For the first time since 1954 the International Junior Tourist Trophy, for 350cc motor-cycles was won by a British rider on a British machine, June 14, over the Isle of Man circuit.
For the first time since 1954 the International Junior Tourist Trophy, for 350cc motor-cycles was won by a British rider on a British machine, June 14, over the Isle of Man circuit. The winner was Phil Read on a Norton. He is a 22-year-old engineer from Luton. He completed the 226.4-mile course in 2-hours 22-minutes 50-seconds, an average speed of 95.10 m.p.h.
Gerry Hocking of Southern Rhodesia was second on his M.V. Agusta. After leading for most of the six laps Hocking slowed down and was first passed by Mike Hailwood and then Read. Hailwood dropped out in the fifth lap with engine trouble leaving the way clear for Read. Hocking set new lap record on his second time round, at a speed of 99.8 m.p.h. His time over the distance was 2-hours 24-minutes 7.8-seconds.
B. Renson another British rider on a Norton came home in second place with a time of 2-hours 25-minutes 3-seconds. Renson rode a steady race and moved up through the field until he was behind Hocking.
It was Read's first Isle of Man T.T Last year he won the Manx Grand Prix for amateurs over the same course. Out of the eighty starters only forty-nine machines finished the course.