Classic Car Catalogue

Mannin Beg & Mannin Moar

Mannin Beg & Mannin Moar
12 & 14 July 1933
Douglas, Isle of Man
50 laps of 4.6 mile = 230 miles

Great Britain

Motor SportMay 1933
Motor SportJune 1933

AN excellent entry has been received for both the Mannin Moar and the Mannin Beg Races to be held at Douglas, Isle of Man, on July 12th and 14th. The list was officially closed on May 15th, but in addition to those given below there are several provisional entries which may be taken up later by competitors who were absent at the time at the Avus race in Berlin. Here is the full list:
Mannin Beg Race (July 12th)
Entrant. Driver. Car.
R.M. Mere Entrant M.G. Magnette, 1087 c.c. S.
E.R. Hall Entrant M.G. Magnette, 1087 c.c. S.
W. Sullivan Entrant Sullivan Special Morris Minor 732 c.c. S.
D.K. Mansell Entrant M.G. Midget 746 c.c. S
R. Mays Entrant Riley, 1486 c.c.
H.W. Cook Entrant Riley, 1486 c.c.
C.M. Needham - Frazer Nash Special Six
F.W. Dixon Entrant Riley, 1089 c.c.
T.G. Moore Entrant Frazer Nash, 1496 c.c.
Earl Howe Entrant M.G. Magnette, 1087 c.c. S.
V. Gillow Entrant Riley, 1089c.c.
J.L. Ford Entrant M.G. Midget 745 c.c. S
R.A. Yallop Entrant M.G. Magnette, 1087 c.c. S.
Bernard Rubin Sir Henry Birkin M.G. Magnette, 1087 c.c. S.
G.E.T. Eyston Entrant M.G. Magnette, 1087 c.c. S.
H.C. Hamilton Entrant M.G. Midget 746 c.c. S
S.A. Crabtree - M.G. Midget
J. Nervo - Salmson, 1087 c.c.S.
Mannin Moar Race (July 14th)
Entrant. Driver. Car.
A.C. Lace Entrant Invicta, 4467 cc.
Whitney Straight Entrant Maserati, 2514 c.c. S.
R.O. Shuttleworth Entrant Bugatti, 2300 c.c. S.
R. Mays Entrant Riley, 1486 c.c. S.
T.S. Fothringham Entrant Bugatti, 2263 c.c. S.
N. Rees a A.W. Fox Hon. Brian Lewis Alfa Romeo 2336 c.c. S.
Bernard Rubin Sir Henry Birkin Alfa Romeo 2336 c.c. S.
C.M. Needham - Frazer Sash Special Six, S.
W.E. Harker Entrant Harker Special, 1490 c.c. S.
T.E. Rose-Richards Entrant Bugatti, 2263 c.c. S.
T.A.S.O. Mathieson Entrant Bugatti, 1998 c.c. S.
G.E.T. Eyston Entrant Alfa Romeo, 2336 c.c.S.
A.H.L. Eccles Entrant Bugatti, 2263 c.c. S.
The Mannin Beg Race.
The Magnettes will be strongly favoured for the Mannin Beg race by reason of their good acceleration. The winding course through Douglas should make easy and quick gear-changing a sine qua non, and the Wilson box fitted to the Magnettes has already proved its worth in this direction in the Mille Miglia. The cars to be driven by Earl Howe, Sir H. Birkin and G. E. T. Eyston will be the actual machines which took part in the Italian race, and the possible winner of the race is to be found among these three. On the other hand there are several likely "outsiders." E. R. Hall, also on a Magnette, stands a very good chance of success, an event which would be tremendously popular among followers of the sport. Robin Mere, another Magnette driver, will be making his first appearance in a big race, but his brief run at Donington Park recently was an indication that he may be depended upon to put up a really good show. The 6 cylinder Rileys to be handled by Raymond Mays and Humphrey Cook will no doubt maintain the Riley reputation for reliability, but will probably be unable to hold the Magnettes on acceleration. Moore's Frazer Nash is a "veteran" with two T.T.'s and a Double Twelve to its credit, while an unusual entry is the Frazer Nash Special Six entered by C. M. Needham. The possibility of the construction of this car was exclusively mentioned in MOTOR SPORT two months ago, and its performance will be watched with interest. The engine is a twin o.h.c. Blackburn. A car to be watched will be the Midget driven by H. C. Hamilton, who is probably the finest Midget driver on a road course to-day. Finally, the field will be made up by the spectacular Freddie Dixon and Victor Gillow, both on Riley Nines, Sullivan's Special Morris Minor, Crabtree's, Mansell's and Ford's Midgets, and Jimmy Nervo on a supercharged Salmson.
