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Meetings 1931 - 1950

TT 1932

The Norton-Rudge battle continued in 1932, but, once again, it was Norton who emerged on top, leaving Rudge empty-handed after their unexpected defeat in the Lightweight class.

The 21st running of the races attracted HRH Prince George, the future king, to the event and he watched the Norton whitewash in the Senior from the grandstand and Creg-ny-Baa.

Earlier in the week the determined Woods had achieved the first part of what was to be a double for him and for Norton, in the Junior. In contrast to the Senior, he was pushed all the way by the Rudges of Handley and Tyrell-Smith, establishing a new lap record of 78.62mph as he fought off Handley to win with two minutes to spare.

There was a big surprise in the Lightweight, where Rudge were expected to rule supreme. Instead a real outsider, New Imperial rider Leo Davenport, overcame the Rudge challenge presented by Graham Walker and Handley to secure a famous victory. He was in fifth place at the end of the first lap, but fought back to lead by the sixth.