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The Olympic Trophy 1948
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Olympic Championship 1948

This was without doubt the most ambitious event of the year, being run over three meetings and with riders being handicapped to give all a chance of being in contention come the final meeting. The handicapping was devised by a committee made up of Pete Bell, Barry Shapley, Bob Garland and Bill Ritchie. There was also an entry fee of one shilling (five pence), which went towards the purchase of prizes. Generous donations were also recorded from Bill Ritchie, Red Monteith, Bob Garland and George Sutherland. Thank you Gents !

Thursday:

'Red' Monteith scored a maximum 15 points. Bob Garland, in one of his best performances ever, was close behind with 13 points. Bill Ritchie 12, George Sutherland and Pete Bell both scored 11. Johnny Weinman and Barry Shapley tied with 10 points each. Bonus points made a big difference. The handicappers had done their job well.

The leader at the end of the evening was Jack Fryer (who had a handicap of12 bonus points) with a total of18 points. 'Red' Monteith (with 2 bonus points) was second with17points. Howard Shaw with nine bonus points was third with 16 points. No fewer than five riders were tied for fourth place on 15 points, when bonus points were added in :- Howard Shaw (9), Bill Ritchie (3). Bob Garland (2), George Sutherland (4), Bill Roberts (8), Terry Wade (II). Scratch man, Pete Bell (0), was last with 11 points. However there were still two meetings to go!

Friday:

It was Bill Ritchie's turn to score a maximum of 15 points. Barry Shapley was hot on his heels with 14

points. Pete Bell had 13, 'Red' Monteith 11 and George Sutherland 10 points followed up.

The leaders at the end if the second stage were Bill Ritchie (3) with 30 points, 'Red' Monteith (2)

with 28, Barry Shapley (2) with 26, George Sutherland (4) with 25 and Pete Bell (0) with 24 points.

The bonus points system was still holding up well.

Saturday:

On the last night Pete Bell emerged as top scorer with 14 points. Next were 'Red' Monteith and Barry Shapley with 12 points each. George Sutherland and Bob Garland got 11 points each, while Bill Roberts, a relative newcomer, scored an excellent 10 points, as did Johnny Weinman, who had been just outside the leaders all along.

 

Riders Name

BPs

Thur

Fri

Sat

Total

Placing

K Fryer

12

6

5

3

26

10

T Wade

11

4

2

4

21

12=

R Patterson

9

3

6

3

21

12=

H Shaw

9

7

7

7

30

9

L Dick

8

 

 

 

20

14=

L Hutton

8

 

 

 

22

11

B Roberts

8

7

6

10

31

7=

L McIlwraith

4

 

 

 

20

14=

A Miller

4

 

 

 

20

14=

G Sutherland

4

11

10

11

36

5

J Weinman

4

10

9

10

33

6

W Ritchie

3

12

15

9

39

2

B Garland

2

13

5

11

31

7=

R Monteith

2

15

11

12

40

1

B Shapley

2

10

14

12

38

3=

P Bell

0

11

13

14

38

3=

 

After a run off Peter Bell beat Barry Shapley for third place.

 

 

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