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The 1911 Isle of Man Tourist Trophy races took place for the first time over the Snaefell Mountain Course. The whole organisation of the races was given over to the Auto-Cycle Union (ACU), which announced the use of the longer mountain course with a four lap (150 mile) Junior race on Friday 30 June, and five laps (189 mile) for the Senior race on Monday 3 July. In only five years the TT races had matured and commercialism had set-in. Grandstands were built by the Douglas Corporation in what had been popular and free vantage points in Douglas, to the displeasure of the public.

Preparations for this new, challenging course that meant an eight-mile (13 km) uphill climb from Ramsey to Brandywell prompted the manufacturers to devise methods of modifying their mainly single-gear machines to cope with the Snaefell mountain road not once, but several times. Harold Collier, on the single-cylinder Matchless, and Percy J. Evans fought for first place in the Junior event. In the Senior event, British pride and prestige was dented when the Indians took the first three places. Charlie Collier crossed the finish line second on his Matchless, but was disqualified for refuelling outside of the designated area.[1]

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Junior TT final standingsEdit

Friday 30 June 1911 – 4 laps (150 miles) Four Inch Course/Snaefell Mountain Course[2]

Rank No Rider Team Speed Time
1 17   Percy J Evans 2¾ hp Humber 41.45 mph 3:37.07.0
2 15   Harry Collier 2 hp Matchless 39.74 mph 3:46.20.0
3 26   Harold J Cox 2¾ hp Forward 38.22 mph 3:55.26.0
4 24   Douglas M Brown 2¾ hp Humber 38.07 mph 3:56.24.0
5 36   H Greaves 2¾ hp Royal Enfield 38.04 mph 3:56.34.0
6 5   K Gassert 2¾ hp NSU 37.91 mph 3:57.23.0
7 18   W W Douglas 2¾ hp Douglas 37.47 mph 4:00.11.0
8 23   A G Fenn 2¾ hp Humber 37.29 mph 4:01.19.0
9 10   F Percy Johnson 2¾ hp Humber 36.86 mph 4:04.10.0
10 2   Jack Haslam 2¾ hp Zenith 35.85 mph 4:04.11.0
11   P Weatherilt 2¾ hp Zenith 36.64 mph 4:05.37.0
12 31   G L Fletcher 2¾ hp Douglas 35.92 mph 4:10.33.0
13 12   Sam Wright 2¾ hp Humber 34.68 mph 4:19.27.0
14 28   J D Corke 2¾ hp AJS 34.19 mph 4:23.14.0
15 33   A J Stevens 2¾ hp AJS 33.75 mph 4:26.37.0
16 33   N D Slatter 2¾ hp Alcyon 33.41 mph 4:29.18.0
17   W E Grange 2¾ hp Humber 31.63 mph 4:44.30.0
18 29   A Boldt 2¾ hp Indian 30.68 mph 4:53.21.0
19 9   Rem Fowler 2¾ hp New Hudson 30.67 mph 4:53.22.0
20 16   A H Alexander 2¾ hp Rex 29.95 mph 5:00.27.0

Fastest Lap: Percy J Evans 2¾ hp Humber – 42.13 mph (53 minutes 24 seconds)

Senior TT final standingsEdit

Monday 3 July 1911 – 5 laps (187 miles 4 furlongs) Four Inch Course/Snaefell Mountain Course[3]

Rank No Rider Team Speed Time
1 26   Oliver Godfrey 3¾ hp Indian 47.63 mph 3:56.10.0
2 17   C B Franklin 3¾ hp Indian 46.90 mph 3:59.52.0
3 31   A J Moorhouse 3¾ hp Indian 45.81 mph 4:05.34.0
4 7   Harry A Collier 4 hp Matchless 47.63 mph 4:09.42.0
5 54   Hugh Mason 3 hp Matchless 45.05 mph 4:15.35.0
6 21   J A Carvill 3½ hp Triumph 43.80 mph 4:16.49.0
7 46   W Harry Bashall 4 hp BAT 43.61 mph 4:17.57.0
8 3   Quentin Smith 3½ hp Triumph 43.49 mph 4:18.40.0
9 63   H Lister-Cooper 3½ hp Triumph 47.63 mph 4:22.21.0
10 49   J T Bashall 4 hp BAT 42.88 mph 4:24.56.0
11 14   Harry Reed 4 hp DOT 41.24 mph 4:32.45.0
12 15   W.Newsome 3½ hp Triumph 40.89 mph 4:35.06.0
13 45   F C North 3½ hp Ariel 39.64 mph 4:43.45.0
14 66   F Percy Johnson 4 hp Matchless 39.52 mph 4:44.37.0
15 4   B V Jones 3½ hp Premier 39.31 mph 4:46.09.0
16 33   P Weatherilt 3½ hp Zenith 39.21 mph 4:46.37.0
17 58   J R Haswell 3½ hp Triumph 38.55 mph 4:51.46.0
18 55   J R Alexander 3¾ hp Indian 37.74 mph 4:58.01.0
19 61   F Mackay 3½ hp Singer 36.88 mph 5:05.00.0
20 62   Norman F Holder 4 hp Blumfield 47.63 mph 5:05.26.0
21 52   W Stanhope Spencer 3½ hp Rudge 36.83 mph 5:12.47.0
22 28   J.Gibson 3½ hp Rudge 47.63 mph 5:16.37.0
23 32   A Boldt 3½ hp NSU 35.53 mph 5:21.58.0
24 11   Howard Smith 3½ hp Triumph 37.19 mph 5:24.30.0
25 51   A Berlie 4 hp Moto-Reve 33.39 mph 5:36.51.0
26 12   F A Applebee 4 hp Scott 32.80 mph 5:42.58.0

Fastest Lap: Frank Phillip 4 hp Scott – 50.14 mph (44 minutes 52 seconds)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Ward, James J. (November 2007). "The Flying "M" on the IOM: The Matchless Name and the Tourist Trophy Races". International Journal of Motorcycle Studies. International Journal of Motorcycle Studies. Retrieved 2 April 2014.
  2. ^ Isle of Man Weekly Times page 2 Isle of Man Times and General Advertiser 1 July 1911
  3. ^ Isle of Man Weekly Times page 2 Isle of Man Times and General Advertiser 8 July 1911

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