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Eric Hardy

Record type: Motorsport Biographies

Biography: Junior - Norton
125cc - Dot
Senior - Norton

Age 35, Eric Hardy describes himself as a “freelance” and comes from Water Orton, near Birmingham. He had numerous grass track successes before the war and rode in the 1947 “Manx” finishing “a little late” owing to clutch trouble. In 1948, he finished 33rd in the Junior TT on a Norton but retired on the fifth lap of the Senior. In 1949 he rode Nortons in both Junior and Senior TT races and gained second-class replicas in both, finishing 66th in the Junior at 71.16 mph and 29th in the Senior at 75.50 mph.

In the 1950 Junior TT he was forced to retire after competing two laps, but in the Senior, riding a Norton again, he was 37th at a speed of 78.48 mph and gained a second-class replica.

Hobbies: Dancing, skating and travelling and is still hoping to visit New Zealand “when his boat comes home”.
(TT Special, 4 June 1951, p.13.)

Mounts: Junior – Norton
Senior – Norton

Age 34, Eric Hardy describes himself as a “free lance” and comes from Water Orton, near Birmingham. He had numerous grass track successes before the war and rode in the 1947 “Manx,” finishing “a little late” owing to clutch trouble.

In 1948, he finished 33rd in the Junior T.T. on a Norton but retired on the fifth lap of the Senior. Last year, he rode Nortons in both Junior and Senior T.T. races and gained second-class replicas in both, finishing 66th in the Junior at 71.16 m.p.h., and 29th in the Senior at 75.50 m.p.h.

Hobbies: Dancing, skating and travelling; and is still hoping to visit New Zealand “when his boat comes home.”

He is entered for both races by Cabby Cooper, of Eleanor Motors, and he states that his machines are standard models, “but breathed on by a well-known genius of works fame.”
(TT Special, 5 June 1950, p.21.)

Competed in

RacePositionTimeSpeedMachine
1953 Senior TT283:18:10.0079.97AJS
1953 Lightweight TT142:10:19.0069.49Rudge
1953 Junior TT363:20:11.0079.17AJS
1952 Ultra Lightweight TT101:59:03.0057.08DOT
1952 Senior TT383:29:29.0075.65AJS
1952 Junior TT453:28:08.0076.14AJS
1951 Ultra Lightweight TT71:18:16.2057.86DOT
1951 Senior TTRNorton
1951 Junior TTRNorton
1950 Senior TT373:21:55.4078.48Norton
1950 Junior TTRNorton
1949 Senior TT293:29:55.0075.5Norton
1949 Junior TT663:42:42.2071.16Norton
1948 Senior TTRNorton
1948 Junior TT333:47:41.6069.6Norton
1947 Senior MGP463:36:05.0062.87Norton

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