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The 1947 Isle of Man Tourist Trophy was the first race festival since 1939 due to the interruption of World War II. With the restart of racing, the ACU decided to add three Clubman-class races for production machines in Lightweight, Junior and Senior categories, making the festival a six-race event.[1] It held in 9-13 June.[2]

Harold Daniell won the Senior TT at 82.81 mph (133.27 km/h) on a Norton and the Norton team were to dominate the Senior race until 1954.[3] Speeds were somewhat lower than the pre-war races due to the low quality "pool" petrol available, and it would be another three years before Daniell's 1938 lap record was broken. Superchargers were banned for motorcycle racing from 1946, so that may have reduced speed too.[4]

This was an early race appearance for the E90 AJS Porcupine, ridden to ninth in the Senior by Les Graham.

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Senior TT (500cc)Edit

Rank Rider Team Speed Time
1   Harold L Daniell Norton 82.813 mph 3:11.22.2
2   Artie Bell Norton 82.656 mph 3:11.44.2
3   Peter Goodman Velocette 82.463 mph 3:12.11.0
4   Ted Frend Norton 81.57 mph 3:14.17.4
5   Guy Newman Norton 79.638 mph 3:19.00.0
6   E Roy Evans Norton 78.051 mph 3:23.02.8
7   Noel Christmas Norton 78.048 mph 3:23.03.2
8   Bill Beevers Norton 77.56 mph 3:24.20.0
9   Leslie Graham AJS 77.472 mph 3:24.34.0
10   Les A Dear Norton 75.931 mph 3:28.43.0

Junior TT (350cc)Edit

Rank Rider Team Speed Time
1   Bob Foster Velocette 80.311 mph 3:17.20.0
2   David Whitworth Velocette 78.677 mph 3:21.26.0
3   Jock A Weddell Velocette 76.15 mph 3:28.07.0
4   Peter Goodman Velocette 75.822 mph 3:29.00.0
5   Les G. Martin Norton 73.964 mph 3:30.30.0
6   F J Hudson Norton 76.96 mph 3:34.16.0
7   Guy Newman Velocette 73.94 mph 3:34.19.0
8   Tommy Wood Velocette 73.28 mph 3:36.16.0
9   Eric Oliver Norton 73.00 mph 3:37.05.0
10   Geoff G Murdoch Norton 72.99 mph 3:37.07.0

Lightweight TT (250cc)Edit

Rank Rider Team Speed Time
1   Manliff Barrington Moto Guzzi 73.22 mph 3:36:26.6
2   Maurice Cann Moto Guzzi 72.972 mph 3:37.10.8
3   Ben Drinkwater Excelsior 70.139 mph 3:45.57.0
4   Les Archer New Imperial 69.805 mph 3:47.02.0
5   W H Stan Pike Rudge 68.559 mph 3:51.09.6
6   G L Paterson New Imperial 68.488 mph 3:51.24.0
7   Svend Aage Sørensen Excelsior 67.775 mph 3:53.50.0
8   C. W. Johnston CTS 67.72 mph 3:54.01.6
9   Les G Martin Excelsior 67.621 mph 3:54.22.0
10   Jack Brett Excelsior 67.249 mph 3:55.39.6

Clubmans Senior TTEdit

Rank Rider Team Speed Time
1   Eric Briggs Norton 78.67 mph 1:55.08.0
2   Allan Jefferies Triumph 75.23 mph 2:00.23.0
3   Geoff F Parsons Ariel 71.26 mph 2:07.06.0

Clubmans Junior TTEdit

Rank Rider Team Speed Time
1   Denis Parkinson Norton 70.74 mph 2:08.01.0
2   Bob Pratt Norton 68.87 mph 2:11.30.0
3   Wilf Sleightholme AJS 68.28 mph 2:12.39.0

Clubmans Lightweight TTEdit

Rank Rider Team Speed Time
1   Basil Keys[dubious ] AJS 64.27 mph 1.45.42.0
2   Les Archer Velocette 63.73 1:46.36.0
3   Don G Crossley Velocette 62.91 1:47.58.0

NotesEdit

  • Major road widening occurred on the Snaefell mountain course at the 33rd Milestone, including the removal of fence posts at road level.[5]

SourcesEdit

  1. ^ [1] IOMTT.com 1947 race results (retrieved 29 October 2006)
  2. ^ "Isle of Man Races to Begin on June 9". trove.nla.gov.au. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  3. ^ [2] Birmingham's history (retrieved 29 October 2006)
  4. ^ [3] Archived 14 August 2006 at the Wayback Machine Gilera-Saturno Gilera History (Retrieved 29 October 2006)
  5. ^ Isle of Man Weekly Times dated 12 May 1947

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