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Grant Sellars circa 1974 on his Manx Norton













Grant in 2006 at Parliament Square, Ramsey
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2018 Manx Grand Prix

This year two Middlesbrough & District Motor Club members competed in the Isle of Man.
For one, the talented Jack Fowler, competed in his first Manx Grand Prix as a Newcomer, and also took part in the Lightweight race later in the week.
Jack’s desire to race around the Iconic 37 ¾ mile Mountain course started some 15 years ago when visiting the Isle of Man for the TT races when 11 years of age, attending every TT since and some of the Classic TT’s.

The decision was made to enter the Newcomers Lightweight race and the Lightweight Manx Grand Prix on his Kawasaki 650 Supertwin which by many IOM experts was deemed the ideal machine to learn the course with.
Practice week was hit by the first rain for over 3 months and this was set to disrupt the week with 3 sessions lost to the rain and “Mannanins Cloak” This caused major problems to all riders but particularly to the Newcomers who were desperate for track time to learn the course. Fortunately the weather eased for the last few days of practice and all Newcomers managed to qualify for the races.

Race day was fine, although there were strong winds on the mountain. However the race went ahead to full distance. Jack started at number 33 as 6th Fastest qualifier at 102mph, and by Glen Helen on Lap 1 he was up to second (his strongest section of the course), dropping to third at Ramsey and holding that position for a further lap, lapping at 105mph from a standing start.
By the third lap Jack had slipped down to fourth, some 16 seconds down on 3rd but a final charge on lap four would see Jack begin to close down the third place rider finishing just 9 seconds down with a final lap at 106.25 mph and a race average including stopping for fuel of 104.1 mph.

In Friday's lightweight race, Jack was again on the twin starting from 37th place on the grid, Over 4 laps he worked his way up to a very creditable 16th place finish, after encountering a lot of traffic due to his low qualifying position, averaging just under 104mph for the race distance.
Jack appreciates the assistance given to him by Middlesbrough & District Motor Club, and is now the proud owner of not 1, but 2 of the coveted Manx Grand Prix Silver Replicas.

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2018 Classic TT

The other competitor was long standing Club member Grant Sellars, who, at 73, was competing in his 50th consecutive TT Meeting- a feat for which he was awarded the "Spirit of the Manx" Trophy. This is an incredible achievement for Grant, and one which is unlikely to ever be repeated.










On Saturday 25th, in the Senior Race, Grant was on his very original 1960's 500cc Manx Norton. After overcoming a little mishap at the beginning of the race, Grant did extremely well to bring the Norton home at an average speed of over 91mph.

On the 29th, the Bank Holiday Monday, in the Junior race he was on his 350cc Manx Norton and finished a creditable 26th. Not bad for a senior citizen.


Well done to both of you!
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