Isle of Man Car Races 1904-1953
In 1904 the Isle of Man became the cradle of car racing in the British Isles when its self-governing status enabled the Island’s public roads to be closed for motor racing. Starting in 1905, the Island’s early Tourist Trophy car races led directly to the motorcycle TT Races which have continued virtually without interruption to this day.
The Island’s first phase of car racing extended from 1904 to 1922, on various TT courses varying in length from 52 to 37 miles. Racing resumed from 1933 to 1937 on street circuits through Douglas and Onchan and a third series of races took place between 1947 and 1953 on the Willaston Circuit on the outskirts of Douglas.
This book tells in detail the story of the Island races, the drivers, the cars, the fights against political opposition and the contribution made by the Island’s races to the development of production cars over fifty years.
NEIL HANSON was born in Douglas, Isle of Man, in 1946 and practised as an Advocate in Douglas from 1968 to 2011.
A lifelong enthusiast for both two and four-wheeled motorsport, he is a former Clerk of the Course of the Manx International Car Rally and of the TT and Manx Grand Prix Races. Since his retirement, he has turned to writing about the Island’s motorsport history.