freddie frith

Being first is always worth something, and in 1949, the inaugural year of organized Grand Prix motorcycle road racing, Freddie Frith (#53 in above photo) won all five races to claim the 350cc championship that year on a Velocette. He also competed in the 500cc class, but wasn’t as successful. Born in 1909, Frith was already 40 in 1949, and only raced the one year in GP, but his racing career began years earlier. Frith won the Manx Grand Prix in 1930, and is one of only a few to compete in and win TT races before and after WWII.