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Norton T win 1907
1907 NORTON TWIN. The name "Norton" has more links with the
T.T. series than any other. Amongst the marque's claims to fame there is one
that cannot possibly be equalled by any rival—there has been a Norton in every
year's T.T. race since the series started in the first decade of the twentieth
The roads were primitive. This first race included an award for the best performance by a twin—these were generally expected to be slower than the singles— although if the first machine to finish had been a twin it would have won the Tourist Trophy. As it happened, a Matchless single won—but Rem Fowler had rushed his Norton round to make fastest lap at over 40 m.p.h. Punctures and other troubles slowed him and he had to be content with the honour of winning the twin-cylinder race at 3622 m.p.h.
His machine employed a French Peugeot engine of an alleged 5
h.p. Induction was by automatic inlet valves—that is, the depression in the
combustion chamber caused by the piston descending sucked the valve, held by a
light spring, open and mixture in. The exhaust valves were provided with a cam!
For the British, racing along the rocky road over the Isle of Man was comparable to repeating the splendid first edition of the London-Brighton race, the famous Emancipation Run. In 1907, after years of negotiations with national and island authorities, permission was obtained to hold a major international race, the Tourist Trophy, on the island. Almost all the British manufacturers entered motorcycles, including Norton, Triumph, and Matchless.
They entered specially prepared racing models that could stand
the strains of the race. The steep ascents presented a new challenge to mtotor-cyclists
of the time.
Rem Fowler rode the vehicle to win the two-cylinder trophy,
traveling at an average speed of about 37 m.p.h.
Motorcycle: Norton Two-cylinder T.T. Manufacturer: Norton
Motors Ltd., Aston,