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1955-1959

11 April 1955 – New Zealand Grand Prix, Cust
Jim Swarbrick (Norton), Syd Jensen (Norton) and Jones (Norton) were the first three 500cc finishers. We have no further information about this event.

23-24 April 1955 – Circuit de Marseille
8 May 1955 – Circuit de St.Cloud
We have no results.

15 May 1955 – Ruissalo TT, Turku
Keith Campbell (Norton) won the 500cc race and Esko Lahti (AJS) won the 350cc race. We have no further information about this event.

15 May 1955 – Rund um Battenberg
We have the Sidecar result, but no details of any other races. Were there any solo races?

19 May 1955 – Circuit des Ramparts d’Angoulême
22 May 1955 – A.D.A.C. Rundstreckrennen, circuit unknown
22 May 1955 – Circuit d’Orleans
We have no results.

11-12 June 1955 – Prix Adriatique, Opatija
Edgar Strub (Norton) won both Sidecar classes, but we have no other finishers. Who finished 3rd and 4th in the 350cc race behind Hans Baltisberger (NSU), and who finished 4th in the 125cc race behind Rudolf Grimas (FB-Mondial)?

12 June 1955 – Circuit de Carcassonne
19 June 1955 – Prix de Picardie, Amiens
We have no results.

19 June 1955 – Energot GP
We have the first two finishers in each race. We have no further information about this event.

29 June 1955 – Circuito di Recanati
10 July and/or 7 August 1955 – Circuit de Villefranche de Rouergue
14 July 1955 – Circuit de Tarare
17 July 1955 – Smalandsloppet, Vaxjo
24 July 1955 – Circuit de Caen
24 July 1955 – Circuit di Faenza
30-31 July 1955 – Circuit de San Lorenzo
31 July 1955 – Circuit de Vesoul
31 July 1955 – Skillingarydsloppet
We have no results.

1 August 1955 – Canadian Championships, Edenvale Aerodrome, Toronto
Gerald Robarts (Norton) won the Experts race. G.Clanfield (Norton) finished 2nd. We know the winners of the lesser championships.

7 August 1955 – Circuit de Cadours
16 August 1955 – Hungarian Grand Prix, circuit unknown
21 August 1955 – Circuito dei Sardineiro, Santander
3-4 September 1955 – Skarpnäcksloppet, Stockholm
11 September 1955 – Circuit d’Avignon
25 September 1955 – Avusrennen, Berlin
25 September 1955 – Circuit d’Agen
2 October 1955 – Circuit des Cretes, circuit unknown
9 October 1955 – Circuit d’Anfa
We have no results.

26 December 1955 – Victorian GP, Mildura
Dickie Dale (Moto-Guzzi) won the Unlimited and 500cc races and set the fastest lap in each. Bill Lomas (Moto-Guzzi) won the 350cc race, set the fastest lap and finished 2nd in the Unlimited race. We have no further information about this event.

1955, date unknown – Austrian Grand Prix, circuit unknown
Walter Zeller (BMW) won the 500cc race. We have no further information about this event.

1955, date unknown – Vastkustloppet, Falkenberg
Robin Fitton (Velocette) won the 350cc race. We have no further information about this event.

1955 date unknown – Circuit de Riga
We have the race winners only; 750cc- E. Krüze, 350cc- E. Kirsis, 125cc- R. Arabers, Sidecar- O. Riks / E. Ungers.

10-11 March 1956 – Victorian TT, Melbourne
Bill Lomas (Moto-Guzzi) won the 500cc race and Dickie Dale (Moto-Guzzi) won the 350cc race. Maurice Quincey (Norton) finished 2nd in both races. We have no further information about this event.

15 April 1956 – Dieburger-Dreieckrennen, Dieburg
22 April 1956 – Eilenriede-Rennen, Hanover
31 May 1956 – Circuito di Chiuso, Genoa
3 June 1956 – Circuit de l’Ain, circuit unknown
3 June 1956 – Stralsunder Bäderrennen, Stralsund
We have no results.

