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It was the 50th Anniversary of the TT and the year in which the eight lap 1957 Golden Jubilee Senior Race was to prove historic in more ways than one. Today, with the lap record standing at some 125mph, doing a 100mph lap would not generate a second thought. In 1957, doing the ‘ton’ was compared to the four minute mile, or breaking the sound barrier! The excitement generated when hard-riding Scotsman Bob McIntyre, on his 500cc four cylinder Gilera, recorded a speed of 101.03 mph was immense. He won the Golden Jubilee Junior Race that year too and his other win came in the 1959 Formula 1 500cc race on a Norton. He joined the Honda team in 1961 and led races with fastest and record laps, but unfortunately retired in every race he rode for the Japanese marque. A popular racer and, as the first man ever to do a 100mph lap - his name is secured in TT history forever.

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