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Freddie Dixon

A Yorkshireman born in 1892, Freddie Dixon started his racing career on motor cycles but later became known for his expertise tuning and racing Rileys which with their naturally power giving engine design presented great opportunities for enthusiasts lacking the sort of budget it took to buy and run Maseratis, Bugattis or later, E.R.A.s.

As well as tuning the engines he specialised in streamlined bodies and in 1934 he produced a number of long-tailed offset single seater, using one to with the Brooklands 500 Miles Race outright and take third place at Le Mans with Cyril Paul.

He won the Ulster T.T. in 1935 and then on 6th July headed a first, second and third Riley victory in the Brooklands British Empire Trophy at an average speed of 75.47 m.p.h., closely followed by Percy Maclure and Cyril Paul.

Come 1936 he was still on a high, winning the T.T. for a second time and the Brooklands 500 Miles Race. His young daughter Jean used to accompany him to many races and she is featured with him in a number of Brooklands Society archive photographs.

As the E.R.A.s got faster Dixon’s Rileys became outclassed but he continued his tuning work and was generally known as a smart engineer and entrepreneur in a number of car related areas, working on the Ferguson transmission system after the war. He died in 1956.

 

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