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Hunter claims oldest biker in town title

By Fiona Reid
Hunter claims oldest biker in town title

IS 87-year-old Hunter Wilson Scotland’s oldest biker?

Despite being in his late 80s, the Moffat man purchased a brand new KTM Duke 390 bike just last month and gets out on the road whenever he can.

In November last year the Sunday Post asked if they had found Scotland’s oldest biker in greatgrandad Jockie Reid, aged 81.

However, Hunter, who is six years senior, believes he might actually be the oldest biker in Scotland.

He said: “Allegedly I am the oldest biker in the country,Icertainly don’t know any anyone older than me still riding.

“I wouldn’t exactly call it an achievement, but I would feel some pride at being the oldest and extremely fortunate to be able to continue doing something that makes me happy well in to my retirement.”

The former grocers and bakery owner has been riding since 1949 when he got his first bike, a Norton Model 18, for his 21st birthday.

He said: “Motorbikes and riding are in the family.Iwould say that I inherited my passion for bikes from my own dad and passed it on to my own son Neil.”

A life-long passion for biking and motorbikes has taken Hunter to France three times aboard his bike but the pensioner, who retired in 1991, has no plans for a return trip after downsizing to a lighter model.

However, he doesn’t intend to hang up his helmet any time soon and as a founder member of Moffat and District Motor Club keeps busy with their activities. He said: “I plan to continue riding for as long as the doctors say I am fit to. I want to inspire a younger generation and prove that age is just a number.”

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