1948 Isle of Man TT

In the 1948 Isle of Man Tourist Trophy festival Harold Daniell, lap record holder since 1938, failed to finish the 1948 Senior TT on his Norton, and victory went to Norton team member, Artie Bell, the flying Ulsterman. Norton dominated, taking the first three places, losing fourth to Geoff Murdoch's AJS, and then filling the next four places. There were thirty three Nortons in a field of fifty six.

Artie Bell also came third in the Junior TT with Freddie Frith taking the flag for first place, and A. R. (Bob) Foster coming second, both on Velocettes. Maurice Cann won the Lightweight with his DOHC 250 cc Moto Guzzi, followed by Roland Pike on a Rudge.

Three Clubman races were again included, for the second year, in the festival with the Clubman Senior race allowing entires of bikes up to 1,000 cc engine capacity.

Later in 1948, at the FICM (later called FIM) meeting in London, it was decided there would be a motorcycle World Championship along Grand Prix lines. It would be a six-race annual series with points being awarded for a placing, and a point for the fastest lap of each race. There would be four classes: 500cc, 350cc, 250cc and 125cc. In the past a Grand Prix had been an individual race. In 1949 for the first time, starting with the Isle of Man TT, a series of Grand Prix races would decide who would be the 1949 World Champion.

The 1948 TT also saw the first presentation of the Jimmy Simpson Trophy, awarded to the rider who completed the fastest lap of the meeting.[1]

Junior TT (350cc)Edit

Rank Rider Team Speed Time
1   Freddie Frith Velocette 81.59 mph 3:14.33.6
2   Bob Foster Velocette 79.55 mph 3:19.12.6
3   Artie Bell Norton 78.97 mph 3:20.50.6
4   Johnny Lockett Norton 78.80 mph 3:21.06.8
5   Maurice Cann AJS 77.27 mph 3:25.06.6
6   Eric Briggs Norton 77.13 mph 3:25.27.6
7   Leslie Graham AJS 76.97 mph 3:25.54.2
8   Eric Oliver Velocette 76.94 mph 3:25.58.8
9   S M Miller Norton 76.11 mph 3:28.12.0
10   Tommy McEwan AJS 76.06 mph 3:28.20.4

Lightweight TT (250cc)Edit

Rank Rider Team Speed Time
1   Maurice Cann Moto Guzzi 75.12 mph 3:30:49.0
2   Roland Pike Rudge 71.85 mph 3:40.33.2
3   Doug St.J Beasley Excelsior 67.68 mph 3:54.09.0
4   Ben Drinkwater Moto Guzzi 66.6 mph 3:57.56.2
5   Ray Petty New Imperial 66.26 mph 3:59.11.0
6   Jock McCredie Excelsior 64.98 mph 4:03:52.2

Clubmans Senior TTEdit

Rank Rider Team Speed Time
1   Jack D Daniells 998 Vincent HRD 80.51 mph 1.52.29.6
2   F Phil Heath 998 Vincent HRD 79.58 mph 1:53.49.0
3   Cyril A Stevens 490 Norton 76.01 mph 1:59.03.4

Clubmans Junior TTEdit

Rank Rider Team Speed Time
1   Ronnie J Hazlehurst Velocette 70.33 mph 2.08.47.2
2   G W Robinson AJS 70.02 mph 2:09.21.6
3   Milton Sunderland Norton 69.58 mph 2:10.13.4

Clubmans Lightweight TTEdit

Rank Rider Team Speed Time
1   Monty Lockwood Excelsior 64.93 mph 1.44.37.6
2   Bill G Dehany Excelsior 63.35 mph 1:47.13.8
3   Ron Carvell Triumph 62.53 mph 1:48.38.0

Senior TT (500cc)Edit

Rank Rider Team Speed Time
1   Artie Bell Norton 84.969 mph 3:06.31.0
2   Bill Doran Norton 80.338 mph 3:17.16.0
3   Jock A Weddell Norton 79.564 mph 3:19:11.2
4   Geoff G Murdoch AJS 78.513 mph 3:21.51.2
5   Noel Pope Norton 78.039 mph 3:23.04.8
6   C W (Bill) Petch Norton 77.806 mph 3:23.41.2
7   Henry Pinnington Norton 77.343 mph 3:24.54.6
8   Jack Brett Norton 77.307 mph 3:24.59.8
9   Omobono Tenni Moto Guzzi 76.857 mph 3:26.12.2
10   Eric Oliver Velocette 76.648 mph 3:26.45.4

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Isle of Man Times, Saturday, June 05, 1948; Page: 5

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