1905 Tourist Trophy Race
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.'
|1905 Tourist Trophy Race Results|
|-||Maker||Driver||Weight of Chassis (lbs)||Weight of Body (lbs)||Petrol remaining at finish (Pints)||MPG||Time for 208.5 miles (h.m.s)||Average speed (mph)|
|1st||18 hp Arrol-Johnston||J. S. Napier||1,572||303||8.3||25.4||6.9.14||33.9|
|2nd||20 hp Rolls-Royce||Percy Northey||1,565||290||6.8||24.8||6.11.23||33.7|
|3rd||14 hp Vinot et Deguingand||Norman Littlejohn||1,595||233||2.6||23.3||6.14.35||33.4|
|4th||18 hp Arrol-Johnston||Cyril Roberts||1,588||323||6.2||24.6||6.36.58||31.7|
|5th||16-20 hp Rover||Ernest Courtis||1,360||360||8.5||25.5||6.43.53||31.0|
|6th||16 hp Swift||Harvey Du Cros||1,595||317||11.9||26.9||7.1.12||29.7|
|7th||15 hp Orleans||W. H. Astell||1,521||367||11.25||26.6||7.7.52||29.2|
|8th||14-16 hp Argyll||W. Parker Thomas||1,499||393||6.25||24.6||7.10.25||29.0|
|9th||15 hp Orleans||Thomas Jenner||1,549||350||9.45||25.9||7.19.32||28.5|
|10th||18 hp Napier||Clifford Earp||1,576||339||trace||22.5||7.27.44||29.0|
|11th||16-20 hp Standard||Reginald Maudslay||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|12th||16-20 hp Rover||Edmund W. Lewis||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|13th||10-12 hp Peugeot||Charles Friswell||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|14th||15 hp Ryknield||Arthur J. Clay||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|15th||18 hp Napier||Frank G. Cundy||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|16th||14 hp Dennis||John Dennis||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|17th||20 hp Simms||Richard Lascelles||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|18th||14 hp Dennis||Robert Downing||-||-||-||-||-||-|
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.