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Small silver Isle of Man Tourist Trophy (TT) cup awarded to Max Deubel

Date made: mid 20th century

Description: Small silver Isle of Man Tourist Trophy (TT) cup awarded to West German rider Max Deubel, 4 times sidecar World Champion in the 1960s and 3 times TT winner. First rider to break the sidecar 90mph barrier.

Engraved 'Walter Handley Trophy Fastest lap'. From 1961 Sidecar TT. Deubel and passenger Emil Horner won this race. They set a new lap record in the process, beating that set the previous year by fellow West German rider Helmut Fath.

Deubel had used BMW machinery since 1957, stating that the BMW RS engine 'was a must have. No other engine, be it British or Italian, could compete with it.' [Mildebrath, Lothar, 'Munster Meistermacher Maschinen.' p.7]. However from 1961 he enjoyed full BMW factory support.

Deubel's last TT was in 1966 - the event was held in August, instead of the traditional June due to a seamen's strike. Although Deubel and his passenger Emil Horner were originally placed second just 0.8 sec. behind rivals Scheidegger and Robinson, they were promoted to first place when the latter were excluded on a fuel technicality. On appeal Scheidegger and Robinson were reinstated as TT winners, which also gave them the 1966 world championship ahead of Deubel and Horner. Deubel retired at the end of the 1966 season, but continued to be involved in racing as an official of the FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme).

Measurements: overall: 20 cm x 12 cm x 7 cm

Materials: metal: silver, plated, plastic: phenolic

Object name: trophy

Collection: Social History Collection

ID Number: 2017-0143

Subject tags : #TT&MOTORSPORT


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