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Freddie Frith
Freddie Frith.JPG
Frith demonstrating a 1930s Manx Norton at the Vintage Motor Cycle Club's Founder's Day rally, race meeting and parade gathering, 27 April 1969 at Mallory Park
Nationality British
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Active years 1949
First race 1949 350cc Isle of Man TT
Last race 1949 350cc Ulster Grand Prix
First win 1949 350cc Isle of Man TT
Last win 1949 350cc Ulster Grand Prix
Team(s) Velocette
Championships 350cc - 1949
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
6 5 5 0 4 38

Frederick Lee "Freddie" Frith OBE (born 30 May, 1909 - 24 May, 1988 Grimsby, Lincolnshire, England)[1][2] was a British former Grand Prix motorcycle road racing world champion.[3] A former stonemason and later a motor cycle retailer in Grimsby,[4] he was a stylish rider and five times winner of the Isle of Man TT. Frith had the distinction of being one of the few to win TT races before and after the Second World War.[5]

He entered his first major race, the first Manx Grand Prix in 1930 riding an over-the counter, 350 cc Velocette KTT in the Junior event, finishing third at a speed of 60.34 mph. He retired from the 500 cc race with a blown engine, again riding his 350, when holding third place.[4]

He won the 1935 Junior Manx Grand Prix and then joined the Norton team for the 1936 TT Races. It was a winning combination as he claimed the Junior TT and finished second in the Senior TT as well as winning the 350cc European Championship. In 1937 he went one better in the Senior and took a brilliant win and setting the first 90 mph plus lap of the Snaefell Mountain Course.

After finishing third in the 1939 Senior he missed the 1947 TT due to a practice spill on a 500cc Moto Guzzi. Turning to Velocettes in 1948 he won the Junior Race, repeating this success a year later. Freddie also has the distinction of being the first ever 350cc World Champion in 1949 when, he won all five events of the inaugural campaign.

Frith, alongside other riders from BSA, Ariel and Matchless works teams, served in the army during World War 2 at the Infantry Driving & Maintenance School stationed at Keswick, where officers and NCOs learned how to ride cross-country. Sgt. Freddie Frith taught teams of four on Norton 500s over Skiddaw in all weathers. A special treat on the last day was reserved for roadwork, following Frith's track-style fast cornering.

Motorcycle Grand Prix results[edit]

1949 point system

Position 1 2 3 4 5 Fastest lap
Points 10 8 7 6 5 1

(key) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Class Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 Points Rank Wins
1949 350cc Velocette IOM
1
SUI
1
NED
1
BEL
1
ULS
1
33 1st 5
500cc Velocette IOM
NC
SUI
5
NED
-
BEL
-
ULS
-
NAT
-
5 11th 0

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ England and Wales births Retrieved 17 June 2015
  2. ^ England and Wales deaths Retrieved 17 June 2015
  3. ^ Freddie Frith career statistics at MotoGP.com
  4. ^ a b Motorcycle Sport, UK monthly magazine, August 1978, p.296 Freddie Frith Limited, official advert. The latest and greatest shaft drive motorcycles from Honda & BMW. 119 Victoria Street Grimsby. Accessed 17 June 2015
  5. ^ Keig, Stanley Robertson (1975). The Keig Collection: six hundred photographs from the Manx House of Keig of T.T. riders and their machines from 1911 to 1939, vol 1. Bruce Main-Smith & Co. pp.28-29 ISBN 0-904365-05-0

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Wal Handley
350cc Motorcycle European Champion
1936
Succeeded by
Jimmie Guthrie
Preceded by
Fergus Anderson
350cc Motorcycle European Champion
1948
Succeeded by
None
Preceded by
None
350cc Motorcycle World Champion
1949
Succeeded by
Bob Foster



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