Prospects of the Mannin Moar.
The issue of the Mannin Moar race is an open one. The Alfa Romeos will be favourites, with Sir Henry Birkin as the possible winner, backed up by George Eyston and the Hon. Brian Lewis. They will be closely pressed, however, by Whitney Straight's Maserati. This car has now been fitted with a Wilson gear-box, which should add still more to its already terrific acceleration. Straight's cornering prowess is well known, and he can be relied upon to set a terrific pace. If his car lasts through the race he may very well prove to be the winner—especially if his rivals do not keep within striking reach of him in the early part of the race. Rose Richard's Bugatti, too, will seriously menace the Alfas, being the latest type of twin camshaft "2.3." Mathieson, Eccles and Shuttleworth, also on Bugattis, are familiar to Brooklands habitues, and Fothringham's "2.3." was seen for a short time in the International Trophy Race. Harker, on the 1½ litre Special described elsewhere in this issue, will be handicapped by a small engine, as will Raymond Mays, on a "blown" 6 cylinder Riley, and Needham with the Special Six Frazer Nash, also supercharged for the race.
Trophies and Prize Money.
The work in preparing the course for the Races is well forward, and the Surveyor of Douglas has reported to the R.A.C. that the surface will bear comparison with the surface of the Ards Circuit, Belfast, last year. 50 laps of the 5 mile course will have to be covered, making 250 miles in all.
The Douglas Race Committee has arranged for the erection of three covered grandstands, one at the Villa Marina, facing the start and finish of the Races, and one at either end of the Promenade.
A relief map of the Course of a scale of 25ins. to the mile has been prepared by the R.A.C. and will be on view in prominent windows in London and the Provinces prior to the Races.
The two principal trophies for the races will be presented by Lord Wakefield and the M.G. Car Company. In addition to these trophies there will be cash prizes amounting to £500 for each race, and special prizes for fastest laps, unsupercharged cars, and team entries.
Attracting Motorists to the Isle of Man.
The way in which a resort looks through visitors' eyes is a novel idea in holiday literature. This note has been struck in the new edition of the Isle of Man Official Guide by presenting a number of visitors' shapshots entered in a competition run last year. The result is an interesting collection of new viewpoints. So great was the success attending last year's competition that the prize money has been increased to £200 this year.
Efforts are to be made this summer to attract more motorists. There have been difficulties in the past owing to tidal conditions at Douglas, but these will shortly be overcome by a specially designed crane, capable of lifting 3½ tons, which is being provided by the Isle of Man Harbour Commissioners. Cars will now be run aboard at Liverpool, and unloaded at any state of the tide at Douglas, and with the ever increasing road mileage on the island, and the opening up of hitherto inaccessible mountain and glen scenery, it is hoped to induce motorists in greater numbers than ever, to bring their cars with them.
A copy of the new Guide will be sent on application to the Secretary, Publicity Department, Douglas, and it will be found to contain much useful information. There is an excellent map of the whole island, innumerable photographs of the lovely scenery, descriptions of the well-known beauty spots, and a full list of hotels and holiday accommodation.
