Boxing Day 1927 the South Manchester Motor Club
organized a "Minature" TT race within the grounds of
Belle Vue. A course of about 1 mile was created mostly
on asphalt and concrete promissing "sharp turns and
bends but no abrupt hairpins or gradients. A report from
the event said that the races were in full swing when a
heavy squall of snow covered the ground and made racing
out of the question. "There were people who doubted
whether motor-cycle racing would be popular at Belle
Vue, but a view of the crowd which gathered yesterday,
despite the cold weather, would make them change their
minds. The grandstand was full, and there was a line of
people three or four deep all the way around the course
which was a mile in length. The crowd was estimated at
I.J. Needham being assisted from his machine after crashing.
Fearnley, riding a Francis-Barnett won the 175 cc race, Higson riding a Mongomery won the 250 cc race, Charlie Dodson won the 350 cc class on his Sunbeam. Half of the 500 cc race had been run when snow and ice made the course dangerous. Racing was abandoned that day but it was planned to resume at 1 p.m. the following day.
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