THE SENIOR RACE
ANOTHER NORTON WIN. WOODS COMPLETES A DOUBLE.
FOR the first time in the history of the Tourist Trophy Race, a member of the Royal Family was to be a spectator, and Prince George, who had arrived from the mainland by aeroplane on Thursday afternoon, saw the fastest race which has yet been run on the Manx course, The entries only numbered 35, but they were representative, both in riders and machines, of the best the world produces. As in the other races, Norton and Rudge constituted the principal entry, the Sunb e a ms being priv a t .e 1 y entered teams, and A.J.S. a lamented memory. Douglases made a we return, though the y had had little time for preparation and Dodson’s Excelsior was likely
to do well. This race saw the first
appearance of the Jawa, an interesting Czecho-Slovakian machine with a pressed steel frame. The Jonghis were destroyed in the unfortunate fire at Montlhery, and Franconi and Realer were therefore mounted on Velocettes. Seven riders from the Dominions and. six from the Continent further enhanced the international character of the race. Prince George and his party arrived early, and he was observed taking a keen
interest in the score-boards, pits, and the other activities at the Start. At 9.45 the riders wheeled out their machines to their places, and His Highness descended from the stand and shook hands and chatted with each man. Handley (Rudge) was No. 1 and on getting the signal at 10 o’clock, started his machine at the first heave, and was away down Bray Hill in a flash. The Rudge exhaust note is particularly deafening this year, as the pipes are fitted with
bell-shaped mouths which are supposed to have an extractor effect. All the machines get away without much trouble, though the Jawas seem a little uncert am. Handley ‘s pointer is moving fast. He is not in the Rudge team, but will go out