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Tony Godfrey

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Biography: Age 27, Tony Godfrey is an aeronautical design draughtsman from Bitterne, Southampton, and made his first appearance on the Island in the 1950 Manx, riding a 1948 Mk. VIII Velocette in both races.
Sharing a mount with Derek Powell, Tony was second in the 350 c.c. class of the 1956 Thruxton Nine-hours race, and at the same venue he was second in the Junior Non-experts' class at the Easter meeting. Other meetings at which he has done well include Blandford, lbsley, Brand's Hatch, Mallory Park, Castle Combe, Thruxton, Snetterton and Aberdare.
He was 26th in the 1956 Junior Manx, but retired on his first lap in the Senior. In 1957 he was 14th in the Senior on his Norton and won a Replica.
In 1958 he won races at Aberdare and Blandford, and was also winner of the 500 c.c. A.C.U. Gold Star; his luck was out in the Island, however, for he retired in both Junior and Senior Manx Races. In 1959, riding an A.J.S. he was fifth in the Junior Manx, less than two minutes behind the winner, Peter Middleton.
Turning to the T.T. last year, he was 39th in the Junior at 84.62 m.p.h. (Bronze Replica) and seventh in the Senior at 96.52 with, of course, a Silver. After the T.T. he scored first, second and third places at Thruxton, Aberdare, Snetterton. etc., and last February on his Matchless, he won the "over" 250 c.c. class of the Grand Prix of the United States at Daytona. Last month he won both 350 and 500 c.c. races at Aberdare Park. (TT Special, 12 June 1961, p. 26)

Competed in

RacePositionTimeSpeedMachine
1972 Ultra Lightweight TTRBultaco
1972 Formula 750 TTRNorton
1971 Senior TTRNorton
1971 Junior TT142:14:15.0084.32Metisse
1969 Senior TTRSeeley
1969 Production 500 TTRNorton
1968 Senior TT122:24:31.8093.99Norton
1968 Production 750 TT61:19:03.2085.92Dunstall
1968 Lightweight TTRKawasaki
1967 Production 750 TT61:17:22.0087.79Triumph
1967 Lightweight TTRStarmaker
1967 Junior TTRNorton
1964 Senior TTRNorton
1964 Junior TT432:48:04.2080.83Norton
1963 Lightweight TTRYamaha
1962 Senior TTRNorton
1962 Junior TTRNorton
1961 Ultra Lightweight TT71:21:50.4082.99EMC
1961 Senior TT62:20:18.0096.82Norton
1961 Junior TT242:33:38.2088.42Norton
1960 Senior TT72:20:44.2096.52Norton
1960 Junior TT392:40:32.4084.62Norton
1959 Senior MGPRMatchless
1959 Junior MGP52:35:00.0087.64AJS
1958 Senior MGPRNorton
1958 Junior MGPRVelocette
1957 Senior MGP142:41:14.0084.25Norton
1957 Junior MGPRVelocette
1956 Senior MGPRVelocette
1956 Junior MGP262:48:25.0080.66Velocette

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I would like to get in touch with tony as I might have his Manx from the 61 race I purchased it from Dennis fry he claims tony rode it in 61 I would appreciate any information the bike is in Sydney aus thank you - Hugh Report this