1952 pt10. The 1000cc Sidecar race
Sidecars up to a thousand cc! brought a curtain down in Gloom, whatever sidecar lads see in splashing along, depending on each other’s positioning and skills to perform movements through tight corners that often outstrip solo cornering pace is a fascination to spectators.
Pip Harris on a Vincent 1000 powered outfit was uncatchable the most spectacular performer yet seen on Eppynt, he relished damp surface, drifting, sliding but ever in control of the machine plus race itself. The twists through Piccadilly and Copse Corner for four laps became an assembly point to watch ‘the chairs’ antics. Dixie’s Corner became another point for photographers to claim impressive actions with outfits in mid lurid slides. Harris was to pass in tight situations from a practically handicap race starting position, an absolute display was provided along with a scrap between Bill Boddice and L W Taylor, narrow, hard fought and close all the way to the line with similar dogfights extending down through the field.
Sidecar race, up to 1000cc, 4 laps
Winner’s speed 60.47 mph.
Fastest lap 61.70 mph.
The sidecar speed was actually faster than the top lightweight machines, spectators drifted away, tired riders loaded up, the old mountain was already becoming dark desolate and silent.