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George Costain

Record type: Motorsport Biographies

Biography: Age 29, George Costain will be remembered as the winner of the second half of the Manx 'double', 1954 Senior Manx Grand Prix - for his club mate Ennett had already won the Junior race. A butcher from Castletown, Isle of Man, George first took part in local trials and speed events. He then tried his hand at road racing by entering for the 1953 Manx races; riding a Norton, he was 12th, at 80.66 mph in the Junior MGP, which was quite a promising start to a career!

In the 1954 Junior Manx, George held a steady tenth place right through the race and since he carried an early number (8) he was, in fact, first man to finish the event. Then came the dramatic Senior event; fifth on the opening lap, Costain worked his way up the Leader Board - fourth, then third - and when the last lap began he was in second place, nearly five minutes behind the leader, John Hartle. Then Hartle ran out of petrol and a most surpised Manx man found himself receiving the winner's laurels.

In the 1955 TT his first 'International' meeting, he won two Silver Replicas, being 26th and 21st in the Junior and Senior races respectively. George showed substantial improvement in the following season - especially in the Senior event where he finished 13th at 89.37 mph. His final placing in the Junior was 24th at a speed fractionally higher than 80 mph. Last year he won 'Silvers' in both Junior and Senior races, finishing 16th in the Junior and 17th in the Senior. He is entered for this year's races by Reg Dearden.

(TT Special, Wednesday, June 04, 1958 p6)

Nationality: Manx

Competed in

RacePositionTimeSpeedMachine
1968 Lightweight MGPRAermacchi
1967 Lightweight MGPRAermacchi
1966 Junior MGPRAermacchi
1959 Senior TTRNorton
1959 Junior TT233:00:30.0087.8Norton
1958 Senior TT242:56:52.0089.6Norton
1958 Junior TT273:03:32.4086.35Norton
1957 Senior TT173:24:45.2088.45Norton
1957 Junior TT163:04:28.2085.91Norton
1956 Senior TT132:57:20.2089.37Norton
1956 Junior TT243:17:58.6080.05Norton
1955 Senior TT212:59:08.0088.47Norton
1955 Junior TT263:09:51.8083.47Norton
1954 Senior MGP12:47:49.0080.95Norton
1954 Junior MGP102:44:01.0082.82Norton
1953 Senior MGPRNorton
1953 Junior MGP122:48:24.0080.66Norton

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