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Manin Beg entries and results:
No. Driver: Car: Model: Engine:   Entrant: Result: Laps: Time:
  R. M. Mere M.G. Magnette 1,087 c.c. (s) R. M. Mere fail.    
  E.R. Hall M.G. Magnette 1,087 c.c. (s) E.R. Hall acc.    
  W. Sullivan Sullivan Morris Minor Special 732 c.c. (s) W. Sullivan fail.    
  D.K. Mansell M.G. Midget 746 c.c. (s) D.K. Mansell 2nd 50 4:28:30
  R. Mays Riley   1486 c.c.   R. Mays dns    
  H.W. Cook Riley   1486 c.c.   H.W. Cook dns    
  C.M. Needham Frazer Nash Special Six       dns    
7 F.W. Dixon Riley   1089 c.c.   F.W. Dixon 1st 50 4:13:35
9 T.G. Moore Frazer Nash   1496 c.c.   T.G. Moore fail.    
  Earl Howe M.G. Magnette 1,087 c.c. (s) Earl Howe dns    
  V. Gillow Riley   1089c.c.   V. Gillow fail.    
12 J.L. Ford M.G. Midget 746 c.c.   J.L. Ford 3rd 49 4:34:09
  R.A. Yallop M.G. Magnette 1,087 c.c. (s) R.A. Yallop fail. 32  
  Bernard Rubin M.G. Magnette 1,087 c.c. (s) Sir Henry Birkin dns    
  G.E.T. Eyston M.G. Magnette 1,087 c.c. (s) G.E.T. Eyston fail.    
19 H.C. Hamilton M.G. Midget 746 c.c.   H.C. Hamilton fail. 40  
  S.A. Crabtree M.G. Midget       acc.    
  J. Nervo Salmson   1,087 c.c. (s) Bartlet dns    
18 Kaye Don M.G. Magnette 1,087 c.c. (s)   fail.    
  E. L. Gardner M.G. Midget 746 c.c. (s)   fail.    
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Manin Moar entries and results:
No. Driver: Car: Model: Engine:   Entrant: Result: Laps: Time:
1 Bob Lace Invicta 4467 cc S-6 A. C. Lace acc 37  
2 Whitney Straight Maserati 26M 2514 cc S-8 W. Straight dna    
3 Charles Brackenbury Bugatti T51 2263 cc S-8 R. O. Shuttleworth acc 35  
4 Raymond Mays Riley 1500/6 1486 cc S-6 R. Mays dna    
5 Thomas Fothringham Bugatti T35B 2263 cc S-8 T. Fothringham fail. 10  
6 Brian Lewis Alfa Romeo Monza 2336 cc S-8 N. Rees & A. W. Fox 1st 50 3h34m52s
7 Charles Needham Frazer Nash Special 6 C. Needham dna    
8 Edmund Harker Harker Special 1490 cc W. E. Harker dna    
9 Tim Rose-Richards Bugatti T51 2263 cc S-8 T. E. Rose-Richards 2nd 50 3h36m57s
10 T.A.S.O. Mathieson Bugatti T35C 1998 cc S-8 T. Mathieson acc 42  
11 George Eyston Alfa Romeo Monza 2336 cc S-8 G. Eyston 3rd 50 3h38m57s
12 Lindsay Eccles Bugatti T51 2263 cc S-8 A. H. L Eccles acc 04  
14 Kaye Don Alfa Romeo 8C-2300 2.3 S-8 K. Don 4th 50 3h57m04s
15 Walter Handley Alfa Romeo Monza 2336 cc S-8 W. Handley dna    
16 Bernard Rubin Alfa Romeo Monza 2336 cc S-8 B. Rubin dna    
Motor SportAugust 1933

ONCE more in 1933 the Isle of Man has resounded with the sound of racing car exhausts, not, alas, over the famous T.T. course but this time round a circuit through the streets of Douglas. The Manx people had for some time been trying to get the R.A.C. to organise a race on the Island, and when the suggestion of organising a race on the lines of the Monaco Grand Prix was put forward, the Club agreed to organise the event. Two races, the Mannin Moar for large cars and the Mannin Beg for small ones, were decided upon. Each race consisted of 50 laps of a 4.6 mile circuit.
