Born and raised near Liverpool, Terry was about 10 when he was smitten with motorcycle racing, in part because of the stories his dad told him about the great prewar TT races. By the time he began his British National Service in the Royal Air Force at age 18, he was a committed motorcyclist and started the first motorcycle club on his RAF station, an activity that led to his finally going roadracing. He was immediately recognized as a very, very fast, smooth and natural racer, riding in the tough Irish and English races held on public roads as well as on closed circuits. Soon he was racing for Norton, then MV. But by the end of the ’50s, when Terry was approaching 30 years old, disaster struck with the van crash that ended his motorcycle racing—though it did introduce him to a nurse who became his life’s love, his wife Marion.