History of Johnny Helms
A keen time trialist in his youth, Johnny posted times of 1.05 for a 25. 2.15 for a 50. 4.44 for a 100 and 224 miles for a 12-hour. His big love was touring and he clocked up some 16,000 miles a year, many of them with his wife Ruth. He prided himself on cycling to club dinners whatever the weather, where he was in demand as a guest speaker. Everyone wanted to see the creator of those popular cartoon characters Baz and Honk, whose adventures and mishaps captured club life so well.
He was first published in Cycling Weekly on February 6th 1946. A few years ago Helms overtook illustrator Frank Patterson as our longest serving contributor, a record unsurpassed in IPC Media's history. He passed away on November 5th 2009, aged 85.
Article taken from Cycling Weekly 4/02/10.
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