The course begins on the Promenade, almost at sea-level, and after a right and a left turn rises slightly to the Government Buildings hair-pin. A steeper ascent leads up through the town, with a fast section ending in Woodburne corner. A series of right angle turns lead the cars round the bottom of the Playing Fields to Victoria Road. This sweeps up to Governor's Bridge, but the course crosses the dip by a by-pass road instead of rounding the sharp bend which the motor cycles have to negotiate in the T.T. races. A level road leads to Onchan, where there is a sharp hair-pin, then a downhill section followed by the 1 in 8 descent to the Promenade. This is the fastest part of the course, and runs for three quarters of a mile to the start. Though level, it has several bends and the tramlines and rough surface made it unpleasant for the smaller cars.
The drivers quickly got used to the new course, and on the first day Rose Richards (Bugatti) made the fastest Large Car or "Moar" lap in 4m. 27s. or 63.02 m.p.h. while in the smaller class Dixon (Riley) got round in 4m. 42s. Eyston on the second day brought down the record to 4m. 21s. and Lewis on the final morning reached 64.43 m.p.h. or 4m. 17s. Dixon improved to 4m. 36s. or 60 m.p.h. Fothringham had a spectacular smash on the first morning when he ran into a wall near Woodbourne Corner and bent the front of his Bugatti, escaping with a cut chin, and Eccles, also on a Bugatti, broke a connecting rod.
R. M. Mere, M.G. Magnette (S), 1,087 c.c.
E. R. Hall, M.G. Magnette (S), 1,087 c.c.
W. Sullivan (Morris Minor, Sullivan Special)
(S), 732 c.c.
D. K. Mansell, M.G. Midget (S), 746 c.c.
F. W. Dixon, Riley, 1,089 c.c.
T. G. Moore, Frazer Nash, 1,496 c.c.
V. Gillow, Riley, 1,086 c.c.
J. L. Ford, M.G. (S), 746 c.c.
R. H. Yallop, M.G. Magnette (S), 1,087 c.c.
G. E. T. Eyston, M.G. Magnette (S), 1,086 c.c.
H. C. Hamilton, M.G. Magnette (S), 1,086 c.c.
Kaye Don, M.G. Magnette (S), 1,086 c.c.
S. A. Crabtree, M.G. Midget (S), 746 c.c.
E. L. Gardner, M.G. Midget (5), 746 c.c.
Manning Beg Race.
The Mannin Beg was for cars unsupercharged up to 1,500 c.c. and supercharged up to 1,100 c.c. Fourteen cars appeared on the starting line, the missing ones being two 1,500 c.c. Rileys, a six-cylinder Frazer Nash which appeared once in practise but had not been prepared in time, and Bartlett's Salmson, which also practised but did not run.
Changeable and showery weather, which had made carburettor running so difficult during the period of practise, was prophesied for the Mannin Beg Race. Rain actually fell in the early morning but the course was almost dry by 9 o'clock. The stands were not well patronised, but crowds of people were round the course and in the windows of the hotels on the Promenade.
Men were at work painting the starting positions for the massed starts, which were determined by the lap speeds put up in practise. The cars were to be ranged alternately in rows of four and three, with Dixon, Hamilton, Mere and Eyston in the first rank.
The air which had been full of the roaring of engines stilled at nine o'clock, when the cars were wheeled to the line. Quarter of an hour later it broke out again as the drivers gave their cars a final warming. The rasping sound of the Magnette exhausts made it impossible to hear announcements, but the final minutes were shown by holding up numbered boards. At last Ebby raised his flag, the Manx "Three Legs" on a red ground, and ten seconds later the roaring screaming mob was off.
