Eric Oliver

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Eric Oliver
Eric Oliver.JPG
Oliver at the Vintage Motor Cycle Club's Founder's Day rally, race meeting and parade gathering, 27 April 1969
Nationality British
Born (1911-04-13)13 April 1911
Died 1 March 1980(1980-03-01) (aged 68)
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Active years 1949 - 1960
First race 1949 Isle of Man TT
Last race 1960 Isle of Man TT[1]
First win 1949 Swiss Grand Prix
Last win 1954 Belgian Grand Prix
Team(s) Norton, Velocette
Championships 4 (1949, 1950, 1951, 1953)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
17 19 160 (162)
Isle of Man TT career
TTs contested 14 (1937 - 1960)
TT wins 1
First TT win 1954 Sidecar TT
Last TT win 1954 Sidecar TT
Podiums 1

Eric Staines Oliver (13 April 1911 – 1 March 1980) was an English motorcycle racer best remembered as four time FIM Sidecar World Champion, riding a Norton. His passenger in 1949 was Denis Jenkinson. He is also remembered for his innovation, being the first sidecar competitor to use a dustbin fairing, rear suspension and the first to adopt the kneeling riding position.[2]

He was also an accomplished solo racer and continued to ride a 350 Grand Prix bike while racing a sidecar.

Oliver made a surprising appearance in the 1958 Isle of Man Sidecar TT race on a standard Norton Dominator 88 with a Watsonian "Monaco" road sidecar with Mrs Pat Wise in the sidecar, finishing tenth ahead of many specialised race machines. Oliver's last TT appearance was in the 1960 with passenger Stan Dibben but they had a bad crash in practice with Oliver breaking his back in two places and Dibben was nearly decapitated. Both men decided to retire from racing after this.[1]

Oliver later switched to car racing with a Lotus Elan[3] and on 1 January 1955 opened a motorcycle dealership in Staines,[4] later selling Reliant cars.[5]

World Championship results[edit]

Position 1 2 3 4 5 6
Points 8 6 4 3 2 1

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap. An empty black cell indicates that the class did not compete at that particular championship round.)

Year Class Motorcycle 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Rank Points
1949 IOM SUI NED BEL ULS NAT
500 cc Norton Ret 0
350 cc Velocette 21 7 0
Sidecar (with Denis Jenkinson) Norton 1 1 5 1st 28
1950 IOM BEL NED SUI ULS NAT
350 cc Velocette 14 0
Sidecar (with Lorenzo Dobelli) Norton 1 1 1 1st 24
1951 ESP SUI IOM BEL NED FRA ULS NAT
Sidecar (with Lorenzo Dobelli) Norton 1 5 1 1 2 1st 30 (32)
1952 SUI IOM NED BEL GER ULS NAT ESP
Sidecar (with Stanley Price) Norton 1 5th 16
Sidecar (with Lorenzo Dobelli) Norton 1
1953 IOM NED BEL GER FRA ULS SUI NAT ESP
Sidecar (with Stanley Dibben) Norton 1 1 1 1 1st 32
1954 FRA IOM ULS BEL NED GER SUI NAT ESP
Sidecar (with Les Nutt) Norton 1 1 1 5 2nd 26
1955 ESP FRA IOM GER BEL NED ULS NAT
Sidecar (with Eric Bliss) Norton 3 Ret 13 10th 4
1958 IOM NED BEL GER SWE ULS NAT
Sidecar (with Pat Wise) Norton 10 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Competitor Profile: Eric Oliver". www.iomtt.com. Archived from the original on 21 January 2017. Retrieved 10 September 2017. 
  2. ^ "Eric Oliver". www.motopaedia.com. Archived from the original on 28 July 2011. Retrieved 10 September 2017. 
  3. ^ Jenkinson, Denis (May 1965). "Journey to Sicily". Motor Sport. 
  4. ^ "News - Eric Oliver-Dealer". Motor Cycling. London: Temple Press Ltd. 91 (2345): 318. 6 January 1955. 
  5. ^ "Eric Oliver Reliant Sales and Service, 93-101 London Road, Staines". Motor Cyclist Illustrated: 54. May 1968. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
None
World Sidecar Champion
with Denis Jenkinson (1949)
with Lorenzo Dobelli (1950-1951)

1949-1951
Succeeded by
Cyril Smith
with Bob Clements and Les Nutt
Preceded by
Cyril Smith
with Bob Clements and Les Nutt
World Sidecar Champion
with Stanley Dibben

1953
Succeeded by
Wilhelm Noll
with Fritz Cron