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Ben Drinkwater

Record type: Motorsport Biographies

Biography: Mounts: Junior – Norton
Lightweight – Excelsior

Aged 35. Is managing director of a firm of Motor Engineers in Rochdale. During the war was a Railway Signalman and a Sergeant in the Home Guard, in charge of the D.R. Section – which probably suited him nicely.

One of the many T.T. graduates from the M.G.P., Drinkwater rode in the Manx in 1937 and 1938, finishing sixth in the latter year, and in last year’s M.G.P. Lightweight he came very near to winning. On the first, second, third and fourth laps he was at the top of the leader board, but on the fifth lap he was overhauled by Parsons, the winner, who beat him by the narrow margin of 27.4 4/5th seconds.

His Junior and Lightweight machines are privately entered.
(TT Special, 9 June 1947, p.11.)

Sadly died competing in the 1949 Junior TT.


Competed in

1949 Junior TTRNorton
1948 Lightweight TT43:57:56.2066.6Guzzi
1948 Junior TTRAJS
1947 Lightweight TT33:45:57.0070.13Excelsior
1947 Junior TTRNorton
1946 Senior MGP163:31:07.00Norton
1946 Lightweight MGP23:29:07.0064.96Excelsior
1938 Lightweight MGP63:26:01.0065.94Excelsior
1937 Lightweight MGPRExcelsior


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