Terrific acceleration and a swerve and Kaye Don, shooting out of the second rank took the lead, followed by Hamilton and Crabtree. Dixon was close behind. After a slight "traffic block" at Church Corner, all the cars sorted themselves out without incident, and passing and repassing as they roared through the narrow streets of Douglas at length reached Governor's Bridge. Here Gillow was seen inspecting the plugs of his Riley.
Meanwhile Kaye Don had reached the Promenade and the order remained the same, but Dixon had closed up on Crabtree. E. R. Hall (Magnette) came into his pit to change a plug and set off again at great speed. Hamilton, who last lap was close behind Don passed him during the third round and Dixon and Eyston had dosed up on Crabtree.
The early stages of the race were marked by a duel between Kaye Don and H. C. Hamilton,
both on Magnettes.
The first accident of the race occurred at Church Road, where E. R. Hall skidded into the kerb and broke his front axle. A front tyre apparently deflated after a cut on the tramlines, and the driver was unable to "make" the corner.
The cars soon began to string out, and their numbers were lessened by the retirement of Gillow (Riley), whose car was disabled by the collar pulling off one of its valves. The Frazer Nash driven by T. G. Moore made an unpleasant sound turning into Church Road, and stopped in Finch Road with a run big-end. Ford was reported to have buckled a front wheel.
The order remained unaltered for the next few laps, but Eyston disappeared from the leader board. It was later announced that he had retired with a sheared camshaft drive. Mere made frequent visits to the pits to change plugs.
Order after 10 laps.
H. C. Hamilton, M.G. Magnette, 58.02 m.p.h.
Kay Don, M.G. Magnette, 57.7 m.p.h.
S. A. Crabtree, M.G. Midget, 57.56 m.p.h.
P. W. Dixon, Riley, 57.54 m.p.h.
R. H. Yallop, M.G. Magnette, 56.3 m.p.h.
E. L. Gardner, M.G. Midget, 53.39 m.p.h.
Hamilton was drawing steadily ahead and his car seemed immensely fast, streaking along the Promenade. As will be seen, Dixon at this time was right on Crabtree's tail, but he soon began to drop behind. It seemed as though his furious driving during the practises had been too much for his car. He was announced as stopped, making adjustments.
Hamilton seemed to have the race well in hand, lapping at about 4m. 42s. or 59 m.p.h. Crabtree, who had been driving brilliantly, was having trouble with his brakes and crashed at Onchan Hairpin, damaging the front axle. He drove in slowly and was cheered by the sympathetic crowd.
T. G. Moore (Frazer Nash) rounding Greensill's Corner.
Order after 20 laps.
H. C. Hamilton, M.G. Magnette, 58.10 m.p.h.
Kaye Don, M.G. Magnette, 57.8 m.p.h.
R. A. Yallop, M.G. Magnette, 56.78 m.p.h.
J. L. Ford, M.G. Midget, 52.82 m.p.h.
E. L. Gardner, M.G. Midget, 52.62 m.p.h.
D. K. Mansell, M.G. Midget, 52.01 m.p.h.
Dixon seemed right out of the running, but after a call at the pits when the gearbox was re-filled, he started to lap with his accustomed verve. For the last few laps he had only been able to use third and top gears, a tremendous handicap on the twisty course, but when the gear-box cooled, bottom "came back." Two more retirements were reported, Mere (back axle) Sullivan (supercharger drive) and then Gardner with two big-ends gone. Kaye Don had always kept close on Hamilton's tail, but suddenly ceased to appear. Yet another retirement, this time fractured supercharger drive.
Half distance and only five runners out of a field of 16. Britain's first Round the Town Race was finding the weak spots.
Order after 30 laps.
H. C. Hamilton, M.G. Magnette, 57.84 m.p.h.
R. A. Yallop, M.G. Magnette, 56.82 m.p.h.
F. W. Dixon, Riley, 53.8 m.p.h,
J. L. Ford, M.G. Midget, 51.61 m.p.h.
G. K. Mansell, M.G. Midget, 51.35 m.p.h.
From shadow into sunshine. Kaye Don (Magnette) at Government House.
