1923 Isle of Man TT

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The 1923 Isle of Man Tourist Trophy saw the introduction of the first Sidecar TT race over 3 laps, won by Freddie Dixon and passenger Walter Denney using a special Douglas motorcycle with a banking-sidecar in a time of 2 hours, 7 minutes and 48 seconds, at an average speed of 53.15 mph (85.54 km/h). The fastest Sidecar lap was by Harry Langman on a Scott at 54.69 mph (88.02 km/h).

The Senior race was held in poor weather and local course knowledge allowed local Isle of Man competitor Tom Sheard, also riding a Douglas, to win a second TT to add to his first win in the 1922 Junior TT. Another first-time winner was Stanley Woods, riding to his first of ten victories in the TT races, on a Cotton in the Junior TT. TT novice Jimmie Guthrie suffered a machine breakdown in the Junior 350 cc race, but he achieved six victories in later years.[1]

Changes to the course occurred in 1923 with the adoption of a private road between Parliament Square and May Hill in Ramsey. Previously the course negotiated Albert Road and Tower Road in Ramsey and the new course length was 37.739 miles (revised to 37.733 miles (60.725 km) in 1938).[2]

Lightweight 250 cc Race

Pos Rider Machine Time Speed Laps
1 United Kingdom Jack A. Porter New Gerrard 4.21.37 51.93 mph (83.57 km/h) 6
2 United Kingdom Bert le Vack New Imperial 4.26.19 51.14 6
3 United Kingdom D Hall Rex-Acme 4.34.20 49.53 6

Junior 350 cc Race

Pos Rider Machine Time Speed Laps
1 Republic of Ireland Stanley Woods Cotton 4.03.47 55.73 mph (89.69 km/h) 6
2 United Kingdom H F Harris AJS 4.06.16 6
3 United Kingdom A H Alexander Douglas 4.09.35 6

Senior 500 cc Race

Pos Rider Machine Time Speed Laps
1 Isle of Man Tom Sheard Douglas 4.04.33 55.55 mph (89.40 km/h) 6
2 United Kingdom G M Black Norton 4.06.26 55.14 6
3 United Kingdom Freddie W Dixon Indian 4.07.02 55.01 6

Sidecar 500 cc Race

Pos Rider Machine Time Speed Laps
1 United Kingdom Freddie W Dixon Douglas 2.07.48 53.15 mph (85.54 km/h) 3
2 United Kingdom Graham Walker Norton 2.09.26 3
3 United Kingdom George H Tucker Norton 2.10.27 3


  1. [1] BBC A Sporting Nation Jimmie Guthrie win European Grand Prix 1935 (retrieved 7 October 2006)
  2. Official TT Guide 1992 pp 45 Mannin Media Publication/Isle of Man Department of Tourism

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