Freddie Frith

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Freddie Frith OBE (born May 30, 1909), was a British former Grand Prix motorcycle road racing World Champion. A stylish rider and five times winner of the Isle of Man TT, Freddie had the distinction of being one of the few to win TT races before and after the Second World War.

He won the 1935 Junior Manx Grand Prix and then joined the Norton team for the 1936 TT Races. It was a winning combination as he took the Junior and finished second in the Senior. In 1937 he went one better in the Senior and took a brilliant win. He also set the first 90mph plus lap of the course.

After finishing third in the 1939 Senior he missed the 1947 TT due to a practice spill on a 500cc Moto Guzzi. Turning to Velocettes in 1948 he won the Junior Race, repeating this success a year later. Freddie also has the distinction of being the first ever 350cc World Champion in 1949 when, he won all five events of the inaugural campaign.

Motorcycle Grand Prix Results

Year Class Classification Machine Victories
1949 350cc 1st Velocette 5
1949 500cc 11th Velocette 0