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Wilmot Evans

Record type: Motorsport Biographies

Biography: Mount: Lightweight – A.J.S.

Age 44, managing director of the Ace Garage Limited, Coventry, Wilmot Evans is one of the veterans of the T.T. races, for he first rode in 1926 – in the Senior race on a Triumph.

When asked last year about his principal racing and trial successes, he replied: “Too far back to remember!” He admitted, however, that recently he had won a 250 c.c. class event at Eppynt and taken a replica at Dunholme, adding baldly: “Never finished in any T.T. race, either pre-war or post-war.” Now, he has broken that record, for in last year’s Junior T.T., on an A.J.S., he completed the course at 73.16 m.p.h., finishing 61st and gaining a second class replica. In the Lightweight race of the following Friday, he rode a “home-fabricated” pre-war Triumph, but retired in the third lap.

His machine for the Junior race is a normal 7R A.J.S., but his Lightweight is a special model with, as he says, his “own engine.”
He is entered for both races by the Ace Garage Limited.

This year he won the Lightweight race at Eppynt, riding an A.J.S.-Triumph.

Hobby: “Gun and Dog.”
(TT Special, 5 June 1950, p.19.)

Junior - AJS
Lightweight - AJS

Age 45, Managing Director of the Ace Garage Limited, Coventry. Wilmot Evans is one of the veterans of the TT races, for he first rode in 1926 – in the Senior race on a Triumph.

When asked in 1949 about his principal racing and trial successes, he replied “too far back to remember”. He admitted, however, that recently he had won a 250cc class event at Eppynt and taken a replica at Dunholme, adding boldly “Never finished in any TT race, either pre-war or post-war”. Now, he has broken that record for in the 1949 Junior TT on an AJS, he completed the course at 73.16 mph, finishing 61st and gaining a second class replica. In the Lightweight race of the following Friday, he rode a “home-fabricated” pre-war Triumph, but retired in the third lap.

In 1950, he again won the Lightweight race at Eppynt, riding an AJS-Triumph. He rode an AJS-Special in the 1950 Lightweight TT but was forced to retire after completing three laps. He won both the 250 and 350 classes at Aberdare.

Hobby: “Gun and Dog”.

His machines are 7R AJS’s but the Lightweight model has been completely modified with different flywheels, head, piston, cams etc. the work being carried out by his own firm. He is, of course, entered by the Ace Garage.
(TT Special, 4 June 1951, p.12)

Competed in

RacePositionTimeSpeedMachine
1951 Lightweight TT112:13:46.6067.69AJS
1951 Junior TT413:22:14.4078.43AJS
1950 Lightweight TTRAJS
1949 Lightweight TTRTriumph
1949 Junior TT613:36:37.2073.16AJS
1948 Clubman Junior TTRMatchless
1947 Clubman Junior TTRMatchless

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