1922 Isle of Man TT

The 1922 Isle of Man Tourist Trophy introduced a new race, within a race, for 250 cc motorcycles called the Lightweight TT, to be run concurrently with the already-established Junior 350 cc that took place on Tuesday 30 May, and Senior 500 cc race on Thursday 1 June.

1922 Isle of Man Tourist Trophy
Date May 30 and June 1, 1922
Location Douglas, Isle of Man
Course Snaefell Mountain Course
37.75 miles (60.75 km)
Organiser Auto-Cycle Union
Clerk T.W. Loughborough
Lightweight TT
First Geoff S. Davison, Levis
Second Dan Young, Rex-Acme
Third Stanley Jones, Velocette
Fastest lap
Wal Handley
44min. 24sec. 51.00 mph New record
Junior TT
First Tom Sheard, AJS
Second George Grinton, AJS
Third Jack Thomas, Sheffield-Henderson
Fastest lap
Bert le Vack
40min. 7sec. 56.46 mph New record
Senior TT
First Alec Bennett, Sunbeam 349cc
Second Walter Brandish, Triumph
Third Harry Langman, Scott
Fastest lap
Alec Bennett
37min. 46sec. 59.99 mph New record

The new third race was achieved by splitting the 250 cc machines away from, but run simultaneously with, the 350 cc machines that had previously been racing together in the up-to-350 cc engine-capacity limit. Thirty three lightweights started first before the 350 cc machines,[1] and the fastest lap was achieved by Wal Handley on an OK-Supreme at 51 mph (82 km/h). The win by Geoff S Davison on a Levis was the last TT win for a British two-stroke motorcycle.[2]

By winning the 350 cc race, Tom Sheard became the first Manxman to win a Tourist Trophy race, with an average speed of 54.75 mph (88.11 km/h), covering 188.75 miles (303.76 km).[3] Seventeen-year-old Stanley Woods attained fifth position on a Cotton with a time of 3hrs 50min 33secs, despite having to contend with a broken exhaust pipe and a pit-fire that set both man and machine ablaze.[4]

Walter Brandish, placed second in the 500 cc race would become, in 1923, the first rider to have a bend on the course named after him (Brandish Corner). He just failed – by 22 seconds – to break the four-hour time that the winner Alec Bennett achieved for the first time in a six-lap race that he led from start to finish, with a new lap record of 59.99 mph (96.54 km/h).[5] This was the last TT win by a side-valve machine.[6]

Lightweight and Junior TT RaceEdit

It was held on Tuesday, May 30th, 1922 at 10:00 am over a distance of 188.75  miles, 5 laps of 37.75 miles each. Lightweight machines were limited of cylinder capacity not exceeding 250cc., they ran concurrently with Junior TT machines of 350cc. Riders started off at intervals of half-a-minute. All 32 entries started the race in Lightweight class and 14 finished. Out of 37 entries in Junior, 35 started and 16 finished.[7]

  The 11th International Isle of Man Tourist Trophy[8]
Pos # Rider Bike Cyl. Lightweight TT race classification
Laps Time Speed Prizes & Remarks
1 11   Geoff S. Davison 247cc Levis 1 5 3:46.56.8 49.89 mph 1st Prize - Winner of Lightweight Tourist Trophy, £30 and special gold medal.
2 31   Dan Young 249cc Rex-Acme 1 5 4:00.17.6 47.12 mph 2nd Prize - £20 and replica 1st Private entry.
3 9   Stanley J. Jones 249cc Velocette 1 5 4:01.31.6 46.90 mph 3rd Prize - £10 and replica.
4 32   L. Padley 249cc Sheffield-Henderson 1 5 4:04.41.0 46.29 mph Replica.
5 1   Doug Prentice 249cc New Imperial 1 5 4:11.09.0 45.10 mph Replica.
6 30   Lieut. Charlie North 249cc OK Junior 1 5 4:16.15.2 44.28 mph Replica.
7 4   Neville Hall 249cc OK Junior 1 5 4:19.07.4 43.68 mph
8 4   C.H. Hopwood 247cc Levis 1 5 4:30.03.2 41.83 mph
9 25   L. Nicholson 248cc Coulson 1 5 4:31.17.6 41.83 mph
10 16   R.W. Loughton 249cc Francis-Barnett 1 5 4:39.28.0 40.56 mph
Fastest lap: Wal Handley, 44min. 24sec. 51.00 mph (New record)[9]
Pos # Rider Bike Cyl. Junior TT race classification
Laps Time Speed Prizes & Remarks
1 44   Tom Sheard 348cc AJS 1 5 3:26.48.2 54.75 mph 1st Prize - Winner of Junior Trophy, £30 and a special gold medal.
2 53   George Grinton 348cc AJS 1 5 3:37.17.8 52.10 mph 2nd Prize - £20 and replica.
3 50   Jack Thomas 348cc Sheffield-Henderson 1 5 3:47.28.6 49.79 mph 3rd Prize - £10 and replica.
4 65   Reg. Lucas 348cc Coulson 1 5 3:50.10.0 49.19 mph Replica. 1st Private entry.
5 40   Stanley Woods 348cc Cotton 1 5 3:50.32.2 49.13 mph Replica. 2nd Private entry.
6 69   Jack Haslam 346cc Douglas 2 5 4:05.22.0 46.16 mph 3rd Private entry.
7 63   Percy A. Newman 349cc Ivy 1 5 4:05.46.2 46.16 mph
8 56   George Shepherd 348cc Edmund 1 5 4:07.26.0 45.79 mph
9 37   John Bance 348cc OEC Blackburne 1 5 4:08.12.6 45.63 mph
10 54   T.A. Jones 349cc Ivy 1 5 4:10.38.0 45.19 mph
11 66   Harry Brockbank 348cc Cotton 1 5 4:12.27.8 44.85 mph
12 67   Roland Flint 349cc Ivy 1 5 4:13.38.8 44.64 mph
13 39   A.W. Muirhead 346cc DOT 1 5 4:17.15.2 44.01 mph
14 68   Herbert Chambers 348cc AJS 1 5 4:42.05.6 40.14 mph
15 41   Freddy Morgan 348cc Cotton 1 5 4:58.10.0 37.98 mph
16 59   Sammy A. Dale 348cc New Scale 1 5 5:16.53.0 35.72 mph
Fastest lap: Bert le Vack, 40min. 7sec. 56.46 mph (New record)[10]

