1929 Isle of Man TT

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For the 1929 Isle of Man TT races the Velocette marque had high expectations of another win in the Junior TT Race. Despite the early lead of Alec Bennett, riding a Velocette, and Wal Handley, now riding an AJS motor-cycle, it was Freddie Hicks that led from the third lap and won the 1929 Junior TT Race at a record average speed of 69.71 mph (112.19 km/h) and setting a new race lap record of 31 minutes and 5 seconds an average speed of 70.95 mph (114.18 km/h).

As with 1928 TT Race meeting the 1929 Lightweight TT Race produced another first-time winner with Syd Crabtree on an Excelsior motor-cycle. The 1929 Lightweight TT Race was led for 5 laps by Pietro Ghersi on a Motor Guzzi competing in his first TT race since the disqualification in the Guzzi Incident of 1926. Despite Pietro Ghersi setting the fastest lap at an average speed of 66.63 mph (107.23 km/h), engine failure gave the win to Syd Crabtree. During the 1929 Senior TT Race a number of riders crashed at Greeba Castle after Wal Handley clipped the hedge and crashed. This included Jimmy Simpson, Jack Amott riding for Rudge and Doug Lamb who latter died of his injuries on the way to Nobles Hospital.

The early leader of the 1929 Senior TT Race was H. G. Tyrell Smith riding a Rudge but crashed on 3 lap at Glen Helen. Despite cracked ribs, Tyrell Smith continued but could not match the pace of the new leader Percy Hunt riding a Norton motor-cycle. From lap 5 Charlie Dodson riding a Sunbeam replaced Tim Hunt as the leader, setting an overall lap record of 30 minutes and 47 seconds, for an average of 73.55 mph (118.37 km/h). In better weather conditions than 1928 Charlie Dodson completed a Senior TT double by winning the 7 lap (264.11 miles) 1929 Senior TT Race in 3 hours, 39 minutes and 59 seconds at an average speed of 72.05 mph (115.95 km/h).

Junior TT (350cc)[edit]

7 laps (264.11 miles) Mountain Course.

Rank Rider Team Speed Time
1 United Kingdom Freddie Hicks Velocette 69.71 mph (112.19 km/h) 3.47.23.0
2 United Kingdom Wal Handley AJS 69.29 3:48.45.0
3 United Kingdom Alec Bennett Velocette 69.00 3:49.52.0
4 United Kingdom Charlie Dodson Sunbeam 67.56 3:54.37.0
5 United Kingdom Tom Simister Velocette 67.07 3:56.20.0
6 United Kingdom D. Hall Velocette 77.34 3:57.06.0
7 United Kingdom Syd Crabtree Velocette 64.94 4:00.22.0
8 United Kingdom K. Burrows DOT 65.12 4:03.23.0
9 United Kingdom Kenneth Twemlow DOT 64.83 4:04.30.0
10 United Kingdom J. W. Shaw Velocette 64.63 4:05.15.0

Lightweight TT (250cc)[edit]

7 laps (264.11 miles) Mountain Course.

Rank Rider Team Speed Time
1 United Kingdom Syd Crabtree Excelsior 63.87 4.08.10.0
2 United Kingdom Kenneth Twemlow DOT 62.25 4:13.25.0
3 United Kingdom Frank Longman OK-Supreme 61.78 4:16.33.0
4 South Africa Joe Sarkis OK-Supreme 61.59 4:17.20.0
5 Republic of Ireland C. W. Johnston Cotton 61.29 4:18.37.0
6 United Kingdom S. P. Jackson Montgomery 59.60 4:25.56.0
7 United Kingdom Edwin Twemlow DOT 59.00 4:28.37.0
8 United Kingdom Jim W. Whalley Cotton 58.88 4:29.11.0
9 United Kingdom J. W. Shaw OK-Supreme 58.77 4:29.41.0
10 United Kingdom H. Lester S.O.S. 58.70 4:38.00.0

Senior TT (500cc)[edit]

7 laps (264.11 miles) Mountain Course.

Rank Rider Team Speed Time
1 United Kingdom Charlie Dodson Sunbeam 72.05 mph (115.95 km/h) 3.39.59.0
2 United Kingdom Alec Bennett Sunbeam 70.51 3:44.07.0
3 Republic of Ireland H. G. Tyrell Smith Rudge 70.25 3:45.37.0
4 United Kingdom Percy Hunt Norton 70.16 3:45.54.0
5 United Kingdom Ernie Nott Rudge 69.80 3:47.04.0
6 United Kingdom Freddie Hicks Velocette 69.26 3:48.51.0
7 Australia E. A. Simcock Sunbeam 68.90 3:50.02.0
8 Republic of Ireland C. W. Johnston Cotton 67.68 3:53.56.0
9 United Kingdom Edwin Twemlow DOT 66.92 3:34.21.0
10 United Kingdom S. P. Jackson Montgomery 66.23 3:59.19.0

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