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Len Bayliss

Record type: Motorsport Biographies

Biography: Junior - Ellbee Special
Lightweight - Ellbee Special

Aged 33, a motorcycle road tester, of Coventry. Bayliss first rode in the TT in 1948, when he retired due to a broken exhaust valve in the Lightweight event.

Since the war, he has had many successes at grass and short circuit meetings, including the Wingfield Park Championship 1946 and 1947, Leicestershire Championship 1947, Worcestershire Championship 1948, Shropshire 1948 and several track records. At the end of the 1948 season, he won the Hutchinson “100” Mellano Trophy and the Carburol Trophy for the fastest British “250” a Dunholme.

In 1949, he again entered the Ellbee Special in the Lightweight race, the machine being basically a Triumph Tiger 70 with much modification, including teledraulics and a spring frame of his own make. He finished eighth at 68.84 mph and gained a second class replica.

He was fifth in the 1950 Lightweight TT at a speed of 71.53 mph again riding his Ellbee Special, and gaining a first-class replica.

He is entered for both races by Elms Metals of West Heath, Birmingham.
(TT Special, 4 June 1951, p.9.)

Competed in

1951 Lightweight TTREllbee Spl
1950 Lightweight TT53:41:33.0071.53Ellbee Spl
1949 Lightweight TT83:50:14.0068.84Ellbee Spl
1948 Lightweight TTREllbee Spl


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