Thursday 16 June 2016

1935 MGP - Dr J K Swanston

-SG- Dr Swanston - who died a year or two back at over 100 years old - told the story of his 1935 MGP win in his contribution to the History of the Manx Grand Prix 1923 - 1998.  Co-author Bill Snelling has kindly given permisssion to reproduce Dr Swanston's article and this is attached (below).

It is interesting to note that, despite all the fuss over amateur status which caused the demise of the Amateur TT and the start of the Manx GP, six years earlier, Dr Swanston relates the substantial help he had from the works during his racing activities - and all for the sum of £10 ... almost a case of 'plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose'.

One of Dr Swanston's earlier bikes - I think his rather special 1931 Senior mount - has survived and has been restored.

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