1937 Isle of Man TT

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The 1937 Isle of Man Tourist Trophy saw Freddie Frith break the 90+ mph lap for the first time during the Senior TT with a speed of 90.27 mph on his Norton beating Stanley Woods by only 15 seconds. Frith also beat Wood in the Junior TT but only with a second placing.

The popular Jimmie Guthrie, who was killed during the German Grand Prix later that year, won Junior race but retired in the Senior TT at the Cutting, where a memorial was erected. The location, on the uphill climb from Ramsey to the Bungalow, on the Mountain Course, is now known as the Guthrie Memorial.[1]

Harold Daniell who had been a works rider for AJS entered the 1937 TT with a three-year-old Norton tuned by his brother-in-law, Steve Lancefield which gave him a fifth place, a finishing position he also achieved in the Junior TT.

In the Lightweight TT Omobono Tenni becomes the first foreigner to secure a victory in an Isle of Man TT race on his Moto Guzzi.[2]

Senior TT (500cc)

Rank Rider Team Speed Time
1 United Kingdom Freddie Frith Norton 88.21
2 Republic of Ireland Stanley Woods Velocette 88.09 2:59.56.0
3 United Kingdom John H. White Norton 83.97 3:08.44.0
4 United Kingdom Ted Mellors Velocette 86.68 3:09.24.0
5 United Kingdom Harold Daniell Norton 83.61 3:09.33.0
6 United Kingdom Jock West BMW 81.5 3:14.28.0
7 South Africa J C Galway Norton 80.26 3:17.28.0
8 United Kingdom Les Archer Velocette 76.96 3:25.55.0
9 United Kingdom Noel Pope Norton 76.73 3:26.22.0
10 United Kingdom J Williams Norton 75.62 3:29.35.0

Junior TT (350cc)

Rank Rider Team Speed Time
1 Scotland Jimmie Guthrie Norton 84.43 mph
2 United Kingdom Freddie Frith Norton 83.29 3:10.17.0
3 United Kingdom John H. White Norton 82.54 3:12.00.0
4 Republic of Ireland Stanley Woods Velocette 82.33 3:12.30.0
5 United Kingdom Harold Daniell Norton 78.77 3:21.12.0
6 United Kingdom Ernie Thomas Velocette 78.63 3:21.34.0
7 Republic of Ireland H. G. Tyrell Smith Excelsior 77.25 3:25.10.0
8 United Kingdom George Rowley AJS 76.82 3:26.18.0
9 South Africa J C Galway Norton 75.98 3:28.25.0
10 United Kingdom J Williams Norton 75.4 3:30.11.0

Lightweight TT (250cc)

Rank Rider Team Speed Time
1 Italy Omobono Tenni Moto Guzzi 74.72 mph
2 United Kingdom S Wood Excelsior 74.5 3:32.43.0
3 United Kingdom Ernie Thomas DKW 73.17 3:36.36.0
4 United Kingdom Les Archer New Imperial 72.98 3:37.09.0
5 Nazi Germany Siegfried Wünsche DKW 72.47 3:38.42.0
6 United Kingdom Chris Tattersall CTS 69.25 3:48.52.0
7 United Kingdom C V Moore New Imperial 67.39 3:55.10.0
8 United Kingdom S V Smith Excelsior 66.3 3:59.03.0
9 United Kingdom Les G Martin Cotton 65.1 4:03.26.0
10 United Kingdom N Cook OK-Supreme DNF DNF


  • Stanley Woods has an incident with a dog at the bottom of Bray Hill on the 1st lap of the 1937 Junior TT Race and also loses the rear brake at the same place.[3]
  • During lap 1 of the 1937 Junior TT Race, H.Pinnington riding a Norton crashes at the Windy Corner and Marcel Simo riding a Terrot motor-cycle crashes at Glentramman on lap 3. On lap 4, J. Illichmann riding a NSU is disqualified for illegal refuelling.[3]
  • Omobono Tenni is called "Tombone" by fellow competitors who cannot pronounce his name. On the first lap of the 1937 Lightweight TT Race, Omobono Tenni slips of at Governors Bridge on lap 1 and leaves part of his exhaust of his Moto Guzzi behind. On lap 5, Ewald Kluge retires his DKW at Ballaugh with a broken throttle wire and Stanley Woods on lap 6 his DKW retires at Sulby. H.G.Tyrell Smith breaks down at Creg-na-Baa when his Excelsior breaks a connecting-rod on lap 6.[3]
  • On the last lap of the 1937 Senior TT Race, Freddie Frith and Stanley Woods are posted as a dead-heat.


  1. [1] BBB.co.uk Jimmie Guthrie win European Grand Prix 1935 (retrieved 4 November 2006)
  2. [2] IOMTT.com Photo of Lightweight TT winner Omobono Tenni (retrieved 4 November 2006)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Isle of Man Weekly Times dated 19 June 1937

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