A 23-year-old motor agent from the north of England today (Monday, June the 7th) won the 350 c.
A 23-year-old motor agent from the north of England today (Monday, June the 7th) won the 350 c.c. motor cycle Tourist Trophy race on the Isle of Man. He's Tony Jefferies, from Yorkshire. He wasn't expected to win, but he went on to take the flag after several of the more fancied riders retired or crashed.
The race was run in rain and mist with visibility sometimes down to 100 yards and the times were the slowest recorded for 10 years. Jefferies riding a Yamaha, completed the course in 2 hours, 5 minutes 48.6 seconds at an average speed of 89.98 miles an hour (145 k.p.h.).
British riders took the first six places:
RESULTS:- 1). Jefferies
2). G. Pantall (Yamaha) 2 hrs 6 min 25 sec. 89.55 mph (144.11 kph)
3). W. Smith (Honda) 2 hrs 7 min 4.8 sec. 89.09 mph (143.37 kph)
4). J. Williams (AJS) 2 hrs 7 min 17 sec. 88.94 mph (143.13 kph)
5). M. Chatterton (Chat-Yamaha) 2 hrs 1 min 33.6 sec 87.38 mph (140.62 kph)
6). G. McAtaer (Aermacchi) 2 hrs 9 min 51.8 sec 87.18 mph (140.29 kph)
SYNOPSIS: The junior tourist Trophy race gets under way on the Isle of Man. There were more than 70 competitors from nine countries in the 188 mile race, which was held on Monday.
The race was run over five laps of the mountain circuit in conditions that were far from ideal. There was rain and mist during the race, and in places visibility was down to 100 yards.
Number 12, the British rider Phil Read, led in the early stages of the race but was later forced to retire. The race had its share of spills, too.
The slippery roads made it a slow race. In fact the times were the slowest recorded for 10 years. The fastest lap was 100.37 miles an hour by Phil Read, compared with the race record of 107.73 miles an hour by Mike Hailwood in 1967.
The favourite, Giacomo Agostini, of Italy, was attempting to win his fourth successive double of both Junior and Senior TTs, but he was forced to retire after only 25 mile
The winner was Tony Jefferies, a 23-year-old motor agent from the north of England. His average speed was only 89.98 miles an hour compared with the record of 104.78. Gordon Pantell, at left, was a second and Bill Smith, on the right, came in third.