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Stan Nightingale

Record type: Motorsport Biographies

Biography: Age 30, Stanley Nightingale is a commercial vehicle builder, and comes from Heaton Norris, Stockport. He has raced at most short circuits in England with, as he says, "minor successes."

The 1959 Sidecar race was Stanley's first T.T., and he came home 17th in it at 61.54 m.p.h.— with a Finisher's Award, of course. Soon after the T.T. he collected a couple of "thirds" in Sidecar races at Catterick and Aintree, and in April, 1960 won two Sidecar races at Rhydymwyn. He rode a Norton in the Sidecar T.T. but had to retire on the last lap. He then scored firsts, seconds and thirds at various short circuit meetings and last April won the Sidecar race at Rhydymwyn. (TT Special, 16 June 1961, p. 6)

Competed in

1969 Sidecar 750 TTRNorton
1969 Sidecar 500 TTRNorton
1968 Sidecar 750 TTRBSA
1967 Sidecar TTRNorton
1966 Sidecar TTRNorton
1965 Sidecar TT261:43:15.2065.78Triumph
1963 Sidecar TTRNorton
1961 Sidecar TTRBSA
1960 Sidecar TTRNorton
1959 Sidecar TT1761.54Norton


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Stanley Nightingale is my father in law and passed away Sunday 18th March aged 87 years still with motor bikes and side car in his garage - Julie Smith Report this

I have two cylinder heads that I believe Stan Nightingale used on his Triumph 500. I wonder if they might be if interest to anyone in the racing world. They are both alloy GP500 types in good condition - Geoff winwood Report this

I knew Stan from about late 1959 and at that time he was starting to develop hydraulic disc brakes on his race outfit, these were of his own design but derived from Jaguar/Dunlop calipers but later he constructed his own calipers from billet aluminium and used the piston and cylinder from the Jag/dunlop caliper. He used these brakes for several years including at least the 1961 to 1964 TT and continued to upgrade them and at one time he was being supplied pads in various materiels by Ferodo free of charge to evalute the different compounds of brake pad for motorcycle use as at that time hydraulic disc brakes were unheard of on motorcycles. - Barry Howard Report this