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Don Chapman

Record type: Motorsport Biographies

Biography: Mount: Junior – Norton
Senior – Norton

Age 30, Don Chapman is a traveller for a wholesale confectionery firm, and comes from Reading.

Until three years ago, when he acquired a 7R A.J.S., he has always been associated with Duggies, and first came into prominence in 1950 when he rode a 1949 sports Douglas into first place in a Silverstone “Clubman’s” race. For the following season he bought a “Plus 90” of the same make, and it was with this same machine that he raced during the next four years, scoring two “firsts” at Castle Combe, a “second” on Silverstone Trophy Day, 1952, and finishing 23rd in the 1954 Isle of Man Clubman’s Junior Trophy Race.

With his new A.J.S. Don crossed to Ireland to ride in the Carrowdore “100” in 1954, but was unlucky enough to run out of fuel when holding second place on the last lap; he finished the race by pushing for the last mile and a half.

He had a fifth place at Snetterton in 1955, while he collected a silver replica for 22nd place in the Junior T.T.

From his participation in last year’s races in the Island, Don was able to return home with a Silver Replica and a Bronze Replica. He had a much better ride in the Senior T.T. than in the Junior for at 90.71 m.p.h. he finished 10th. In the Junior on an “Ajay” he was 36th.
(TT Special, 5 June 1957, pp.6-7.)

Competed in

1961 Senior TT242:29:17.4090.99Norton
1961 Junior TT282:34:40.2087.83Norton
1960 Senior TT222:28:49.4091.28Norton
1960 Junior TTRNorton
1959 Senior TTRNorton
1959 Formula 1 500 TT61:11:56.2094.42Norton
1958 Senior TTRNorton
1958 Junior TTRNorton
1957 Senior TTRNorton
1957 Junior TT123:00:10.8087.96Norton
1956 Senior TT102:54:43.2090.71Norton
1956 Junior TT363:30:02.8075.45AJS
1955 Junior TT223:09:34.0083.6AJS
1954 Clubman Junior TT232:00:47.0074.98Douglas
1952 Clubman Junior TTRDouglas
1951 Clubman Junior TTRDouglas


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