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Auto Cycle Union gold medal

Date made: 1912

Maker: unknown

Description: This gold medal (front and reverse shown) was presented to Charlie Collier, by the Auto Cycle Union, following his fourth place finish in the 1912 Senior Tourist Trophy (TT) race.

The obverse of the medal has a stylised symbol of Victory with the words 'Auto Cycle Union'. The reverse is inscribed 'Senior Tourist Trophy Race 1912 won by C.R. Collier.'

The Collier brothers, Charlie and Harry, were the founders of Matchless motorcycles. They might also be regarded as the founders of the TT itself, for it was they along with the Marquis de Mouzilly St Mars who conceived of the idea of testing road going motorcycles by racing them on the Isle of Man. Charlie himself made history by winning the first ever TT in 1907. (The first twin cylinder TT race was won by Rem Fowler on a Peugeot-engined Norton, while a Matchless, ridden by its manufacturer Charlie Collier, won the single cylinder race).

Measurements: 2.5 cm

Materials: gold

Object name: medal

Collection: Social History Collection

ID Number: 2007-0148

Subject tags : #TT&MOTORSPORT


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