John Hartle

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John Hartle
John Hartle portrait.JPG
John Hartle with his hometown's coat of arms helmet emblem
Nationality British
Born (1933-12-22)22 December 1933
Chapel-en-le-Frith, England
Died 31 August 1968(1968-08-31) (aged 34)
Scarborough, England
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Active years 19551968
First race 1955 350cc Isle of Man TT
Last race 1968 500cc Ulster Grand Prix
First win 1956 500cc Ulster Grand Prix
Last win 1963 500cc Dutch TT
Team(s) Norton, MV Agusta
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
45 5 34 N/A 2 204

John Hartle (22 December 1933 - 31 August 1968) was an English professional road racer who competed in national, international and Grand Prix motorcycle events.

Born in Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire, Hartle began racing in 1952 when working for Eric Bowers Motorcycles, riding a BSA Gold Star at Brough Aerodrome, in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. Gaining more experience at other nearby short circuits including Cadwell Park and Oulton Park in 1953,[1] he also finished in three out of four races entered in the 1953 and 1954 Isle of Man Manx Grand Prix.[2]

He rode for the works Norton team during the 1955 season and again in 1956 in what would be factory team's last year in Grand Prix racing, returning to ride for Eric Bowers in 1957.[1]

MV Agusta signed him in 1958 at the urging of John Surtees. He ended the season as runner-up to Surtees in the 500 and 350 classes.[3] In 1960 he won his first Isle of Man TT race, the Junior TT event.[4] After being released by MV Agusta, he then rode for Geoff Duke's privateer Gilera team, alongside Derek Minter.

In his early career Hartle was sponsored for non-championship races by Eric W Bowers Coaches[5] and later Comerfords, a large London retailer of roadgoing and sporting motorcycles, until his retirement in 1964.[6]

He returned to racing during 1967, winning the Isle of Man inaugural Production Race 750 category for road-based machines on a Triumph Thruxton Bonneville, and scoring World Championship points in both 350 cc and 500 cc races.[7]

Hartle was killed in 1968 after crashing at the Oliver's Mount circuit in Scarborough.[8]

Hartle was proud of his connection with his hometown of Chapel-en-le-Frith, always carrying the coat of arms as his 'pudding basin' helmet emblem with the Latin motto Cava et Spera, which translates to 'Caution and Hope'.[5][9] He was recognised in his hometown in 2010 by a blue wall-plaque[10] attached to the building which now stands where he used to live.[5]

John Hartle Trophy[edit]

The John Hartle Trophy is an annual award at the Isle of Man TT Races. The trophy is presented to the winner of the Superstock TT.

Motorcycle Grand Prix results[3][4][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)

Year Class Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Points Rank Wins
1955 350cc Norton FRA
-
IOM
6
GER
-
BEL
-
NED
-
ULS
2
NAT
-
7 9th 0
500cc Norton ESP
-
FRA
-
IOM
13
GER
-
BEL
-
NED
-
ULS
2
NAT
-
6 7th 0
1956 350cc Norton IOM
3
NED
-
BEL
-
GER
-
ULS
3
NAT
-
8 8th 0
500cc Norton IOM
2
NED
-
BEL
-
GER
-
ULS
1
NAT
-
14 3rd 1
1957 250cc MV Agusta GER
-
IOM
-
NED
-
BEL
1
ULS
-
NAT
-
8 5th 1
350cc Norton GER
2
IOM
NC
NED
6
BEL
-
ULS
4
NAT
6
11 5th 0
1958 350cc MV Agusta IOM
NC
NED
2
BEL
2
GER
2
SWE
-
ULS
2
NAT
2
24 2nd 0
500cc MV Agusta IOM
NC
NED
2
BEL
3
GER
2
SWE
-
ULS
3
NAT
-
20 2nd 0
1959 350cc MV Agusta FRA
3
IOM
2
GER
-
BEL
-
SWE
2
ULS
-
NAT
-
16 2nd 0
500cc MV Agusta FRA
-
IOM
NC
GER
-
NED
-
BEL
-
ULS
-
NAT
-
0 0
1960 350cc MV Agusta FRA
-
IOM
1
NED
-
ULS
2
NAT
3
18 3rd 1
500cc Norton FRA
-
IOM
2
NED
-
BEL
8
GER
-
ULS
1
NAT
5
16 3rd 1
1961 250cc Honda ESP
-
GER
-
FRA
-
IOM
-
NED
-
BEL
NC
DDR
-
ULS
NC
NAT
NC
SWE
-
ARG
-
0 0
1963 350cc Gilera GER
-
IOM
2
NED
-
BEL
-
ULS
-
DDR
-
FIN
-
NAT
-
JPN
-
6 6th 0
500cc Gilera IOM
2
NED
1
BEL
-
ULS
2
DDR
-
FIN
-
NAT
-
ARG
-
20 3rd 1
1964 500cc Norton USA
3
IOM
-
NED
-
BEL
-
GER
-
DDR
-
ULS
-
FIN
-
NAT
-
4 14th 0
1967 350cc Aermacchi GER
-
IOM
7
NED
-
DDR
-
CZE
-
ULS
-
NAT
-
JPN
-
0 0
500cc Matchless GER
-
IOM
6
NED
-
BEL
-
DDR
2
CZE
5
ULS
2
NAT
6
CAN
-
22 3rd 0
Norton FIN
2
1968 500cc Metisse GER
-
ESP
-
IOM
NC
NED
-
BEL
-
DDR
-
CZE
-
FIN
-
ULS
3
NAT
-
4 16th 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ton-up TT racer wins recognition Buxton Advertiser, March 2010. Retrieved 20 October 2014
  2. ^ Manx Grand Prix Race Results: John Hartle Retrieved 20 October 2014
  3. ^ a b "John Hartle career statistics". motogp.com. Retrieved 24 August 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "John Hartle Isle of Man TT results". iomtt.com. Retrieved 24 August 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c Derbyshire Blue Plaques, John Hartle Retrieved 20 October 2014
  6. ^ Motor Cycle, 22 April 1965, p.528 "Racing Line" by David Dixon. "Comerfords are back in racing. They sponsored John Hartle until his retirement last year and now they have bought back one of John's five-hundred Nortons on which to sponsor Rhodesian Gordon Keith". Accessed and added 20 October 2014
  7. ^ IoM TT Database Race Results: John Hartle Retrieved 20 October 2014
  8. ^ "John Hartle at Motorsport Memorial". motorsportmemorial.org. Retrieved 24 August 2011. 
  9. ^ Speed king Hartle wore Chapel badge with pride Derby Telegraph, June 2010 Retrieved 20 October 2014
  10. ^ Origins and Development of the Blue Plaque Retrieved 20 October 2014

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