9-10 June 1956 – Prix d’Adriatique, Opatija
We have the race winners, but we have no further information about this event.

10 June 1956 – Strassenrennen, Innsbruck
We have no results.

10 June 1956 – Circuit de Budapest
We have the results, but only the 125cc winner; János Reisz (FB-Mondial).

17 June 1956 – Västkustloppet, Falkenberg
We have the first three 350cc finishers: Firmin Dauwe (Norton), Bob Matthews (Norton) and Olle Nygren (AJS). We have no further information about this event.

7-8 July 1956 – Circuit de Tarare
We have no results.

26 July 1956 – Circuit de Leningrad
We have the race winners and some 2nd and 3rd place finishers. We have no further information about this event.

28-29 July 1956 – Circuit de San Lorenzo
29 July 1956 – Circuit de Cadours
5 August 1956 – Circuit de Guipuzcoa, San Sebastian
12 August 1956 – Luxembourg Grand Prix, circuit unknown
September 1956 – Circuito di Castelfusane, Rome
We have no results.

1956, date unknown – Circuit de Riga
We have the race winners only; 750cc- G. Gtalgis, 350cc- K. Osins, 125cc- A. Zirnis, Sidecar- O. Riks / A. Janusevskis.

1956, date unknown – Lima road race
Ferruccio Dalle Fusine won. We have no further information about this event.

1 January 1957 – Port Elizabeth 200
We have partial results. Who won the 350cc race, in which Dave Chadwick (Norton) set the fastest lap before retiring?

1 January 1957 – Victorian TT, Ballarat
We have partial results.

3 March 1957 – Western Province championship, Killarney, Capetown
We have incomplete results of the main handicap event, won by Geoff Duke (Gilera) from Borro Castellani (Norton). Does anyone have the official handicapped finishing order and the true order?

31 March 1957 – International Bergstrassenrennen, Vienna
We have the first three 250cc finishers, but only the winners of other classes; 500cc- Heisinger (Jawa), 350cc- Bruckner (Horex), 125cc- Paul Schwarz (KTM).

14 April 1957 – Circuit de Creusot, Le Creusot
14 April 1957 – Circuit des Cretes, circuit unknown
5 May 1957 – Wismar-rennen

We have no results.

19 May 1957 – Ruissalo TT, Turku
Esko Lahti (Norton) won the 500cc and 350cc races. Walter Bergström (Norton) finished 2nd in the 350cc race. We have no further information about this event.

16 June 1957 – Queensland TT, Lowood
We only know the race winners; 500cc- Laurie Moore (Norton), 250cc- Jack Forrest (NSU), Sidecar- Sandy McCrae (Norton-Vincent-HRD “McCrae Special”). We have no further information about this event.

17 June 1957 – New South Wales TT, Mount Druitt
We only know the race winners. Jack Ahearn won four races, Unlimited, 500cc and 350cc on Nortons and 250cc on an NSU. Noel Gardner (BSA) won the 125cc race and Bob Mitchell (Norton) won the Sidecar race. We have no further information about this event.

30 June 1957 – Circuit des Trois Frontières, circuit unknown
14 July 1957 – Circuit de Navarra
27-28 July 1957 – A.D.A.C. Rennen, circuit unknown
27-28 July 1957 – Circuit de San Lorenzo
We have no results.

4 August 1957 – Circuit de Ljubelj
We have partial results, but little information below the 2nd place finishers.

8 September 1957 – Skaneloppet, Kristianstad
We have no results. Was this meeting cancelled?

15 September 1957 – Bernau-rennen
22 September 1957 – Circuit d`Agen
22 September 1957 – Dresdener Autobahnspinne Rennen, Dresden

We have no results.

September 1957 – Canadian championships, Harewood, Toronto
Don Haddow (Norton) won the main event to clinch the Experts title. We have no further information about this event.

