1938 Isle of Man TT

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The 1938 Isle of Man Tourist Trophy saw the Senior TT lap record of 90.27 mph set by Freddie Frith the previous year broken in 1938 when Harold Daniell completed a lap at 91.00 mph on his Norton, a record which would stand for 12 years.[1] He managed to win, beating Stanley Woods by only 14.4 seconds. Stanley Woods won the Junior, with Harold Daniell coming fifth, while Ewald Kluge on a DKW won the Lightweight. Kluge was the second Lightweight TT winning non-British rider in a row, Omobono Tenni having won the previous year.

Between 1931 and 1937 Norton had six Senior-TT wins with the long-stroke CamShaft One (CS1) engine. Norton entered the 1938 Senior TT with a new short-stroke engine, new telescopic front forks, and won for the 7th time, with rider Harold Daniell.[2]

Eric Oliver, who later won 4 sidecar World Championships, was entered this year, but retired his Norton from the Junior TT with a broken chain.[3]

Senior TT (500cc)[edit]

Rank Rider Team Speed Time
1 United Kingdom Harold Daniell Norton 89.11 2.57.50.6
2 Republic of Ireland Stanley Woods Velocette 88.99 2:58.05.8
3 United Kingdom Freddie Frith Norton 88.98 2:58.07.4
4 United Kingdom John H. White Norton 87.14 3:01.52.0
5 United Kingdom Jock West BMW 85.92 3:04.27.0
6 United Kingdom Ted Mellors Velocette 84.67 3:07.10.0
7 United Kingdom Les Archer Velocette 81.39 3:14.43.0
8 South Africa J C Galway Norton 81.23 3:15.36.0
9 United Kingdom J A Weddell Norton 78.31 3:22.22.0
10 United Kingdom J K Boardman Norton 78.28 3:22.28.0

Junior TT (350cc)[edit]

Rank Rider Team Speed Time
1 Republic of Ireland Stanley Woods Velocette 84.08 mph 3.08.30.0
2 United Kingdom Ted Mellors Velocette 82.4 3:12.20.0
3 United Kingdom Freddie Frith Norton 82.35 3:12.27.0
4 United Kingdom John H. White Norton 82.14 3:12.56.0
5 United Kingdom Harold Daniell Norton 80.54 3:16.32.0
6 United Kingdom David Whitworth Velocette 78.49 3:21.54.0
7 United Kingdom N Croft Norton 76.45 3:27.16.0
8 United Kingdom J Williams Norton 76.23 3:27.39.0
9 France Roger Loyer Velocette 76.1 3:28.15.0
10 United Kingdom W H Craine Norton 75.58 3:29.42.0

Lightweight TT (250cc)[edit]

Rank Rider Team Speed Time
1 Nazi Germany Ewald Kluge DKW 78.48 mph 3.21.56.0
2 United Kingdom S Wood Excelsior 74.38 3:33.06.0
3 Republic of Ireland H. G. Tyrell Smith Excelsior 73.62 3:35.16.0
4 United Kingdom Maurice Cann Excelsior 72.07 3:39.54.0
5 Republic of Ireland Charlie Manders Excelsior 71.68 3:41.06.0
6 United Kingdom J W Forbes Excelsior 70.98 3:43.16.0
7 United Kingdom Les G. Martin Excelsior 70.77 3:43.56.0
8 United Kingdom G L Paterson New Imperial 69.62 3:47.39.0
9 South Africa J C Galway Excelsior 68.87 3:50.07.0
10 United Kingdom S M Miller OK-Supreme 68.65 3:50.51.0

Notes[edit]

  • Improvements to the course include road-widening and resurfacing work at Greeba Bridge, Sulby Straight and the 26th Milestone.

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ [1] MCB TTraces (Retrieved 1 November 2006)
  2. ^ [2]Krackowizer Motorcycles M – R (Retrieved 18 November 2006)
  3. ^ [3] MCB FoTTofinders (Retrieved 1 November 2006)

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