1939 Isle of Man TT

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The 1939 Isle of Man Tourist Trophy was the last race festival until 1947 due to the interruption of World War II. It was the last of ten TT victories for the 34 year old Stanley Woods[1] in which he won the Junior TT on a Velocette at 83.19 mph and came 4th in the Senior TT race. The Senior race was won by Georg Meier on a supercharged BMW.

Senior TT (500cc)[edit]

16 June 1939 – 7 laps (264.11 miles) Mountain Course

Rank Rider Team Speed Time
1 Nazi Germany Georg Meier BMW 89.38 mph 2:57:19.0
2 United Kingdom Jock West BMW 88.22 2:59:39.0
3 United Kingdom Freddie Frith Norton 87.96 3:00:11.0
4 Republic of Ireland Stanley Woods Velocette 87.91 3:00:17.0
5 United Kingdom John H. White Norton 85.92 3:04:27.0
6 United Kingdom Les Archer Velocette 84.31 3:07:58.0
7 United Kingdom Ted Mellors Velocette 83.76 3:09:12.0
8 United Kingdom S Wood Norton 82.43 3:12:16.0
9 United Kingdom Maurice Cann Moto Guzzi 81.96 3:13:22.0
10 South Africa Jack Galway Norton 81.37 3:15:00.0

Junior TT (350cc)[edit]

12 June 1939 – 7 laps (264.11 miles) Mountain Course

Rank Rider Team Speed Time
1 Republic of Ireland Stanley Woods Velocette 83.19 mph 3:10:30.0
2 United Kingdom Harold Daniell Norton 83.13 3:10:38.0
3 Nazi Germany Heiner Fleischmann DKW 82.51 3:12:05.0
4 United Kingdom Ted Mellors Velocette 82.34 3:12:28.0
5 United Kingdom David Whitworth Velocette 79.58 3:19:09.0
6 Nazi Germany Siegfried Wünsche DKW 78.87 3:20:57.0
7 United Kingdom Maurice Cann Norton 78.78 3:21:10.0
8 United Kingdom S. (Ginger) Wood Velocette 78.55 3:21:45.0
9 United Kingdom Jimmy E. Little Velocette 78.22 3:22:36.0
10 Australia Frank Mussett Velocette 77.60 3:24:14.0

Lightweight TT (250cc)[edit]

14 June 1939 – 7 laps (264.11 miles) Mountain Course

Rank Rider Team Speed Time
1 United Kingdom Ted Mellors Benelli 74.26 mph 3:33:26.0
2 Nazi Germany Ewald Kluge DKW 72.97 3:37:11.0
3 Republic of Ireland H. G. Tyrell Smith Excelsior 71.91 3:40:23.0
4 United Kingdom Les G. Martin Excelsior 68.87 3:50:08:0
5 Nazi Germany Siegfried Wünsche DKW 68.78 3:50:25.0
6 Republic of Ireland Charlie Manders Excelsior 66.93 3:56:48.0
7 United Kingdom Harold Hartley Excelsior 66.19 3:59:27.0
8 United Kingdom Ernie Thomas DKW 65.81 4:00:48.0
9 United Kingdom S. (Ginger) Wood Rudge 65.04 4:03:41.0
10 United Kingdom Chris Tattersall CTS 63.95 4:07:50.0

Notes[edit]

  • Improvements to the course include road-widening and landscaping at the Water Works Corner.[2]
  • At Sulby during practice, Georg Meier riding for BMW is timed at 111 mph.[3]
  • Karl Gall riding for BMW crashes at Ballaugh Bridge during practice and later dies of his injuries and the effects of pneumonia in hospital.[4]
  • A collision occurs on Bray Hill during lap 2 of the 1939 Junior TT Races when Sven A. Sorenson riding an Excelsior collides with H. B. Waddington and David Whitworth both riding Norton motor-cycles.[4]
  • On lap 1 of the 1939 Junior TT Race, Bob Foster riding an AJS stops at the Quarterbridge to fix broken goggles. Also, Bill Beevers and H.B.Myers both riding Velocette motor-cycles crash at the Quarterbridge on the same lap.[4]
  • During lap 3 of the Junior Race, Tyrell Smith slips of his Excelsior motor-cycle at Parliament Square in Ramsey and then continues after straightening the foot-rest. At the East Mountain Gate during lap 5, Marcel Simo collides with a post and crashes his Terrot motor-cycle. He suffers head and chest injuries and is taken to hospital. Also during lap 5, Freddie Frith retires at Ballaugh after holding 2nd place in the 1939 Junior TT Race.[4]
  • The 1939 Lightweight Race is held in mixed weather conditions. On lap 2 of the Lightweight Race, Jock McCredie riding an Excelsior retires at Ballaugh with engine problems. Lap 3 and Omobono Tenni riding a Moto Guzzi stops at Ballaugh to change a spark-plug and retires and his team-mate Stanley Woods retires on lap 5 with engine problems at Crosby.[4]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ [1] MCB A Brief History of the TT Races (Retrieved 28 October 2006)
  2. ^ Isle of Man Weekly Times dated 13 May 1939.
  3. ^ TT Special 1939 edited by G.S.Davison
  4. ^ a b c d e Isle of Man Weekly Times dated 17 June 1939.

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