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Percy Tait

Record type: Motorsport Biographies

Biography: Age 31, Percy Tait is a motor cycle tester and comes from Wood End Farm, Meriden, near Coventry. He has ridden at many short circuit meetings and has plenty of experience on the Mountain Course, for he was sixth in the Senior Clubman's race in 1954 and ninth in the Junior Manx Grand Prix three months later. He turned to the T.T. in 1955 and came home 15th in the Junior, on an A.J.S., at 85.38 m.p.h., with a Silver Replica.

Percy is entered for both races by Fron Purslow Motorcycles, of Shrewsbury. Hobby: Farming----as one might expect from his address! (TT Special, 16 June 1961, p.18.)

Junior - A.J.S.
Senior - Norton

Age 25, Percy (“Phil”) Tait is a development engineer with Triumph’s of Meriden, and is one of the most promising young riders of the present day. He is familiar figure at most of the short circuits, generally mounted on Triumphs of various capacities, This season he has been seen at Crystal Palace and Silverstone with a modified 650 c.c. “Tiger Twin”.

He has had successes at Oulton Park, Crystal Palace and Castle Combe, while in the 1954 Clubman’s Senior he was sixth, on a B.S.A. Turning to Nortons for last year’s Manx races he was ninth in the Junior event but retired at Ballahutchin on the fourth lap of the Senior race whilst lying third.

This season he has been third in both 250 c.c. and 1,000 c.c. events at Crystal Palace on Easter Monday. On “Silverstone Saturday” he was fifth, on the Beasley-Velocette, in the 10-lap 250 c.c. event.
(TT Special, 10 June 1955, p.22.)

Name Variant: Percy *Tait

Competed in

1976 Production TTRTriumph
1976 Classic TTRSuzuki
1975 Senior TTRYamaha
1975 Production TTRHonda
1975 Junior TT251:58:57.8095.14Yamaha
1975 Classic TT22:12:54.40102.19Yamaha
1974 Production 1000 TTRTriumph
1974 Formula 750 TT42:16:16.8099.66Triumph
1971 Formula 750 TTRTriumph
1968 Senior TTRTriumph
1967 Production 500 TTRTriumph
1965 Lightweight TTRRoyal Enfield
1961 Ultra Lightweight TTRDucati
1961 Junior TT172:31:27.4089.69Norton
1957 Senior TTRNorton
1957 Junior TT243:06:23.0085.03Norton
1955 Senior TTRNorton
1955 Junior TT153:05:36.6085.38AJS
1954 Senior MGPRNorton
1954 Junior MGP92:43:26.0083.11Norton
1954 Clubman Senior TT61:47:05.0084.58BSA


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