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Willie Wilshere

Record type: Motorsport Biographies

Biography: Senior - Norton

Age 49, Willie Wilshere comes from Watford, and describes himself as “Office (Old) Boy at Scammell Lorries”. He has turned to the International race this year at rather an unusual age, but he is far from being a stranger to the Island, having competed regularly in the Clubman’s races since 1948, his wasp-striped helmet being a familiar sight around the course.

His reason for changing his status is that “You get more (7 laps) for your money, so to speak!” The Norton is a 1952 “Feather-bed”, ex-Eric Pantlin, and Willie has already ridden it at Silverstone this season. His previous Island outings have been on Tiger 100 Triumphs, and on such a machine he was 15th in the 1954 Senior Clubman’s event.
(TT Special, 10 June 1955, p.25.)

Age 44; last year described his occupation as “assistant office boy” but this year has been promoted to “office boy.” He was tenth in the 1947 Junior Clubman’s and entered again in 1948, his entry being refused. Last year, however, he rode again and was 22nd in the Junior. Machine: 3T Triumph. Hobbies: “Assisting large son with model aeroplanes.”

Entered by Chalfonts and Amersham A.C.
(TT Special, 7 June 1950, p.20.)

Competed in

1955 Senior TT463:24:55.0077.34Norton
1954 Clubman Senior TT151:55:45.0078.24Triumph
1953 Clubman Senior TT141:26:59.2078.08Triumph
1952 Clubman Senior TTRNorton
1951 Clubman Senior TTRNorton
1950 Clubman Junior TTRTriumph
1949 Clubman Junior TT221:38:10.0069.2Triumph
1947 Clubman Junior TT102:29:12.0060.71Ariel


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