1911 Isle of Man TT

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The 1911 Isle of Man Tourist Trophy races took place for the first time over the "Snaefell Mountain Course". The whole organisation of the races was given over to the Auto Cycle Union (ACU), who announced the use of the longer mountain course with a four lap (150 mile) Junior race on Friday 30 June and a five lap (189 mile) race for the Senior race on Monday 3 July. In only five years the TT races had grown up and commercialism set in. Grandstands were built by the Douglas Corporation in what had been popular and free vantage points in Douglas to the displeasure of the public.

Preparations for this new challenging course that meant an eight mile (13 km) uphill climb from Ramsey to Brandywell causing the manufacturers to devise methods of modifying their mainly single-gear machines to cope with the mountain not once, but several times. Harold Collier on the single-cylinder Matchless and Percy J. Evans fought for first place in the Junior event. In the Senior event British pride and prestige was dented when the Indians took the first three places. Charlie Collier crossed the finish line second on his Matchless, but was disqualified for refuelling outside the designated area.[1]

Junior TT final standings[edit]

Friday 30 June 1911 – 4 laps (150 miles) Four Inch Course/Snaefell Mountain Course[2]

Rank No Rider Team Speed Time
1 17 United Kingdom Percy J Evans 2¾ hp Humber 41.45 mph 3:37.07.0
2 15 United Kingdom Harry A Collier 2 hp Matchless 39.74 mph 3:46.20.0
3 26 United Kingdom Harold J Cox 2¾ hp Forward 38.22 mph 3:55.26.0
4 24 Isle of Man Douglas M Brown 2¾ hp Humber 38.07 mph 3:56.24.0
5 36 United Kingdom H Greaves 2¾ hp Royal Enfield 38.04 mph 3:56.34.0
6 5 United Kingdom K Gassert 2¾ hp NSU 37.91 mph 3:57.23.0
7 18 United Kingdom W W Douglas 2¾ hp Douglas 37.47 mph 4:00.11.0
8 23 Isle of Man A G Fenn 2¾ hp Humber 37.29 mph 4:01.19.0
9 10 United Kingdom F Percy Johnson 2¾ hp Humber 36.86 mph 4:04.10.0
10 2 United Kingdom Jack Haslam 2¾ hp Zenith 35.85 mph 4:04.11.0
11 United Kingdom P Weatherilt 2¾ hp Zenith 36.64 mph 4:05.37.0
12 31 United Kingdom G L Fletcher 2¾ hp Douglas 35.92 mph 4:10.33.0
13 12 United Kingdom Sam Wright 2¾ hp Humber 34.68 mph 4:19.27.0
14 28 United Kingdom J D Corke 2¾ hp AJS 34.19 mph 4:23.14.0
15 33 United Kingdom A J Stevens 2¾ hp AJS 33.75 mph 4:26.37.0
16 33 United Kingdom N D Slatter 2¾ hp Alcyon 33.41 mph 4:29.18.0
17 United Kingdom W E Grange 2¾ hp Humber 31.63 mph 4:44.30.0
18 29 United Kingdom A Boldt 2¾ hp Indian 30.68 mph 4:53.21.0
19 9 United Kingdom Rem Fowler 2¾ hp New Hudson 30.67 mph 4:53.22.0
20 16 United Kingdom A H Alexander 2¾ hp Rex 29.95 mph 5:00.27.0

Fastest Lap: Percy J Evans 2¾ hp Humber – 42.13 mph (53 minutes 24 seconds)

Senior TT final standings[edit]

Monday 3 July 1911 – 5 laps (187 miles 4 furlongs) Four Inch Course/Snaefell Mountain Course[3]

Rank No Rider Team Speed Time
1 26 United Kingdom Oliver Godfrey 3¾ hp Indian 47.63 mph 3:56.10.0
2 17 United Kingdom C B Franklin 3¾ hp Indian 46.90 mph 3:59.52.0
3 31 United Kingdom A J Moorhouse 3¾ hp Indian 45.81 mph 4:05.34.0
4 7 United Kingdom Harry A Collier 4 hp Matchless 47.63 mph 4:09.42.0
5 54 United Kingdom Hugh Mason 3 hp Matchless 45.05 mph 4:15.35.0
6 21 United Kingdom J A Carvill 3½ hp Triumph 43.80 mph 4:16.49.0
7 46 United Kingdom W Harry Bashall 4 hp BAT 43.61 mph 4:17.57.0
8 3 Isle of Man Quentin Smith 3½ hp Triumph 43.49 mph 4:18.40.0
9 63 United Kingdom H Lister-Cooper 3½ hp Triumph 47.63 mph 4:22.21.0
10 49 United Kingdom J T Bashall 4 hp BAT 42.88 mph 4:24.56.0
11 14 United Kingdom Harry Reed 4 hp DOT 41.24 mph 4:32.45.0
12 15 United Kingdom W.Newsome 3½ hp Triumph 40.89 mph 4:35.06.0
13 45 United Kingdom F C North 3½ hp Ariel 39.64 mph 4:43.45.0
14 66 United Kingdom F Percy Johnson 4 hp Matchless 39.52 mph 4:44.37.0
15 4 United Kingdom B V Jones 3½ hp Premier 39.31 mph 4:46.09.0
16 33 United Kingdom P Weatherilt 3½ hp Zenith 39.21 mph 4:46.37.0
17 58 United Kingdom J R Haswell 3½ hp Triumph 38.55 mph 4:51.46.0
18 55 United Kingdom J R Alexander 3¾ hp Indian 37.74 mph 4:58.01.0
19 61 United Kingdom F Mackay 3½ hp Singer 36.88 mph 5:05.00.0
20 62 United Kingdom Norman F Holder 4 hp Blumfield 47.63 mph 5:05.26.0
21 52 United Kingdom W Stanhope Spencer 3½ hp Rudge 36.83 mph 5:12.47.0
22 28 United Kingdom J.Gibson 3½ hp Rudge 47.63 mph 5:16.37.0
23 32 United Kingdom A Boldt 3½ hp NSU 35.53 mph 5:21.58.0
24 11 United Kingdom Howard Smith 3½ hp Triumph 37.19 mph 5:24.30.0
25 51 United Kingdom A Berlie 4 hp Moto-Reve 33.39 mph 5:36.51.0
26 12 United Kingdom F A Applebee 4 hp Scott 32.80 mph 5:42.58.0

Fastest Lap: Frank Phillip 4 hp Scott – 50.14 mph (44 minutes 52 seconds)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ward, James J. (November 2007). "The Flying “M” on the IOM: The Matchless Name and the Tourist Trophy Races". International Journal of Motorcycle Studies. International Journal of Motorcycle Studies. Retrieved 2014-04-02. 
  2. ^ Isle of Man Weekly Times page 2 Isle of Man Times and General Advertiser 1 July 1911
  3. ^ Isle of Man Weekly Times page 2 Isle of Man Times and General Advertiser 8 July 1911

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