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John Hurlstone

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Biography: Age 26, John Hurlstone comes from Stanmore, Middlesex. He rode a 500 cc Triumph in the 1954 and 1956 Senior Clubman's events (finishing 16th and 7th respectively) and he used the same machine in the 1955 Senior Manx, in which he was 26th; he has also competed at a few of the short circuit meetings. He was a member of the winning club team in the 1956 Junior Manx, when he finished 11th. Last year was John's best in the Island up to date, for he finished 33rd in the Junior and in the Senior two days later came home fifth at 88.67 mph with, of course, a replica.

(TT Special, Thursday, September 11, 1958 p16)

Competed in

1986 Senior Classic MGPRTriumph
1985 Junior Classic MGP151:22:13.0082.6Honda
1984 Senior Classic MGPRMetisse
1984 Production 750 TT181:12:26.2093.75Honda
1984 Historic 500 TT71:19:40.2085.05Norton
1960 Senior TT252:30:54.4090.02Norton
1960 Junior TT322:36:53.6086.58Norton
1959 Junior MGPR0Norton
1958 Senior MGP42:29:42.0090.73Norton
1957 Senior MGP52:33:12.0088.67Norton
1957 Junior MGP332:50:11.0079.82Norton
1956 Senior MGPR0Norton
1956 Junior MGP112:43:14.0083.21Norton
1956 Clubman Senior TT71:24:13.4080.65Triumph
1955 Senior MGP262:50:13.0079.8Triumph
1954 Clubman Senior TT161:57:33.4077.06Triumph


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My good friend 'Gentleman John' I went with him to the 1955 MGP, he blew the motor up and borrowed my Vincent Comet to learn the course. He started his racing career on a 1930's 500cc Vincent. When I last saw him he had just bought 2 new Manx Nortons ( 500 Pounds each) and he didn't know how he was going to pay for them. Is he still alive? I haven't been able to find him. - Tony Day Report this

Thank you for your comment Tony Day. Maybe someone in the racing fraternity will see it and be able to give us more information about 'Gentleman John.' Kind regards, Emma - Emma. Digital Collections Assistant Report this