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NORMAN BLACK A RENOWNED MOTOR CYCLE RACER AND RACING CAR DRIVER IN THE 1930's TO 1950's


Norman Black was a first cousin to Tom Campbell Black a Pioneer Aviator and joint winner of  the London to Melbourne MacRobertson Air Race in 1934. [Click link below to visit my dedicated site to Tom Campbell Black]  www.tomcampbellblack.150m.com

Norman's father was John Wycliffe Black 1862 - 1951 son of Robert Black 1821-1905 and Sarah Ann nee Wallis, brother of Hugh Milner Black who married Alice Jean McCullough, their son was Tom Campbell Black. These two cousins led very fast and adventurous lifes and achieved fame that lives on today in recorded history.

Norman Black was awarded the "Gold Star" in 1931 by the British Racing Drivers Club. This award was first awarded in 1929 and is still highly sort after today. [Lord Essendon and George Eyston were also awarded the the Gold Start that year.] Past Winners include: Stirling Moss, Jack Brabham, Denny Hulme and Jackie Stewart.

Above Photo: Norman Black. [Full name Arthur Norman Black] Source: A.E.N. [Tony] Black

Right, "Cigarette Card": Irish International Grand Prix, Dublin 1931, depicting Norman Black driving an MG Miget No. 32.

Highlights of Norman Black's Life:

Briefly attended Taunton School.  Left at approximately 13 years of age to work in his Father's Boot Factory in Leicestershire.  Initially a stretcher bearer in the First World War, he subsequently became a Motor Cycle Dispatch Rider. 

After the War he competed in eight Motor Cycle TT's and in many 6-day Trials, Speed Trials, Hill Climbs and won many cups & trophies on motor cycles in the period 1920-31.

In 1931 started in car competitions and races:

During 1931:

Awarded British Racing Drivers Club Gold Star  for best all-round performance of any driver.

RAC Tourist Trophy  Winner.

Irish International Grand Prix  at Phoenix Park  Winner.

Mont des Mules Hill Climb Winner.

Monte Carlo Rally Winner Barclays Bank Cup.

Tourist Trophy Race [TT] Ards. Winner

During 1932:

Mont des Mules Hill Climb. Winner.

Shelsey Walsh - MAC TT Cup. Winner

Brooklands 500 Mile Race.  Lucas Award

Monte Carlo Rally

French Le Mans 24 hour Endurance

During 1933:

Minimum racing due to business commitments.

Monte Carlo Rally

French Le Mans 24 Hour Endurance

During 1934:

English Rally, Bournemouth.  3rd Place

Scottish Rally.  3rd Place

24 Hour Race at Le Mans. Winner Light Car Class

Mannin Beg Race, Isle of Man. MG Magnette, Winner.

Monte Carlo Rally

French Le Mans 24 hour Endurance

During 1935:                                                                                           

Mainly concentrated on running Sprozens Ltd. (car dealership owned by Norman Black) in Berkley Square London. Awarded the Brooklands 120M.P.H. Badge for travelling the Brooklands track at 120 M.P.H., driving an Alfa Romeo. [Refer photo below.]

British Empire Trophy Race “Finishing Car”

Monte Carlo Rally

French Le Mans 24 hour Endurance

Mannin Beg Race, Isle of Mans

During 1936:

Last BRDC 500 driving a K3. Winner of the 1100cc class.

British Empire Trophy Race “Finishing Car”

Monte Carlo Rally

French Le Mans 24 hour Endurance

During 1937: 

French Le Mans 24 Hour Endurance Race.

During 1938:

Welsh Rally

RAC Rally

Scottish Rally

During WW2:

He worked as a Factories Inspector. 

Post War:

Works driver for Riley’s and Standard Triumph.  Close associate of Donald Healey sports car designer.

During 1947:

To be researched

During 1948:

12 Heures de Paris at Montlhery

During 1949:

Alpine Rally

Monte Carlo Rally

During 1950:

Monte Carlo Rally

[Source: Anthony E. N. [Tony] Black.]

