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Newspaper cutting headed 'Second T.T.Death. Grief of rider's brother'

Date(s): 1934

Creator(s): unknown

Scope & Content: The article is attributed to 'Our Special Correspondent. Douglas (Isle of Man) Wednesday' and was possibly published in an issue of the Daily Mail in September 1935.

Part of the article reports on the effect of the death of Pirie on his surviving brother John and reads, 'John Pirie, the 17-years-old brother of Douglas J. Pirie, the architect and racing motor-cyclist who died (as reported on page 9) after crashing in the Auto-Cycle Union's Lightweight T.T. race in the Isle of Man this morning, was verging on collapse when I saw him this afternoon at his hotel while police officers were waiting for him formally to identify the body.

'John had taken his stand at Ramsey to see his brother negotiate the dangerous road leading into the township. He said :-

"I saw Douglas come up. I telephoned the O.K. of his speed to his pit by the grandstand at Douglas and the fact that he was crawling up to the leaders.

"Within a few minutes my brother's friend Harold Miller, who was in the pit, telephoned to say Douglas had crashed. A second message said the crash was serious.

"I do not know what to think about it; Douglas was such a great rider, and he had such confidence in himself'.'

Language: English

Extent: 1 item

Item name: newspaper cutting

Collection: Manuscript Archive

Level: ITEM

ID number: MS 15117/3

Record class: Private

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