Yallop, who had made a promising debut in the Manx Races with his fast and steady driving, went out on the 32nd lap with back axle trouble. Hamilton alone of the Magnette drivers continued, with such a substantial lead over Dixon that he was flagged down every lap. Even so the power of the engine was too much for the transmission and at 12.33 a report from Governor's Bridge announced his retirement with usual complaint of back axle trouble. Apparently the Magnette engines, running on alcohol fuel, were developing over 100 horse power, and the constant reversal of load which occurred on the many corners of the Manx course revealed weaknesses which the International Trophy at Brooklands did not disclose.
At 40 laps therefore only three cars were running, Dixon's Riley and the M.G.'s driven by Dennis Mansell and Ford and Baumer. Mansell had made up his mind before the race to hold a steady speed well within the powers of his car and his tactics succeeded even better than he dared to hope. Ford, driving the car which did so well at Le Mans, was holding a fast and steady course.
The only interest in the last few laps was whether Ford would finish within 15 minutes of the winner's time. Dixon crossed the line at 1.45, a comfortable winner, and Mansell only had two laps to complete. Just when it seemed Ford could pull it off, a message from Governor's Bridge announced that he was held up with ignition trouble, but further inspection showed that the switch leads had come
The winner of the Mannin Beg Race,
F. W. Dixon (Riley) speeding along the Promenade.
off the terminals at the back of the switch board. After losing 5 minutes he got going again, called at the pits for a lightning change of plugs and was off.
This delay took away any chance of finishing in time, and the green flag signifying the end of the race, was shown before he could start his final lap. This good effort did not go unrewarded, for it was decided that the third prize should be awarded even though the full distance had not been covered. As will be seen, fourth place in the Mannin Moar race was filled in the same way, as Kaye Don was also unable to finish the 50 laps.
Dixon's victory was a very popular one. Dogged throughout with gear-box trouble, his cornering and speed on the straight were a joy to see. When first gear started operating again his speed crept steadily up, and his pit staff waved frantically the last few rounds to slow him down.
1. F. W. Dixon, Riley, 1,087 c.c., 54.41 m.p.h., 4h. 13m. 35s.
2. D. K. Mansell, M.G. Midget (S), 746 c.c., 51.4 m.p.h., 4h. 28m. 30s.
3. J. L. Ford, M.G. Midget (S), 746 c.c., 49.33 m.p.h., 4h. 34m. 9s., 49 laps.
After the rather tame finish of Wednesday's race, and especially when there were only nine starters as against fourteen in the Beg, there was some fear that the Mannin Moar might end in the same way. Happily the larger cars, developed by constant participation in Continental races as severe as those held in the Isle of Man, showed less signs of wilting and the three leaders, the Hon. Brian Lewis, Rose-Richards and Eyston were running at the end of the 230 miles.
For the first few laps Eyston led the field, with Brian Lewis second.
They are here seen in that order on the Promenade.
Brian Lewis and George Eyston drove the latest type of 2.3 two seater Alfas, belonging respectively to Noel Rees and Bernard Rubin. The latter car was the one which the late Sir Henry Birkin was to drive. Kaye Don's car was a four seater which Borzacchini drove into second place in the Ulster T.T. of 1931.
Of the 2.3 Bugattis Rose Richards was the latest two-camshaft model, Shuttleworth's the one which Chiron drove at Monte Carlo last year, while Eccles' car was the very fast machine once owned by W. Y. Craig. Mathieson's 2 litre is frequently raced at Brooklands.
Lace's car, which of course was unsupercharged, was the only English car in the race. During practise its silence and fast cornering made a very favourable impression on all who saw it.
Non-starters were Whitney Straight (Maserati) who received a burn on the foot while racing in France, Raymond Mays (1,500 c.c. Riley s/c), the Harker Special, and W. L. Handley who had been unable to get his Alfa through from Italy.