Norman Black competed in the Tourist Trophy Race in Ards, Northern Ireland. He won the trophy in 1931.

The Tourist Trophy (TT) Races took place on the Ards Comber Dundonald circuit from 1928 to 1936. The country's most outstanding sporting event of the period, it regularly attracted crowds in excess of a quarter of a million people. Spectators were reminded of the handicapping system which was by means of credit laps or ballast, the 1100cc cars for example starting with three laps to their credit. A large notice board kept the crowd up to date with the race leaders and the first driver to complete 30 laps of the circuit was the winner. Car bonnets were painted different colours to denote the cars' class. At the first race in 1928, 44 cars lined up for the 12 noon start amidst scenes typical of the photo below [refer Norm Black's Photo Page]. Admission to the stand was 25 shillings for numbered and reserved seats and 15 shillings for unnumbered ones.

The inaugural race in 1928 was won by Dublin born, Kaye Don, in a race littered with a mixture of private and semi-works teams. Don's time of 5hrs 58mins. and 13 sec. saw him finish with an average lap time of 64.06mph, some 13 seconds ahead of Leon Cushmann who ran out of petrol as he crossed the line!

September 5th 1936 saw the first ever female entrants but sadly a tragic end to the TT races. In wet conditions, Jack Chambers lost control of his Riley and crashed into the crowd, killing eight spectators. The race did continue with most of the spectators unaware of what had happened but this tragedy brought an end to nine years of glorious racing over the Ards road circuit.

TT Race Results 1928-1936:   Year   First   Second   Third   Miles   Winner's speed (mph)

1928 K Don (Lea-Francis)   L Cushmann (Alvis)   H Mason (Austro-Daimler)   410   64.06

1929 R Carracciola (Mercedes)   G Campari (Alfa-Romeo)   A Frazer-Nash (Austin)   410   72.82

1930 Tazio Nuvolari (Alfa-Romeo)   G Campari (Alfa-Romeo)   A Varzi (Alfa-Romeo)   410   70.88

1931 Norman Black (MG)   M Borzacchini (Alfa-Romeo)   S Crabtree (MG)   410   67.90

1932 C R Whitcroft (Riley)   G E T Eyston (Riley)   E R Hall (MG)   410   74.23

1933 Tazio Nuvolari (MG)   H C Hamilton   T E Rose-Richards (Alfa-Romeo)   478   78.65

1934 C J P Dodson (MG)   E R Hall (Bentley)   T S Fotheringham (Aston Martin)   478   74.65

1935* F W Dixon (Riley)   E R Hall (Bentley)   Earl Howe (Bugatti)   478   76.90

1936 F W Dixon and C J P Dodson (Riley)   E R Hall (Bentley)   A P F Fane (Frazer-Nash BMW)   410   78.01

Norman Black raced in the French Le Mans 24 Hour Endurance Race. Records show he entered in the following years:

1932  MG Midget C, No. 32    1933  MG Midget J3, No. 38   1934  Singer 9 Le Mans, No. 48    1935  Singer 9 Replica, No. 50   1936  Race cancelled    1937  Singer 9 Le Mans, No. 51



Norman Black competed in the Tourist Trophy Race in Ards, Northern Ireland. He won the trophy in 1931

The Tourist Trophy (TT) Races took place on the Ards-Comber-Dundonald circuit from 1928 to 1936. The country's most outstanding sporting event of the period, it regularly attracted crowds in excess of a quarter of a million people. Spectators were reminded of the handicapping system which was by means of credit laps or ballast, the 1100cc cars for example starting with three laps to their credit. A large notice board kept the crowd up to date with the race leaders and the first driver to complete 30 laps of the circuit was the winner. Car bonnets were painted different colours to denote the cars' class. At the first race in 1928, 44 cars lined up for the 12 noon start amidst scenes typical of the photo below [refer Norm Black's Photo Page]. Admission to the stand was 25 shillings for numbered and reserved seats and 15 shillings for unumbered ones.

