NOT A FACT BUT A WHIMSY, courtesy of Motor Cycle technical editor Vic Willoughby who, in a 1969 technical review of the blown Beemer that carried Georg Meier to victory in the 1939 TT, suggested: “Had the war been averted the 1940 Senior TT must have been one of the most thrilling ever, with supercharged multis entered by BMW, Gilera, Velocette and AJS, and probably by DKW and NSU too.”

ALL ROYAL NAVY DRs were women, mainly riding 250c BSA C10s and 11s and 350cc Triumph 3HWs and Royal Enfield WD/Cs. Of the 303 women who died on active service during the war, a third were DRs.