14 October 1957- South Australian TT, Port Wakefield
We only know the race winners; 500cc- George Crowe (Norton), 350cc- Ron Miles (Norton), 250cc- Eric Cole (Rudge), 125cc- Alan Wallis (Tilbrook), Sidecar- George Benny (Vincent-HRD). We have no further information about this event.

3 November 1957 – Queensland TT, Lowood (2nd event of the year with this title)
Tom Phillis (Norton) won the Unlimited, 500cc and 350cc races. We have no further information about this event.

24 November 1957 – Argentine Grand Prix, Buenos Aires
We have the 500cc result, but only the winners of the lightweight races; 175cc- Pio Giovannini (Gilera), 125cc- A. Sardelli (FB-Mondial).

1957 date unknown – Circuit de Majorca
We have no results. This event was run on open roads and may not have been a true race. Does anybody have any further information?

30 March 1958 – Queensland TT, Lowood
Eric Hinton (Norton) and Ron Miles (Norton) finished 1st and 2nd in both the 500cc and 350cc races. We have no further information about this event.

1-2 June 1958 – Shell 12 hour race
We have no results. Was this race run at Imola?

29 June 1958 – Circuit de Majorca
13 July 1958 – Norisring Rennen, Nuremburg
18-19 August 1958 – Skaneloppet, Kristianstad

We have no results.

31 August 1958 – Settlers Day championships, Pietermaritzburg
We have partial results, but only the 250cc winner, Gary Burgess (BSA).

8 September 1958 – Mexican Grand Prix, circuit unknown
14 September 1958 – Circuit de Nice
14 September 1958 – Itaharjunajo TT, Turku

We now have the first two finishers in each race, supplied by Herman Looman (see below).

13 October 1958 – South Australian GP, Port Wakefield
The race winners were; 500cc & 350cc- George Crowe (Norton), 250cc- Les Jessor (BSA), 125cc- Alan Wallis (Tilbrook), Sidecar- Laurie Fox (Norton). We have no further information about this event.

10 May 1959Bernau Schleife-rennen
We have the race winners only.

28 May 1959 – Circuito di Lido, Venice
We have no results.

13-14 June 1959 – Tallin International road races, Pirita
We have partial results, but only the 125cc and Sidecar winners; R. Laur (CKEB) and Guskel.

6 August 1959 – Circuit de Cadours
The only motorcycle race was for Sidecars, but we have no results.

6 August 1959 – Wismar-rennen
We have no results.

13 September 1959 – Roskilde-ring road races, Roskildes
We have partial results, but no information below 2nd place.

13 September 1959 – Itaharjunajo TT, Turku
We have no results.

12 October 1959 – South Australian GP, Port Wakefield
We have partial results, but only the first two 500cc finishers, Owen Archibald (Norton) and Jack Ahearn (Norton), and only the winners of the lightweight and Sidecar classes; 250cc- F. Coles (FC Special), 125cc- Alan Wallis (Tilbrook), Unlimited Sidecar- Orrie Salter (Norton), Junior (500cc?) Sidecar- Ian Hogg (probably Norton).

25 October 1959 – Queensland TT, Lowood
We have the winners only; 500cc & 350cc- Tom Phillis (Norton), 250cc- Kel Carruthers (Norton), 125cc- Roy East (MV-Agusta).

1959, date unknown – Indonesian Grand Prix, Djakarta
We have partial results but only the 350cc winner, Ong Sui Ho (BSA), who also won the 500cc race. Can anybody date this event?

Does anybody know which events counted towards the South African championships in the 1950s and 1960s, and how the full results can be disentangled? It appears that scratch classes for the championships were frequently run within handicap races.

8 comments

  1. To Laurence Hammond,

    In the East German magazine Illustrierter Motorsport Heft 21 of 6 October 1958 was an article about the Itä-Harjun-TT Rennen on 14 September 1958. The winner of the 125 cc class was Walter Brehme and second was Werner Musiol both on MZ. The 350cc class was won by Peter Ferbrache and second was P. Lindholm (A.J.S.). The 500 cc class was also won by Peter Ferbrache with Karlsson (Norton) second.

