1936 Isle of Man TT

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The 1936 Isle of Man Tourist Trophy saw Norton rider Jimmie Guthrie win the Senior, and come fifth in the Junior. The Junior was won by Freddie Frith in his first year on the Norton team, and the Lightweight was won by Bob Foster on a New Imperial.

Following on from the dramatic win by Stanley Woods in the 1935 Senior TT Race, the 1936 Junior TT Race proved to be highly controversial and was marred by disqualification and protest. As Moto Guzzi were involved in war production for the crisis in Abyssinia, Stanley Woods rode for Velocette in the 1936 Junior TT but retired at Sulby on lap 1 with engine problems. After leading for five laps, Jimmie Guthrie was forced to stop between Hillberry and Signpost Corner to replace the drive chain.[1] Although Jimmie Guthrie continued in 2nd place the lead passed to Norton team-mate Freddie Frith who had joined the team after winning the 1935 Junior Manx Grand Prix. At Parliament Square in Ramsey on lap 6, Jimmie Guthrie was 'black-flagged' for receiving outside assistance and disqualified. Guthrie denied the charge, however, and continued the race to finish in fifth place which was won by Freddie Frith to record his first Isle of Man TT win at an average race speed of 80.14 mph (128.97 km/h). The Norton race team protested the disqualification and Jimmie Guthrie was posted in 5th place in the final race classification and was awarded 2nd place prize money.[1]

In the Senior TT race Harold Daniell and George Rowley rode supercharged AJS V4s, but despite their high top speed, the bikes lacked acceleration. Both riders retired due to mechanical problems.[2]

The 1936 Lightweight TT Race was held after being delayed for a day because of mist and fog on the Mountain Course. The 1936 Lightweight Race proved to be closely contested by Bob Foster riding for New Imperial and Stanley Woods riding the 3 cylinder supercharged 250 cc DKW who retired on lap 7 after stopping to change a spark-plug. The 1936 Lightweight Race was won by Bob Foster at an average race speed of 74.28 mph (119.54 km/h) from Tyrell Smith riding for Excelsior in 2nd place and A.Geiss in 3rd place riding a DKW motor-cycle.

Senior TT (500 cc)[edit]

19 June 1936 – 7 laps (264.11 miles) Mountain Course.

Rank Rider Team Speed Time
1 United Kingdom Jimmie Guthrie Norton 85.8 mph (138.1 km/h) 3.04.43.0
2 Republic of Ireland Stanley Woods Velocette 85.66 3:05.01.0
3 United Kingdom Freddie Frith Norton 84.49 3:07.23.0
4 United Kingdom John H. White Norton 83.64 3:09.29.0
5 United Kingdom Noel Pope Norton 77.59 3:24.16.0
6 New Zealand C Goldberg Velocette 76.22 3:27.56.0
7 United Kingdom W T Tiffen Jnr Velocette 74.88 3:31.39.0
8 United Kingdom Jock West Vincent-HRD 74.21 3:33.33.0
9 South Africa J C Galway Norton 73.07 3:36.52.0
10 United Kingdom Bill Beevers Norton 71.80 3:40.43.0

Junior TT (350 cc)[edit]

16 June 1936 – 7 laps (264.11 miles) Mountain Course.

Rank Rider Team Speed Time
1 United Kingdom Freddie Frith Norton 80.14 mph (128.97 km/h) 3.17.46.0
2 United Kingdom John H. White Norton 77.92 3:23.16.0
3 United Kingdom Ted Mellors Velocette 77.91 3:23.25.0
4 United Kingdom Ernie Thomas Velocette 76.8 3:26.22.0
5 United Kingdom Jimmie Guthrie Norton 76.11 3:28.13.0
6 Nazi Germany Oskar Steinbach NSU 75.63 3:29.33.0
7 Nazi Germany Heiner Fleischmann NSU 75.53 3:29.50.0
8 United Kingdom D Hall Norton 75.37 3:30.17.0
9 United Kingdom Harold Daniell AJS 74.61 3:32.25.0
10 United Kingdom George Rowley AJS 73.85 3:34.36.0

Lightweight TT (250 cc)[edit]

18 June 1936 – 7 laps (264.11 miles) Mountain Course.

Rank Rider Team Speed Time
1 United Kingdom Bob Foster New Imperial 74.28 mph (119.54 km/h) 3.33.22.0
2 Republic of Ireland H. G. Tyrell Smith Excelsior 72.51 3:38.34.0
3 Nazi Germany Arthur Geiß DKW 72.49 3:38.37.0
4 United Kingdom D S Fairweather Cotton 70.16 3:45.53.0
5 Republic of Ireland Charlie Manders Excelsior 69.57 3:47.48.0
6 United Kingdom E W Corfield Excelsior 68.97 3:49.47.0
7 United Kingdom Harold Hartley Rudge 67.59 3:54.29.0
8 Denmark Svend Aage Sørensen Excelsior 67.13 3:56.04.0
9 United Kingdom H. C. Lamacraft Excelsior 66.77 3:57.21.0
10 South Africa J C Galway Excelsior 66.57 3:58.04.0

Notes[edit]

  • Wal Handley crashes a Riley belonging to Freddie Dixon at Brooklands during the British Empire Trophy and breaks an arm.[3]
  • Prize money for the 1936 Senior TT Race is 1st place £120, 2nd place £80 and 3rd place £70. For the 1936 Junior TT and Lightweight TT Races is 1st place £100, 2nd place £60 and 3rd place £50.[4]
  • During the 1936 Junior TT Race, Noel Christmas retires at the TT Grandstand and H.G.Tyrell Smith at Creg-na-Baa with engine problems on lap 2. On lap 6, E.R.Thomas in 2nd place slips of at the Quarterbridge. He continues, but stops on the Ballahutchin Hill to straighten handle-bars and foot-rest, but is eventually black-flagged.[1]
  • The fastest lap for the 1936 Junior TT Race is set by Freddie Frith in 27 minutes and 38 seconds at an average speed of 81.94 mph (131.87 km/h).
  • During lap 2 of the 1936 Lightweight TT Race, O.Steinbach riding for DKW stopped at Ballaugh with engine problems and L.G. Martin riding a Cotton motor-cycle crashes at Sulby.[1]
  • The fastest lap for the 1936 Lightweight TT Race is set by Stanley Woods in 29 minutes and 43 seconds at an average speed of 76.20 mph (122.63 km/h).

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Isle of Man Weekly Times dated 20 June 1936.
  2. ^ Title: Classic Racer magazine, Issue: 121, Article: Ahead of the Game, Subtitle: Supercharged V4 AJS on test, Pages: 34 – 40, Publisher: Mortons Media Group (Horncastle, Lincolnshire UK), ISSN 14704463
  3. ^ Isle of Man Weekly Times dated 2 May 1936.
  4. ^ Isle of Man Weekly Times dated 13 June 1936.

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