W.G. Wright and his 1936 Mannequin 30 Norton


JdK– Martin in Walsall within the UK contacted us about his 1936 Mannequin 30. “I lately bought a 1936 SOHC Norton. The bike got here from an property clearance in South London and appeared to have been used as a restaurant racer. Upon trying on the Norton despatch data it’s listed as racing specification and was offered by way of Ron Harris’s store in Maidenhead to W.G. Wright from Peterborough who then entered the Ulster grand Prix a couple of weeks later and got here third. The subsequent racing occasion I’ve discovered him at is Brooklands the place he gained the 1937 mountain championship race. Other than these two races I’ve no different data on W.G. Wright. 

As for the bike I’ve the unique petrol tank, oil tank and gearbox and intend to do an oily rag restoration. The body, forks gearbox and engine all bear the right numbers as confirmed within the despatch data held on the VMCC.The worst half seems to be the unique crankcase which is kind of badly corroded attributable to moisture, an incredible disgrace so ought to any of your readers have a spare set of longstroke magnesium circumstances I’d be very . Anyhow I enclose an image of the bike as discovered and an image of W.G. Wright on the bike at Brooklands equipped by Niel Allman who helps me with particulars of originality. So if anyone may assist with magnesium circumstances this may be tremendously appreciated.

I additionally hope somebody can shine a light-weight on W.G.Wright. He has a small point out in Norton’s 1937 and 1938 brochure, for his achievements at Ulster and Brooklands and in spite of everything he managed to purchase a model new race bike by Ron Harris, so he was an up and coming racer it seems. Perhaps the second World Conflict completed his motorbike racing? Or perhaps he simply wasn’t that good? Hopefully somebody might know the solutions and are available ahead with some data on a younger racer that attempted his finest however by no means made works rider standing.”

PS. Simon stories that, as an afterthought, he has had a take a look at some scans of programmes of Donington occasions within the late thirties. W.G. Wright is proven as competing on a Norton.  He apparently got here from Peterborough.  Not a lot assist actually!