    Regards,
    Herman Looman


  2. To Laurence Hammond,

    In the East German magazine Illustrierter Motorsport Heft 21 of 6 October 1958 was an article about the Dresdener Autobahnspinne Rennen on 21 September 1958. The winners were: Class 4 Ausweisfahrer 125 cc Näser (MZ). Class 4 Lizenzfahrer 125 cc Luttenberger (Mondial). Class A 250 cc Fügner (MZ). Sidecar Class C 500 cc Schneider/Strauss (BMW). If you like I can send you a scan of the article with the complete results.

    Regards,
    Herman Looman


  3. 5. Rennen für Wagen und Motorräder Bernauer Schleife 1959. 10 Mai 1959

    Ausweisfahrer:

    Serienmotorräder
    250 cc Karl Stark, Simson
    350 cc Klaus-Dieter Freudenberg, Jawa

    Motorräder
    125 cc Heinz Rosner, MZ
    250 cc Edmund Janson, NSU

    Seitenwagen
    500 cc Appelt/Röwekamp, Norton

    Lizenzfahrer:

    Motorräder
    125 cc Ernst Degner, MZ
    250 cc Horst Fügner, MZ

    4. Auto und Motorradrennen Bernauer Schleife 1957. 15 September 1957.

    Ausweisfahrer:

    Motorräder
    125 cc Dieter Krumpholz, MZ
    250 cc Botho Knipp, NSU

    Seitenwagen
    500 cc Joachim Dinse/Richter, BMW

    Lizenzfahrer:

    Motorräder
    250 cc Helmut Hallmeier, NSU

    Avusrennen, 25 September 1955 only car racing no motorcycle racing.


  4. Gentlemen
    I noticed a slight error to do with 1957 Canadian Championship 1957. I was riding a Triumph T100R. A Norton would have made it alot easier!! Thanks for a most interesting webpage.

    Don


  5. 17 july 1955 Smalandsloppet.No race this year.
    31 july 1955 Skillingrydsloppet.Motocrossevent.
    3-4 sep 1955 Skarpnäcksloppet.No race this year.
    9-10 july 1955 Västkustloppet Falkenberg Sweden.
    125cc.1Henry Bohlin MV Agusta 2Bo Söderström MV agusta 3Bengt Svensson Rumi 4Bjarne Grorud Rumi
    5Billy Nicklasson Mondial 6 Odd Samsing Rumi.
    350cc. 1 Robin Fitton Velocette 2 Olle Nygren AJS
    3 Olle Pettersson AJS 4 Ingemar Larsson AJS 5 Ulf
    Gate AJS 6 Jerker Ström Velocette


  6. Västkustloppet 1955.
    500cc.1 John a.Storr Norton 2 Olle Nygren Matchless
    3 Sven Andersson Norton 4 Valle Lundberg Matchless
    5 Nils Schröder Norton 6Ingemar Larsson Matchless


  7. 17 Juny 1956 Västkustloppet Falkenberg Sweden.
    125cc 1 Olle Nygren Ducati 2Bengt Svensson Ducati
    3Lennart Lindell Ducati 4 Daniel Gustafsso MV Agusta
    5 Xavier Heiss LHW 6 Kåre Lågstad Rumi.
    350cc 1Firmin Dauwe Norton 2Bob Matthews Norton 3 Olle Nygren Ajs 4 Valle Lundberg Ajs 5John A.Storr
    Norton 6 Olle Pettersson Ajs.
    500cc 1 John A.Storr Norton 2 Keith Camphell Norton
    3 Bob Matthews Norton 4 Valle Lundberg Norton 5 Kuno
    Johansson Gilera 6 Ulf Gate Norton.


  8. 8 Sep 1957 Skaneloppet Kristianstad Sweden.
    No race this year.
    19-19 Aug 1958 Skaneloppet Kristianstad Sweden.
    No race this year.



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