How Carl Fogarty got into racing
What many do not know about some racing drivers is how they got into racing. We start our reporting with an icon from the Superbike World Championship. Before the Northern Irishman Jonathan Rea won his 4th title in 2018, this was the undisputed king of the near-series World Cup. Of course, we’re talking about “King Carl” Fogarty, as many of his compatriots used to call him because of his career successes. His father George was neither a king nor a count, but a racing enthusiast and hard-working, simple man. As his son would later tell: “Dad worked long hours and usually came home late, often after I went to bed. His passion was road racing, and he drove as an amateur, only for pleasure.”
Young Carl Fogarty
“Foggy” was born Carl George Fogarty on July 1, 1965 in Blackburn, England. His father, himself a former racing driver, introduced his son to racing. It all started for Carl with his first motocross race at the age of 13, after his father had bought him a used Suzuki RM100 before that. It all started for the introverted young Carl at a 125 cc motocross event in Carnforth and he fell early in the race. But from now on he had found pleasure in it and his career was launched. When he was 18, he accompanied his father for the first time to the Tourist Trophy on the Isle of Man.
The angry young viewer
It was a key moment for the young Foggy and not that he was proud of his father’s achievement on the track. On the contrary, he was to put it on record later “I was furious with him because he was lapping slower than 114mph, the absolute minimum he should have been doing. He didn’t seem bothered about winning. I couldn’t understand why he wasn’t doing everything possible”. But the boy was absolutely delighted with the thrill and glamor of great racing. From that moment on there was no turning back for him and he was absolutely convinced that he could beat as many as he saw driving there.
Five years after the key experience at the age of 18, Carl Fogarty became TT world champion in the F1 class for the first time, which he repeated again in 1989. In 1992 he became endurance world champion. First he drove individual races in the Superbike World Championship on Honda from 1989 and two years later he entered for a full season and finished seventh in the final. His first victory followed in the 1992 season, now with Ducati and the year after he started for Ducati Team Ramond Roche of the 1990 WorldSBK World Champion. From then on, one of the most successful series began, which has ever existed to this day in this 1988 newly created World Cup. So far, only Jonathan Rea on Kawasaki has been able to surpass Foggy’s most outstanding milestones.
For more about Carl Fogarty’s WorldSBK years and the history of racing, see our History.