1947 Isle of Man TT

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After an eight-year absence the 1947 Isle of Man Tourist Trophy was the first race festival since 1939 due to the interruption of World War II. With the restart of racing the ACU decided to add three Clubman class races for production machines and introduced these races for Lightweight, Junior and Senior class machines making the festival a six race event.[1]

Harold L. Daniell won the Senior TT at 82.81 mph (133.27 km/h) on a Norton and the Norton team were to dominate the Senior race until 1954.[2] Speeds were somewhat lower than the pre-war races due to the low quality "pool" petrol available, and it would be another three years before Harold L. Daniell's 1938 lap record was broken. Superchargers were banned for motorcycle racing from 1946, so that may have reduced speed too.[3]

This was an early race appearance for the E90 AJS Porcupine, ridden to ninth in the Senior by Leslie Graham.

Junior TT (350cc)[edit]

Rank Rider Team Speed Time
1 United Kingdom Bob Foster Velocette 80.311 mph 3:17.20.0
2 United Kingdom David Whitworth Velocette 78.677 mph 3:21.26.0
3 United Kingdom Jock A Weddell Velocette 76.15 mph 3:28.07.0
4 United Kingdom Peter Goodman Velocette 75.822 mph 3:29.00.0
5 United Kingdom Les G. Martin Norton 73.964 mph 3:30.30.0
6 United Kingdom F J Hudson Norton 76.96 mph 3:34.16.0
7 United Kingdom Guy Newman Velocette 73.94 mph 3:34.19.0
8 United Kingdom Tommy Wood Velocette 73.28 mph 3:36.16.0
9 United Kingdom Eric Oliver Norton 73.00 mph 3:37.05.0
10 United Kingdom Geoff G Murdoch Norton 72.99 mph 3:37.07.0

Lightweight TT (250cc)[edit]

Rank Rider Team Speed Time
1 Republic of Ireland Manliff Barrington Moto Guzzi 73.22 mph 3:36:26.6
2 United Kingdom Maurice Cann Moto Guzzi 72.972 mph 3:37.10.8
3 United Kingdom Ben Drinkwater Excelsior 70.139 mph 3:45.57.0
4 United Kingdom Les Archer New Imperial 69.805 mph 3:47.02.0
5 United Kingdom W H Stan Pike Rudge 68.559 mph 3:51.09.6
6 United Kingdom G L Paterson New Imperial 68.488 mph 3:51.24.0
7 Denmark Svend Aage Sørensen Excelsior 67.775 mph 3:53.50.0
8 Republic of Ireland C. W. Johnston CTS 67.72 mph 3:54.01.6
9 United Kingdom Les G Martin Excelsior 67.621 mph 3:54.22.0
10 United Kingdom Jack Brett Excelsior 67.249 mph 3:55.39.6

Clubmans Senior TT[edit]

Rank Rider Team Speed Time
1 United Kingdom Eric Briggs Norton 78.67 mph 1:55.08.0
2 United Kingdom Allan Jefferies Triumph 75.23 mph 2:00.23.0
3 United Kingdom Geoff F Parsons Ariel 71.26 mph 2:07.06.0

Clubmans Junior TT[edit]

Rank Rider Team Speed Time
1 United Kingdom Denis Parkinson Norton 70.74 mph 2:08.01.0
2 United Kingdom Bob Pratt Norton 68.87 mph 2:11.30.0
3 United Kingdom Wilf Sleightholme AJS 68.28 mph 2:12.39.0

Clubmans Lightweight TT[edit]

Rank Rider Team Speed Time
1 United Kingdom Basil Keys AJS 64.27 mph 1.45.42.0
2 United Kingdom Les Archer Velocette 63.73 1:46.36.0
3 Isle of Man Don G Crossley Velocette 62.91 1:47.58.0

Senior TT (500cc)[edit]

Rank Rider Team Speed Time
1 United Kingdom Harold L Daniell Norton 82.813 mph 3:11.22.2
2 United Kingdom Artie Bell Norton 82.656 mph 3:11.44.2
3 United Kingdom Peter Goodman Velocette 82.463 mph 3:12.11.0
4 United Kingdom Ted Frend Norton 81.57 mph 3:14.17.4
5 United Kingdom Guy Newman Norton 79.638 mph 3:19.00.0
6 United Kingdom E Roy Evans Norton 78.051 mph 3:23.02.8
7 United Kingdom Noel Christmas Norton 78.048 mph 3:23.03.2
8 United Kingdom Bill Beevers Norton 77.56 mph 3:24.20.0
9 United Kingdom Leslie Graham AJS 77.472 mph 3:24.34.0
10 United Kingdom Les A Dear Norton 75.931 mph 3:28.43.0

Notes[edit]

  • Major road widening occurs on the Snaefell mountain course at the 33rd Milestone, including the removal of fence posts at road level.[4]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ [1] IOMTT.com 1947 race results (retrieved 29 October 2006)
  2. ^ [2] Birmingham's history (retrieved 29 October 2006)
  3. ^ [3] Gilera-Saturno Gilera History (Retrieved 29 October 2006)
  4. ^ Isle of Man Weekly Times dated 12 May 1947

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