Brian Lewis right on the (w)heels of Geroge Eyston, as the two Alfa's turn into
Finch Road.
Once again the organisers were fortunate with their weather, and the cars lined up on a dull but fine morning. Brian Lewis, Brackenbury who was taking the first spell on Shuttleworth's Bugatti, Rose-Richards and Eyston were in the first line, behind them Fothringham. Mathieson and Eccles, and finally Kaye Don and Lace.
Five minutes to go, said the board, then four, three, two, one—and down went the red and yellow flag. The cars got away with much less noise than on Wednesday, with Brackenbury in the lead, and in a few seconds they are struggling round Church corner and thundering up Finch Road. The roar of the Alfas and the higher pitched note of the Bugattis could be heard as the cars reached the various corners on the top part of the course, and when they appeared again Eyston was in the lead, closely followed by Lewis, Rose-Richards and Brackenbury, so making three overhaulings in the first lap! Eccles, Fothringham and Don were a little behind, with Mathieson and Lace further back.
On the second lap the order remained the same, Eyston's lap speed increasing from 60.21 to 62.97 m.p.h. Eccles came into the pits, and started working on the car, which was said to have gearbox trouble.
Lewis was chasing Eyston and was just a second behind and Rose-Richards put in a lap at 63.94, the fastest so far. On the sixth lap the red Alfa took the lead, and put up a record lap of 64.68 m.p.h.
The three leaders were all very steady on the corners, maintaining their speed by tremendous acceleration on the straight stretches. Brackenbury was keeping up well but needed all his cornering ability to do so, while Kaye Don on the four-seater Alfa was holding his own well with the Grand Prix cars. Eccles got going again and was driving furiously, but soon came to grief, crashing at the Playing Fields and breaking a front spring. Fothringham stopped at the pits with an oil leak and continued. Soon smoke was seen coming from the bonnet, and he retired at Church Road with a broken connecting rod.
Charles Brackenbury (Bugatti) leads the field into Church Road on the first lap.
Order after 10 laps.
Hon. Brian Lewis, Alfa Romeo, 63.47 m.p.h.
T. H. Rose Richards, Bugatti, 63.27 m.p.h.
C. E. T. Eyston, Alfa Romeo, 63.19 m.p.h.
C. Brackenbury, Bugatti, 61.77 m.p.h.
Kaye Don, Alfa Romeo, 58.16 m.p.h.
T. Fothringham, Bugatti, 56.69 m.p.h.
Rose-Richards had passed Eyston on the ninth lap near Government Buildings and was only 6 seconds behind Lewis, while Eyston was about 300 yards behind the Bugatti. Brackenbury hit a kerb at St. Ninions, without doing any damage and was cornering in the most spirited manner. Mathieson had visited the pits on several occasions and had dropped considerably behind, and Lace whose Invicta had been travelling silently and well was lying sixth at 15 laps. Meanwhile, Lewis, Rose-Richards and Brackenbury were all increasing their speed and lapped at 4 mins. 14 secs. or 65.19 m.p.h., but Brackenbury was about half a lap behind the first group.
This speed is more than 5 m.p.h. faster than the Monte Carlo lap record, but of course the Manx course allows a speed of about 115 m.p.h. along the Promenade.
Order after 20 laps.
Hon. Brian Lewis Alfa Romeo, 64.10 m.p.h.
T. E. Rose Richards, Bugatti, 63.92 m.p.h.
G. E. T. Eyston, Alfa Romeo, 63.43 m.p.h.
C. Brackenbury, Bugatti, 61.45 m.p.h.
Kaye Don, Alfa Romeo, 58.55 m.p.h.
A. C. Lace Invicta, 56,61 m.p.h.
All the cars had to refuel once during the race, and Rose-Richards was the first to come in. Under Kensington Moir's experienced care this took only 37 seconds, one of the neatest pit-stops we have seen. Eyston came next and fuel slopped in all directions, but anyhow there was not much need to economise when the Alfas were only doing one lap per gallon.
