1931 - 1950
The 1950 races welcomed the new and bade farewell to the old.
The new came in the form of Geoff Duke, who was signed by Norton to compete in the Junior and Senior after winning both the Clubman’s TT and Manx Grand Prix the year before.
Norton also introduced the new ‘Featherbed’ frame and the combination of Duke and the Featherbed was an instant hit.
The TT also said goodbye to pool petrol, and its was immediately celebrated by record laps in all three classes.
Duke’s debut in the seven-lap Senior was nothing short of sensational. Riding the new Norton, he led from start to finish, smashing both race and lap records.
Artie Bell took the Junior honours, with Duke runner-up as Harold Daniell filled the last podium place in his final TT.
While the Norton successes in both the Junior and Senior were very clear-cut, the Lightweight produced one of the closest finishes of all time. Just 0.2 of a second separated Italian Dario Ambrosini and Maurice Cann after 264 nail-biting miles!