Senior TT RaceEdit

It was held on Thursday, June 1st, 1922 at 10:00 am over a distance of 226.50  miles, 6 laps of 37.75 miles each. Senior TT machines were limited of cylinder capacity not exceeding 500cc. All 67 entries started the race, comprising 56 four-stroke Singles, 5 two-stroke Twins, 5 four-stroke Flat Twins and 1 four-stroke V Twin. Twenty-two riders finished the race.[11]

  The 11th International Isle of Man Tourist Trophy[12]
Pos # Rider Bike Cyl. Senior TT race classification
Laps Time Speed Prizes & Remarks
1 44   Alec Bennett 492cc Sunbeam 1 6 3.53.00.2 58.33 mph 1st Prize - Winner of Senior Tourist Trophy, £50 and special gold medal.
2 4   Walter Brandish 499cc Triumph 1 6 4.00.22.6 56.52 mph 2nd Prize - £35 and replica.
3 66   Harry Langman 486cc Scott 2 6 4:02.14.8 56.09 mph 3rd Prize - £15 and replica.
4 5   Clarrie Wood 486cc Scott 2 6 4:06.10.0 55.20 mph Replica.
5 15   Graham Walker 490cc Norton 1 6 4:09.08.0 54.55 mph Replica. Entered as replacement rider of Victor Horsman entry.
6 2   Tommy de la Hay 492cc Sunbeam 1 6 4:14.05.0 53.48 mph Replica.
7 6   Alfie Alexander 496cc Douglas 2 6 4:15.56.0 53.30 mph Replica.
8 41   Vivan Olsson 492cc Sunbeam 1 6 4:16.27.0 52.99 mph Replica.
9 41   Geoff Clapham 486cc Scott Squirrel 2 6 4:18.03.4 52.67 mph Replica.
10 59   Jimmy Adamson 490cc Norton 1 6 4:19.13.6 52.41 mph Replica.
11 42   Douglas Davidson 498.8cc Indian 1 6 4:28.37.0 50.60 mph
12 52   Ossie Wade 348cc AJS 1 6 4:32.51.0 49.80 mph
13 47   Frank Halford 499cc Triumph 1 6 4:33.28.0 49.70 mph
14 8   Oliver Baldwin 499cc Rudge 1 6 4:33.37.0 49.67 mph
15 36   R.M. Knowles 490cc Norton 1 6 4:35.31.0 49.41 mph
16 25   George Strange 490cc Sheffield-Henderson 1 6 4:37.15.0 49.01 mph
17 26   Geoff S. Davison 492cc Sunbeam 1 6 4:51.25.0 46.63 mph
18 60   Edward Mundey 496.5cc New Hudson 1 6 4:58.10.0 45.58 mph
19 57   George Cowley, Sr. 492cc Sunbeam 1 6 5:03.19.0 44.80 mph
20 19   Charlie Waterhouse, jun. 499cc Sunbeam 1 6 5:12.58.0 43.40 mph
21 18   Graham Black 490cc Norton 1 6 5:16.48.0 42.90 mph
22 7   George H. Tucker 490cc Norton 1 6 5:42.43.0 39.61 mph
Fastest lap: Alec Bennett, 37min. 46sec. 59.99 mph (New record)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 18 February 2007. Retrieved 5 June 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) The History of the TT The Mountain Course (retrieved 22 August 2006)
  2. ^ Title: The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Motorcycles, Editor: Erwin Tragatsch, Publisher: New Burlington Books, Copyright: 1979 Quarto Publishing, Edition: 1988 Revised, Page 23, ISBN 0-906286-07-7
  3. ^ [1] IOM Notebook 1922 (retrieved 26 November 2006)
  4. ^ [2] Stanley Woods biography (retrieved 22 August 2006) Archived 11 March 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 11 March 2007. Retrieved 7 October 2006.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) History of the Isle of Man TT (retrieved 22 August 2006)
  6. ^ [3] Isle-of-Man Isle of Man TT (retrieved 7 October 2006) Archived 29 January 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ The Isle of Man Examiner page 2, 2 June 1922
  8. ^ The Motor Cycle page 773, 8 June 1922
  9. ^ The Isle of Man Examiner page 5 Saturday 2 June 19202
  10. ^ The Isle of Man Examiner page 5 Saturday 2 June 19202
  11. ^ The Isle of Man Examiner page 2, 2 June 1922
  12. ^ The Motor Cycle page 772, 8 June 1922

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