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Sir,

I found your article on Freddie Dixon most interesting and it jogged my memory in several ways. Unfortunately you missed a couple of points regarding the TT races.

In 1934 it was won by Charlie Dodson in an MG Magnette; in 1935 it was won as you stated by Freddie Dixon in a Riley (I can find no reference to Wal Handley in connection with Dixon). Finally, in 1936 Dixon and Dodson shared Dixon’s Riley to finish first. As I was present that day I can confirm that Dixon drove the first half of the race and Dodson the second.

In each of those years second place was taken by Eddie Hall in a Derby Bentley. In the last race Hall drove non-stop for the full distance of 30 laps or 410 miles at 80.81mph. The Bentley’s tyres must have been exceptionally good as it was a relatively heavy car.

Sadly due to a fatal accident involving spectators this was the last race held on the famous Ards circuit.

A G Ryan, Cheviot, N Z.

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