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Fred Hanks

Record type: Motorsport Biographies

Biography: Mount: Sidecar – Norton.

Age 36, Fred Hanks from Erdington, Birmingham, is a transport manager. He first appeared in the Sidecar T.T. in 1955, after a great deal of short circuit experience.

Fred claims that the time taken up in racing activities leaves him little time for hobbies, and he declares that he has not even visited a cinema for some years!

Last season he collected a win and a second place at Cadwell and did well at Silverstone and elsewhere.

Passengered by E. Dorman, Fred enjoyed a good race in the Island last year – he finished seventh at 63.47 m.p.h. Apart from Hillebrand’s winning B.M.W., Fred’s Matchless outfit was the only “twin” to gain a placing – all the others were Nortons!
(TT Special, 5 June 1957, p.13.)

Age 38, Fred Hanks is a motor cycle dealer and comes from Erdington, Birmingham. He has ridden in the Dutch TT, the Belgian Grand Prix, the Ulster, and many other races and has competed in three Sidecar TT's. His first was the 1955 event, when he finished seventh, with a Silver Replica ,and 1956 saw exactly the same result. He had bad luck, however, in 1957, retiring on the sixth lap with a broken valve, and he did not ride in last year's Sidecar TT.

Hobbies: "Five children, three boys and two girls."

(TT Special, 8 June 1959, p.20)

Competed in

RacePositionTimeSpeedMachine
1970 Sidecar 750 TT141:29:59.0075.48BSA
1969 Sidecar 750 TTRBSA
1969 Sidecar 500 TT211:43:42.6065.5BSA
1968 Sidecar 750 TT211:48:08.0062.81BSA
1967 Sidecar TT221:33:45.8072.45BSA
1964 Sidecar TT171:34:58.6071.52Norton
1963 Sidecar TT141:34:05.4072.19Norton
1962 Sidecar TTRTriumph
1959 Sidecar TTRNorton
1957 Sidecar TTRNorton
1956 Sidecar TT71:31:48.0063.47Matchless
1955 Sidecar TT71:33:56.4062.24Matchless

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