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Bob Rowbottom

Record type: Motorsport Biographies

Biography: Age 33, Robert Aldred Rowbottom, an electrician from Messingham, Lincs. is no stranger in the Island, though 1952 saw his first TT ride. In 1950 he ran twelfth in the Senior Clubman's and then the following year in the same event he rode a Matchless into seventh place at 76.88 mph. In the Manx Grand Prix of that year he was 17th in the Senior race.

In 1952 he rode an AJS in both Junior and Senior TT races but had the misfortune to retire in the sixth lap of each. At Scarborough he broke down in the 350 class, but was third (on his 7R) in the International 500 cc Scratch race. The hoodoo still haunted him a year later for he retired in both TT races - the third lap of the Junior and the fifth lap of the Senior, but he conquered fate in 1954 to record two good finishes. He was 28th on an AJS in the Junior TT, winning a Silver Replica and 23rd on a Norton in the Senior. In 1955 he retired in the Junior, but got a 'Bronze' in the Senior, finishing 31st. In 1956 he was entered for the Junior on an AJS and the Senior on a Norton, but was a non-starter in both owing to 'disc trouble'. Last year he was 28th in the Junior (Bronze Replica) and 37th in the Senior.

(TT Special, Friday, June 06, 1958 p24)

Age 25; comes from Scunthorpe, Lincs. Won the Scunthorpe 350 Hill Climb and the Lincs. Grand National Novice Cup in 1948, and the Scunthorpe Grand National Cup in 1950. Machine, 1947 Triumph Tiger 100. Hobby: “One young lady who comes to most of my races”.

Entered by North Lincs. M.C.
(TT Special, 7 June 1950, p.17.)

Competed in

1960 Senior TT242:30:27.8090.28Norton
1960 Junior TT262:35:27.6087.38Norton
1959 Senior TT153:28:18.4076.08Norton
1959 Junior TT323:02:29.6086.84Norton
1958 Senior TT272:57:48.8089.13Norton
1958 Junior TT313:06:37.8084.92Norton
1957 Senior TT373:42:33.4081.38Norton
1957 Junior TT283:08:27.6084.09Norton
1955 Senior TT313:05:30.8085.43Norton
1955 Junior TTRAJS
1954 Senior TT231:56:35.6077.73Norton
1954 Junior TT282:17:06.0082.57AJS
1953 Senior TTRAJS
1953 Junior TTRAJS
1952 Senior TTRAJS
1952 Junior TTRAJS
1951 Senior MGP172:51:48.0079.07Triumph
1951 Clubman Senior TT71:57:48.6076.88Matchless
1950 Clubman Senior TT122:07:42.2070.94Triumph
1948 Clubman Junior TTRAJS


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