Woodbourne Corner, the fastest on the course.
The competiotors are Eyston (Alfa Romeo) and Matchieson (Bugatti).
Eyston took 40 seconds. Brackenbury then came in to hand over to Shuttleworth and in accordance with the best traditions the back of the car was sprayed with fire extinguisher powder. Unfortunately the pit attendant was a little too enthusiastic in his attention and put most of the second shot into Shuttleworth's face, whereupon the latter had something very emphatic to say. He drove off with considerable frenzy, but later was seen smiling broadly, cornering even more vigorously than his colleague.
Brian Lewis took on 20 gallons of fuel in 30 seconds, the fastest so far, under the watchful eye of Arthur Fox, while Lace took his time, not even having a petrol funnel.
The leader before his pit stop had been increasing his speed, with a record lap of 65.45 m.p.h., and Rose-Richards had fallen back nearly a minute. He was given the "faster" signal, and replied with a lap of 64.98 m.p.h., and after several more fast laps was once more within 10 seconds of the leader. Eyston's car seemed to judder before the corners with either brakes or shock absorbers out of adjustment. He was over a minute behind Lewis. The brakes on the Invicta also seemed out of adjustment, the near side back wheel locking.
Rose-Richards was pushing the Bugatti considerably and was only five seconds behind at the 32nd lap. Lewis drew ahead slightly with a lap of 4 minutes 10 seconds or an average of 66.24 m.p.h., a triumph for car and driver.
Then occurred an accident which might have had very unpleasant consequences. Shuttleworth was coming along the Promenade at full speed and had almost reached the beginning of the pits when he decided to pull in. The wheels locked and the car skidded sideways with a gtt screaming of tyres, crashed into the pits and demolished five of them. All the pit attendants jumped clear, the only person hurt being Freddy Dixon, who is now definitely of the opinion that "watching motor racing is dangerous." He received a cut on the leg.
Brian Lewis roars up Finch Road and passes A. C. Lace (Invicta).
The Bugatti, driven by Rose-Richards was said to be misfiring, and the driver evidently thought it wise to ease up slightly. Brakes were giving some trouble on the other cars, not surprising at the speed at which the race was being run. Mathieson adjusted his at the pits and Lace was reported to be doing the same near Governor's Bridge.
The big cars were standing up to the pace and there were still six cars running, but on the 38th circuit Lace was reported to have taken the escape road at Onchan and was adjusting his brakes. Coming down Summer Hill they failed altogether and he crashed into a telegraph pole, breaking it off and damaging the front of the car. The driver and mechanic were not hurt and the pole and wires were very quickly cleared off the road.
The leaders continued to lap fast and steadily, but Mathieson came to grief on his 43rd lap. His brakes failed at Greensill's corner, after the finishing straight, and he shot down the escape road. With great presence of mind he turned his car sideways before meeting the rather flimsy barrier, otherwise many people might have been injured. The occupants escaped unhurt but the car was damaged.
Brian Lewis finished the course at 1.5 p.m. after a magnificent no-trouble run, Rose-Richards was half a lap behind, and Eyston the same distance in the rear.
Final Order.
1. Hon. Brian Lewis, 2.3 Alfa Romeo (S), 64.23 m.p.h., 3h. 34m. 52s.
2. T. E. Rose Richards, 2.3 Bugatti (S), 63.61 m.p.h. 3h. 36m. 57s.
3. G. E. T. Eyston, 2.3 Alfa Romeo (S), 63.05 m.p.h., 3h. 38m. 57s.
4. Kaye Don, 2.3 Alfa Romeo (S), 49 laps.

D. K. Mansell (M.G.) follows J. L. Ford, also on a Midget, round the corner into Finch Road in Mannin Beg race.

Taking on 20 gallons of petrol in 30 seconds. Brian Lewis' pit stop in Mannin Moar race, as usual, was the fastest.