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1905 Tourist Trophy Race

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The first race for cars for the Tourist Trophy was held over a rough and hilly circuit of 52 miles in the Isle of Man on the 14th of September 1905. It was organised by the Automobile Club. Cars had be ready for inspection on the 11th September.

54 cars were entered of which 42 started and just 18 cars finished the race.

The fuel allowance was at one gallon for every 22.5 miles and the total distance was 208.5 miles (four circuits of the course).

See Drivers and Cars

1905 September. '... the disqualification of the Swift. Mr. Ernest de Wilton had an accident with his Swift car, and asked if he would be allowed an extension of time over the other competitors. He was given to understand that he could present his car on Tuesday instead of Monday for the official inspection and consequently he did not appear with the others. He has since been disqualified by the committee, although it is said that a request to allow the car to run has been signed by all the other competitors.'[9]

Failed to Finish

  • Charles Stewart Rolls in a Rolls-Royce who was the first to start and the gear broke after a few miles.
  • Three other cars retired in the first round
  • Five cars failed in the second circuit
  • Four failed in the third circuit
  • Five failed in the fourth and final circuit

The following cars ran out of fuel -

  • 14-16 hp Argyll (no. 17) at the end of 143 miles 3 furlongs
  • 14-16 hp James and Browne at the end of 203 miles 4 furlongs
  • 20 hp Maudslay at the end of 186 miles 6 furlongs
  • 14 hp Clement at the end of 181 miles and 6 furlongs
  • 14 hp Scout at the end of 185 miles and 3 furlongs

Motorcycle Elimination Trials

Motorcycle races were also run on the Isle of Man - the day after the 1905 Gordon Bennett Elimination Trial, there was an elimination trial to establish a team to represent Great Britain in the International Motorcycle Cup races.

See Also


Sources of Information

  • Wikipedia
  • The Automobile Vol. III. Edited by Paul N. Hasluck and published by Cassell and Co in 1906
  • Vital to the Life of the Nation. Published 1946
  • Motors and Motor-driving. Published in 1906
  • History of the Tourist Trophy Races [1]