1907 Isle of Man TT

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The 1907 Isle of Man Tourist Trophy was the first of the Isle of Man TT races. The races took place on 28 May 1907 over the Short Course (St John's, Ballacraine, Kirk Michael, Peel, St John's). The race was ten laps of the 15 mile 1,430 yards course a total race distance of 158.125 miles.

It was at 10am on the Tuesday 28 May 1907 that 25 riders started in pairs in a time-trial format for the 1907 Isle of Man TT Race for road-legal touring motor-cycles with exhaust silencers, saddles, pedals and mud-guards.[1] On lap 1, Jack Marshall riding a Triumph suffered a fall from his motor-cycle and F. Applebee Junior a puncture to his 5 hp Rex machine. By lap 2, Stanley Webb riding a 5 hp Triumph had to stop at St. Johns to adjust a timing-belt[ambiguous] and retired on lap 3 with a problem with the engine exhaust-valve.[2] At the compulsory 10 minute replenishment stop, Oliver Godfrey had to retire when his 5 hp Rex motor-cycle caught fire.[3]

The race and the single-cylinder class was won by Charles R. Collier riding a Matchless motor-cycle in 4 hours, 8 minutes and 8 seconds at an average race speed of 38.21 mph. His brother Harry Collier, also riding a Matchless motor-cycle, had problems with an engine seizure on lap 2 and eventually retired on lap 9.[3]

The Twin-Cylinder class and overall race was initially led by Rem Fowler riding a Norton motor-cycle. On lap 1, Rem Fowler completed the course in 23 minutes and 19 seconds, in 2nd place was Billy Wells in a time of 23 minutes and 21 seconds and Charlie Collier in the single-cylinder class with a time of 23 minutes and 45 seconds. The overall lead fell away as Rem Fowler suffered a number of problems with drive-belts and sparking-plugs and on lap 7, crashed at nearly 60 mph at the "Devils Elbow" on the Kirk Michael to Peel section of the course when a tyre burst.[4] Fowler nearly gave up, but was told by a spectator that he led the twin-cylinder class by 30 minutes from Billy Wells and went on to win at an average race speed of 36.22 mph and set the fastest lap of the race at 42.91 mph.

Single Cylinder race[edit]

Tuesday 28 May 1907 – 10 laps (158 ⅛ miles) St. John's Short Course.

Rank No Rider Team Speed Time
1 4 United Kingdom Charlie Collier 3½ hp Matchless 38.21 mph 4:08.08.2
2 2 United Kingdom Jack Marshall 3½ hp Triumph 36.60 mph 4:19.47.3
3 1 United Kingdom Frank Hulbert 3½ hp Triumph 35.50 mph 4:27.49.4
4 5 United Kingdom R. M. Brice 3½ hp Brown 31.40 mph 5:03.55.2
5 14 German Empire Martin Geiger 3½ hp NSU 30.60 mph 5:10.26.0
6 8 United Kingdom J. C. Smyth 3½ hp Rex 29.40 mph 5:23.40.3
7 11 United Kingdom R. W. Ayrton 3½ hp Coventry 29.10 mph 5:30.26.0
8 10 United Kingdom F. W. Applebee 3½ hp Rex 27.40 mph 5:46.31.0
ret 17 United Kingdom J. P. Le Grand 3 hp GB
ret 6 United Kingdom F. Winter 4 hp ROC
ret 16 United Kingdom Stanley Webb 3½ hp Triumph
ret 15 United Kingdom Tom Silver 3 hp GB
ret 9 United Kingdom W. A. Jacobs 3½ hp Rex
ret 19 German Empire G. Horner 4 hp JAP
ret 12 United Kingdom J. D. Hamilton 3½ hp NSU
ret 18 United Kingdom R. W. Duke 3½ hp Triumph
ret 3 United Kingdom Harry Collier 3½ hp Matchless

[5]

  • J.P.Le Grand finished course outside of time.
  • S. Webb retired lap 3.
  • T. Silver retired lap 7.
  • W.A.Jacobs retired lap 1 after an accident.

Twin Cylinder race[edit]

Tuesday 28 May 1907 – 10 laps (158 ⅛ miles) St. John's Short Course.

Rank No Rider Team Speed Time
1 22 United Kingdom Rem Fowler Peugeot-Norton 36.21 mph 4:21.52.8
2 21 United Kingdom W. H. 'Billy' Wells Vindec 32.30 mph 4:53.44.5
3 26 United Kingdom W. M. Heaton Rex 30.50 mph 5:11.03.5
4 United Kingdom J. A. Dent Vindec
ret United Kingdom T. H. Tessier BAT
ret United Kingdom H. Martin Kerry
ret United Kingdom Oliver Godfrey Rex
ret United Kingdom Frank A Applebee Rex

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ Isle of Man TT by Charles Deane
  2. ^ Isle of Man Weekly Times page 3 Isle of Man Times and General Advertiser 1 June 1907
  3. ^ a b The Motor Cycle dated 5 June 1907 p.446
  4. ^ Isle of Man TT by Charles Deane
  5. ^ The Motor Cycle dated 5 June 1907 p.445

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