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Ray Petty

Record type: Motorsport Biographies

Biography: Lightweight – New Imp,
Senior – Norton

Age 30 Petty comes from Farnborough, Hants., and has, for over three years, been an assistant to Francis Beart. He has had numerous trials successes, including fourth in the Southern Experts Trial, and tenth in the same event in 1949 Petty is no newcomer to the T.T. Course for he rode in both the 1946 and 1947 Lightweight ‘Manx’ races, finishing in both – fifth in 1946 on a New Imperial, and fourth in 1947 on an E.M.C.

Turned “International” in 1948, and rode a New Imperial in the Lightweight T.T., finishing fifth at 66.26 m.p.h. The following year he rode an A.J.S. in the Junior, finishing 47th at 75.03 m.p.h., and a New Imperial in the Lightweight when he finished tenth at 68.14 m.p.h., gaining a second-class replica in each event. In 1950 he was just within second-class replica time in the Junior T.T. when he finished 58th at a speed of73.36 m.p.h. on a Norton, handicapped with a broken exhaust valve spring from the first lap.

He retired on his first lap in the Lightweight with a broken con-rod.

Hobby: Fishing.

He is entered by Francis Beart and is using the same old New Imperial in the Lightweight, but has a new Norton for the Senior.

Non-starter in Lightweight.
(TT Special, 6 June 1951, p.9.)

Competed in

1954 Lightweight TT91:28:57.0076.36Norton
1953 Lightweight TT72:01:17.0074.67Norton
1952 Lightweight TT81:59:01.0076.09Norton
1951 Senior TT223:17:07.0080.4Norton
1950 Lightweight TTRNew Imperial
1950 Junior TT583:36:01.0073.36Norton
1949 Lightweight TT103:52:35.0068.14New Imperial
1949 Junior TT473:31:13.2075.03AJS
1948 Lightweight TT53:59:11.0066.25New Imperial
1947 Lightweight MGP43:24:32.0066.43EMC
1946 Senior MGPRAJS
1946 Lightweight MGP53:47:48.0062.38New Imperial


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