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Dave Chadwick

Record type: Motorsport Biographies

Biography: Mounts: Junior – Norton
Senior – Norton

Age 25, Dave Chadwick is a diesel engine fitter from Northenden, Manchester, who seems to be equally at home in trials, scrambles and road races.

He competed in the 1953 Junior Manx, retiring after three laps, but did much better in the 1954 Senior Clubman’s event, in which he finished seventh. At Scarborough he won the 250 c.c. class and set up a new lap record at 58.39 m.p.h., while at Altcar he won both 250 c.c. and 500 c.c. events and was second in the 350 c.c. class. Later in the season he was 250 c.c. “Cheshire Championship” winner at Oulton Park.

Dave was second in the 1954 Junior Manx, then turned to the T.T. in 1955, in which he was sponsored by Reg Dearden. He was awarded silver replicas for fifth place in the Lightweight race, and 25th in the Senior, and later in the season came back to the Island to win the 250 c.c. class of the “Southern 100.”

In last year’s Island races he showed considerable improvement finishing 13th on a Norton in the Junior, 23rd on the same make in the Senior and 5th on the L.E.F. (incidentally the first British machine and rider placing) in the Ultra-Lightweight event. But a troublesome clutch on his M.V. spoilt his ride in the 250 c.c. event and he retired on his sixth “tour”.

A keen clubman, Dave says that he enjoys building and experimenting with motor cycle engines, and takes a great interest in the social side of club life.
(TT Special, 5 June 1957, p.6.)

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Competed in

RacePositionTimeSpeedMachine
1959 Ultra Lightweight TTRMV
1959 Lightweight TT31:26:52.4074.52MV
1959 Junior TT62:51:17.6092.51Norton
1959 Formula 1 350 TT41:13:28.2092.46Norton
1958 Ultra Lightweight TT31:30:27.8071.56Ducati
1958 Senior TT52:47:15.4094.74Norton
1958 Lightweight TTRMV
1958 Junior TT22:52:50.6091.68Norton
1957 Ultra Lightweight TTRMV
1957 Senior TTRNorton
1957 Lightweight TT61:32:28.0070.02MV
1957 Junior TTRVelocette
1956 Ultra Lightweight TT51:36:42.8060.25LEF
1956 Senior TT233:02:22.6086.9Norton
1956 Lightweight TTRMV
1956 Junior TT133:11:46.0082.64Norton
1955 Senior TT253:01:28.8087.33Norton
1955 Lightweight TT51:30:45.6064.2RD spl
1955 Junior TTRNorton
1954 Senior MGPR0Norton
1954 Junior MGP22:39:27.0085.19Norton
1954 Clubman Senior TT71:48:51.4083.2Norton
1953 Junior MGPR0Velocette

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