1958 Isle of Man TT

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The Isle of Man Tourist Trophy races have a long (hundred-year plus) history thanks in part to the demanding 37 mile high-speed track plus Mountain Course (with a seemingly never-ending series of bends, bumps, jumps, stone walls, manhole covers and telegraph poles) which - needless to say - requires high levels of skill and concentration. Held annually in the last week of May for practice and the first week of June for racing week with many supporting attractions, gatherings and other events taking place.

For many years regarded as the most prestigious and oldest motorcycle race in the world,[1] it has been reported as the most dangerous motorcycle road-race in the world.[2][3][4][5][6][7] (From 1949–1976 the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy was part of the FIM Motorcycle Grand Prix World Championship prior to transfer to UK mainland over safety concerns.)

1958 in Summary[edit]

1958 was marked by MV's total domination of all four solo classes, a classic Junior and Senior double by John Surtees and the first appearance in the TT of Mike Hailwood; the Lightweight race was an all-Italian contest between Tarquinio Provini and Carlo Ubbiali, riding MV four-strokes that included a neck-and-neck round the demanding Clypse Course, with Ubbiali leading in the early stages. At the end of the fourth lap they were side by side as they crossed the line, but Provini slowly pulled away to win by 8.2 seconds, establishing new race and lap records.

Mike Hailwood finished third, followed by NSU teammate Bob Brown .

In the Ultra-Lightweight race. Luigi Taveri, riding one of the Italian Ducati's, harried the MV team and led at the end of the second lap before Provini snatched the initiative but crashed at the Nursery on lap four. When Taveri retired with engine trouble at Creg-ny-Baa, Ubbiali took the flag.

Mike Hailwood on a Paton was seventh, completing a memorable debut and finished 12th in the Junior, 13th in the Senior, and third in the Lightweight.

BMW dominated the Sidecar class with Walter Schneider winning comfortably, followed by teammate Florian Camathias with British driver Jack Beeton in third, but former World Champion Eric Oliver coaxed a standard Norton Dominator, fitted with the standard Watsonian Monaco sports sidecar into tenth place. With Mrs Pat Wise in the car they averaged 59.95 mph and gained a bronze replica.

1958 Isle of Man Junior TT 350cc final standings[edit]

7 Laps (264.11 Miles) Mountain Course.

Place Rider Number Country Machine Speed Time Points
1 United Kingdom John Surtees Britain MV Agusta 93.97 mph 2:48.38.4 8
2 United Kingdom Dave Chadwick Britain Norton 91.68 mph 2:52.50.6 6
3 United Kingdom Geoff Tanner Britain Norton 91.54 mph 2:53.06.4 4
4 United Kingdom Terry Shepherd Britain Norton 91.54 mph 2:53.06.6 3
5 United Kingdom George Catlin Britain Norton 90.86 mph 2:54.24.8 2
6 Scotland Alistair King Britain Norton 90.83 mph 2:54.24.4 1

1958 Isle of Man Lightweight TT 250cc final standings[edit]

10 Laps (107.90 miles) Clypse Course.

Place Rider Number Country Machine Speed Time Points
1 Italy Tarquinio Provini Italy MV Agusta 76.89 mph 1:24.12.0 8
2 Italy Carlo Ubbiali Italy MV Agusta 76.77 mph 1:24.20.2 6
3 United Kingdom Mike Hailwood Britain NSU 74.30 mph 1:27.07.08 4
4 Australia Bob Brown Australia NSU 73.72 mph 1:27.48.8 3
5 West Germany Dieter Falk West Germany Adler 73.70 mph 1:27.50.04 2
6 Northern Ireland Sammy Miller Britain CZ 72.63 mph 1:29.08.8 1

1958 Isle of Man Lightweight TT 125cc final standings[edit]

10 Laps (107.90 miles) Clypse Course.

Place Rider Number Country Machine Speed Time Points
1 Italy Carlo Ubbiali Italy MV Agusta 72.86 mph 1:28.51.2 8
2 Italy Romolo Ferri Italy Ducati 72.68 mph 1:29.04.0 6
3 United Kingdom Dave Chadwick Britain Ducati 71.56 mph 1:30.27.8 4
4 Northern Ireland Sammy Miller Britain Ducati 70.43 mph 1:35.55.2 3
5 East Germany Ernst Degner East Germany MZ 69.28 mph 1:33.27.0 2
6 East Germany Heinz Rosner East Germany MZ 69.07 mph 1:33.43.8 1

1958 Sidecar TT final standings[edit]

10 Laps (107.90 miles) Clypse Course.

Place Rider Number Country Machine Speed Time Points
1 West Germany Walter Schneider/H.Strauss 1 West Germany BMW 73.01 mph 1:28.40.0 8
2 Switzerland Florian Camathias/H.Ceeco 23 Switzerland BMW 72.11 mph 1:29.47.2 6
3 United Kingdom Jackie Beaton/E.Bulgin 24 Britain Norton 67.63 mph 1:35.34.8 4
4 West Germany Alwyn Ritter/E.Blauth 5 West Germany BMW 67.23 mph 1:36.17.8 3
5 United Kingdom E.Walker/D.G.Roberts 11 Britain Norton 64.56 mph 1:30.15.2 2
6 United Kingdom P.Woollett/G.H.Loft 9 Britain Norton 63.06 mph 1:34.24.2 1

1958 Isle of Man Senior TT 500cc final standings[edit]

Friday 18 June 1958 – 7 Laps (274.11 miles) Mountain Course.

Place Rider Number Country Machine Speed Time Points
1 United Kingdom John Surtees Britain MV Agusta 98.63 mph 2:38.49.8 8
2 United Kingdom Bob Anderson Britain Norton 95.40 mph 2:46.06.0 6
3 Australia Bob Brown Australia Norton 95.24 mph 2:46.22.2 4
4 United Kingdom Derek Minter Britain Norton 94.86 mph 2:47.03.2 3
5 United Kingdom Dave Chadwick Britain Norton 94.74 mph 2:47.15.4 2
6 United Kingdom John Anderson Britain Norton 94.34 mph 2:47.58.8 1

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