Britain's John Surtees - riding the race of a lifetime - won the Senior Tourist Trophy motorcycle race at the Isle of Man, June 17, and became the first man ever to win the race at an average speed of more than 100 mph.
TV Preparation for race
SV Motorcycles wheeled to start
CU No 11 Hartle
CU Hailwood No 4
CU Surtees No 3
SV No 3 Surtees moves up for start
CU No 1 Brown, Australia
SV No 40, W Roberton
SV No 1 Brown and No 2 Anderson start
LV More riders start
SV No 3 Surtees rounding corners
CU No 68 Murray
CU No 70 Buxton
SV No 1 Brown followed by No 2 Anderson
SV No 19 Shepherd takes corner
STV Pan No 11 Hartle on road and corner
STV Another rider ditto
SV No 4 Hailwood round corner
SV No 2 Anderson round corner
LV Riders round corner towards
LV ditto pan to BV
STV Crowd pan to rider passing
LV Pan Surtees flagged in
SV Surtees congratulated, drinks and passes glass to Hartle
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Background: Britain's John Surtees - riding the race of a lifetime - won the Senior Tourist Trophy motorcycle race at the Isle of Man, June 17, and became the first man ever to win the race at an average speed of more than 100 mph. For the 6 lapss of the 37 3/4 mile mountain circuit, he averaged 102.44 mph - in one lap he achieved an astounding record of 104 mph.
Secon in the race was Junior TT winner, John Hartle, who, like Surtees, rode an Italian MV machine. His average speed was 100.44 mph. Hartle (no 11) completed the circuit in 2 hours, 15 minutes and 14.2 secs. In third place was another British rider, Mike Hailwood (no 4) riding a Norton. His speed was 98.29 mph.
Surtees (no 3) won the Senior TT race for the third successive year. After shooting away to a lightning start, he tempted fate at each of the 20 curves as he cornered at fantastic speed - sometimes touching the grass verge on the way round. After the finish he climbed off his machine, waved to the cheering crowds and said: "I feel great".