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Les J. Archer

Record type: Motorsport Biographies

Biography: Mount: Lightweight – New Imp.

Aged 39, a motor agent at Aldershot and a familiar figure at Brooklands and in the Island. Les. Archer (“the Aldershot Flyer”) has had a long association with T.T., riding New Imperials and Velocettes – he holds nine replicas. His numerous successes at Brooklands include the Hutchinson 100 Trophy for covering 100 miles in the hour on a 350 Velocette, and he was the first rider to achieve a world’s record in excess of 100 m.p.h. on a 250 c.c. machine. He has also collected various awards at Donington. Hobby – following motor cycle sport and taking an active interest in local motor cycling clubs.

We used to see “Les. Archer and Pa” over here every year. Now Les’s own son, 18 year-old L. R. Archer, is in the game and is riding in the Clubman’s T.T.

Of his own Lightweight mount, Les. Says “it is the same one that I have used for many years. It started life as a Works Team model when Foster and Wood were similarly mounted. It shows signs of age, but we are hoping for the best.”
(TT Special, 9 June 1947, p.10.)


Competed in

1948 Junior TTRVelocette
1947 Lightweight TT43:47:02.0069.8New Imperial
1939 Senior TT63:07:58.0084.31Velocette
1939 Lightweight TTRNew Imperial
1939 Junior TT243:29:55.0075.5Velocette
1938 Senior TT73:14:43.0081.39Velocette
1938 Lightweight TTRNew Imperial
1938 Junior TTRVelocette
1937 Senior TT83:25:55.0076.96Velocette
1937 Lightweight TT43:37:09.0072.98New Imperial
1937 Junior TTRVelocette
1936 Lightweight TTRNew Imperial
1935 Lightweight TTRNew Imperial
1935 Junior TT93:27:54.0076.24Velocette
1934 Senior TT43:38:22.0072.58Velocette
1934 Lightweight TTRNew Imperial
1934 Junior TT63:28:24.0076.05Velocette
1933 Junior TTRVelocette
1932 Junior TT63:40:00.0072.05Velocette


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