Frank M Fox
TT Career Summary
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MGP Career Summary
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Born in Gleedless, near Sheffield, Franks first TT experience was in the Clubmans Senior race of 1952, finishinh in 11th position.
However, he had ridden in the Manx Grand Prix since 1951, winning the Junior Manx Grand Prix in 1953.
Moving to the TT the following year his first 'proper' race the Junior ended in disappointment, retiring from the action when on the leaderboard on the third lap at Kates Cottage with a 'dropped valve'. The Senior saw him take 38th place.
1955 saw a reversal of roles, finishing 13th in the Junior and retiring in the Senior with a broken gear lever.
1956 and Frank had three entries, Lightweight 125 and 250, plus the Senior.
Both Lightweight races were run on the Clypse Course although he was forced to retire from both races with mechanical trouble on the MV Agusta machines he was riding. The Senior did bring him a 16th place again him yet another silver replica.
Golden Jubilee Year, 1957 brought the Yorkshireman his best results. Riding for one of the sports major sponsors, Reg Dearden and having built the two machines from spare parts, he finished 15th in the seven lap Junior and 12th in the 'blue-riband' Senior TT, run over an extended eight laps.
By now a 'professional racer' a change of direction took place in 1958 moving from solo machines to sidecars, both as a driver and passenger!
For that years TT he was passenger to Bill Beevers- they failed to finish the race.
Retiring from racing in early 1959, due mainly to the spiraling costs, he was back racing on the Mountain Course in the 1960 Senior, finishing 30th on a brand new Norton loaned to him especially for the TT, gaining his last silver replica.
Frank has lived and still lives on the Isle of Man in retirement.
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