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Freddie Frith
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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
33 1st 5
500cc Velocette IOM
5 11th 0


  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

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Wal Handley
350cc Motorcycle European Champion
Succeeded by
Jimmie Guthrie
Preceded by
Fergus Anderson
350cc Motorcycle European Champion
Succeeded by
Preceded by
350cc Motorcycle World Champion
Succeeded by
Bob Foster

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Thu, 27 Aug 2015 09:07:30 -0700

Also recalled is the 1935 Senior battle between Stanley Woods and Norton-mounted Jimmy Guthrie, Freddie Frith's 1937 Senior TT win and Mike Hailwood's victory in the 1961 Senior TT, when eight of the top 10 places were taken by Nortons. The stamps ...

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Mon, 22 Jun 2015 03:41:15 -0700

Stewards Cup: G. Hallam/Wayne Melton/Chris Parker/Sam Czornji. Chris Barnes Cup: Ian Ashwood. Stan Rimmer: Tom Everson. Iacha Da: Rick Towse. Becklands Buick, Freddie Frith: L. Jaines/S. Joyce/J. Larder. Famous Grouse: Dave Logan/S. Matthews.


Sat, 14 Jun 2014 23:57:08 -0700

... first established as a non-championship event in 1907, and as part of the event on Monday 13th June 1949 the very first race which counted towards the World Championship took place, a 350cc contest won by British rider Freddie Frith riding a Velocette.
Sun, 31 Mar 2013 09:18:45 -0700

Second again in 1934, he finally achieved victory in 1935 — averaging 79.62mph, breaking the lap record by two seconds, and beating a future world champion, Freddie Frith, to the finish line. Swanston's restored 1931 Norton was displayed outside the ...
Thu, 12 Jun 2014 02:11:15 -0700

65 years - The first day of practice in Catalunya will mark the 65th anniversary of the very first race that counted towards the World Championship – the 350cc race at the Isle of Man TT in 1949. This race was won by British rider Freddie Frith, riding ...


Mon, 09 Jun 2014 10:03:45 -0700

Historic triple with BMW Motorrad: Michael Dunlop also triumphs in the Senior TT on the Isle of Man. Isle of Man/Munich. BMW Motorrad and Michael Dunlop (NI) have repeated history, echoing Georg “Schorsch” Meier's (DE) legendary Senior TT victory of ...
Thu, 03 Jun 2010 06:23:20 -0700

Three Isle of Man TT races were included in the schedule, Ireland's Manliff Barrington winning the 250 cc, and British riders taking the 350 (Freddie Frith) and 500 (Harold Daniell on a Norton). The last race of this inaugural season took place on ...
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Thu, 28 Oct 2010 04:40:15 -0700

The centenary year of TT racing on the Mountain Course will be celebrated with a two-day event called 'Milestones of the Mountain,' in 2011. The nine-mile Mountain section from Ramsey to the Creg ny Baa was first introduced in 1911, four years after ...

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