The inaugural race in 1928 was won by Dublin born, Kaye Don, in a race littered with a mixture of private and semi-works teams. Don's time of 5hrs 58mins and 13 secs seen him finish with an average lap time of 64.06mph, some 13 seconds ahead of Leon Cushmann who ran out of petrol as he crossed the line!

September 5th 1936 saw the first ever female entrants but sadly a tragic end to the TT races. In wet conditions, Jack Chambers lost control of his Riley and crashed into the crowd, killing eight spectators. The race did continue with most of the spectators unware of what had happened but this tradegy brought an end to nine years of glorious racing over the Ards road circuit.

TT Race Results 1928-1936
YearFirstSecondThirdMilesWinner's speed (mph)
1928K Don (Lea-Francis)L Cushmann (Alvis)H Mason (Austro-Daimler)41064.06
1929 R Carracciola (Mercedes) G Campari (Alfa-Romeo) A Frazer-Nash (Austin) 410 72.82
1930 Tazio Nuvolari (Alfa-Romeo) G Campari (Alfa-Romeo) A Varzi (Alfa-Romeo) 410 70.88
1931 N Black (MG) M Borzacchini (Alfa-Romeo) S Crabtree (MG) 410 67.90
1932 CR Whitcroft (Riley) GET Eyston (Riley) ER Hall (MG) 410 74.23
1933 Tazio Nuvolari (MG) HC Hamilton TE Rose-Richards (Alfa-Romeo) 478 78.65
1934 CJP Dodson (MG) ER Hall (Bentley) TS Fotheringham (Aston Martin) 478 74.65
1935* FW Dixon (Riley) ER Hall (Bentley) Earl Howe (Bugatti) 478 76.90
1936 FW Dixon and CJP Dodson (Riley) ER Hall (Bentley) APF Fane (Frazer-Nash BMW) 410 78.01

[1935* Refer to Norman Black's Photo Page in the side index for spectacular photos of Normans car being involved in a crash during the race.]

 



 

Norman Black raced in the French Le Mans 24 Hour Endurance Race

Records show he entered in the following years:

1932 MG Midget C, No. 32

1933 MG Midget J3, No. 38

1934 Singer 9 Le Mans, No. 48

1935 Singer 9 Replica, No. 50

1936 Race cancelled

1937 Singer 9 Le Mans, No. 51

Use the link below to see details of the entrants and race results.

www.formula2.net/index.html

THE LINKS BELOW ARE ADDITIONAL SITES RELATING TO THE RACING CAREER OF NORMAN BLACK.

The 1932 1,000 Mile Race at Brooklands. [Link below.]

www.brooklandstrack.co.uk/Race2/321k.htm

The Singer's Racing  History at Le Mans. [Below]

www.singercars.com/prewar/lemans.html

1934 International Trophy Race, Brooklands. [Below]

www.brooklandstrack.co.uk/Race2/34it.htm

1931 Double Twelve, Brooklands. [Below]

www.brooklandstrack.co.uk/Race2/31dt.htm

ERA Cars. [Below]

http://members.madasafish.com/~d_hodgkinson/ERAcars.htm

Singer Owners Club. [Below]

www.singeroc.free-online.co.uk/history.htm

IV Empire Trophy 1935. [Below]

www.formula2.net/V1935-04.htm

The Ards TT Disaster. [Below]

www.singercars.com/prewar/ards.html

The BRDC Gold Star. [Below]

www.brdc.co.uk/sub_page.cfm/title/The%20Gold%20Star/section/aboutus/editID/99

Ken Wilbraham's restored 1931 MG 'C' Type Monthery Miget [Brooklands Society] Car Driven by Norman Black during 1932. [Below]

www.brooklands.org.uk/reunion/r981.htm

The BARC 120 MPH Badge awarded to Norman Black in 1935. [Below]

BARC 120 mph Badge Brooklands CLICK HERE

MG's at Brooklands [Below]

www.mgenthusiast.com/MAYBROOKLANDS.pdf

BRDC GOLD MEDAL, NORMAN BLACK AWARDED. [Below]

www.normanblack.150m.com