 1,000 cc Suzuki at Crosby whilst practising for the 2003 TT races. Controversy still surrounds the accident which also nearly took the life of Jim Moodie.
This is my small tribute to the big man. I hope it brings back some happy memories for you too.
David Jefferies was undoubtedly the pre-eminent Isle of Man TT racer of his generation. The speed at which he could wrestle his motorcycle around the 37-mile course put him in a different league from other competitors. His record lap in 2002 127.29 mph, was astonishing.

After setting that record, Jefferies remarked, "I learn tracks pretty quick, and really enjoy riding ordinary road bikes on public roads, so this place really suits me.......The buzz you get round here is mega - the buzz of getting it right is just so good."

Islander, former GP rider and TV race commentator Steve 'Stavros' Parrish told me he believes that "DJ would have made the current TT even bigger and better" and went on to say that he is "pretty sure that DJ would still be setting the benchmarks."

John McGuinness, multi-winner of Isle of Man TT races, rated his friend as 'probably the most naturally talented rider in the British paddock'.
A Family Affair
It was, perhaps, inevitable that DJ would grow up to participate in some form of competitive motorcycle sport.

His grandfather, Allan, was the leading British trials rider of the late 1930's and founded the famous Scott Trial.

During the 1970s his father, Tony, won two TT races, whilst his uncle Nick won the Formula One TT in 1993 and was a top-class trials rider.

His arrival into the world was brought forward when his mother, Pauline, went into labour after watching her husband Tony crash at Mallory Park race track.

He first competed in motorcycle trials at the age of seven, riding an 80 cc Yamaha, which was a Christmas present from his parents.

At 14 he began racing in motocross events, but knee ligament damage cut short his off-road career. Instead, he began road racing on a 600 cc Yamaha in 1990.
Unlike many professional racers, David Jefferies loved to ride motorbikes on public roads.
Although he raced at the top level in World Championship Grands Prix and World Superbike events, his size and bulk were always against him - he stood 6 ft 2 in and weighed 14 stone. However, even on the closed circuit tracks, he scored a number of successes in British championships, notably in 1996, when he took both the British Powerbike Production and the Triumph Speed Triple titles. In 2002, he added the British Superstock championship.
Isle of Man TT Career
He specialized in street circuits, such as the Isle of Man TT and the North West 200, where he was a four-time winner. At the Isle of Man TT, Jeffries was the first rider to lap in excess of 125 miles per hour (201 km/h) and the first to win three races during the week-long festival for three consecutive years.He also set the absolute lap record for the Isle of Man TT course during the 2002 Senior TT at 17min 47sec, an average speed of 127.29 miles per hour (204.85 km/h).[2]
In 1998 Jefferies entered his first TT meeting, claiming the best newcomers' award with a lap at more than 115 mph. The following year he missed the Manx races through injury, but returned in 1999 to win three TT races, a remarkable achievement in only his second year. Perhaps not surprisingly, he placed the expression on his parents' faces when he pulled into the winners' enclosure after his debut win as one of his best moments in racing. Over the next two TT's, 2000 and 2002 (the 2001 races were cancelled due to the foot-and-mouth disease epidemic), he scored two further triples, a feat unique in the races' long history.
Isle of Man TT Race Record

TTs Contested = 6 (1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003)
TT Wins = 9
First TT win = 1999 Formula One TT
Last TT win = 2002 Senior TT
Podiums = 10
The grave of Dave Jefferies in Charlestown Cemetery, Baildon, near Bradford, West Yorkshire.
"Those who risk nothing, do nothing, achieve nothing, become nothing."
 
DJ's Story
Invariably breezy and cheerful, the appeal of David Jefferies to his Isle of Man TT fans was his complete lack of pretension. He was a down-to-earth man who simply loved riding motorcycles.

Some excellent books and DVD's about David Jefferies are still available. Here are a few suggestions that you might consider.
BOOKS
This book is available from Amazon.
DVDs
This film is available from the iomtt.com shop
This DVD is available from Amazon.
Double-click to watch on YouTube

The full version of this film is available from the iomtt.com shop
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The internet is an amazing source of images. Unfortunately it is also very good at losing the names of those that created them. To those that I am unable to credit, I thank you for your love of photography and the memories which you capture for the greater good. If you know who should be acknowledged or notice an error, please Tweet me @YoopaMan and we can sort it out.