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Kirkcaldy and District Motor Cycle Club celebrate success in Manx Grand Prix and TT race in 1933
Kirkcaldy and District Motor Cycle Club celebrate success in Manx Grand Prix and TT race in 1933

Information sought on photograph of one of Kirkcaldy motor club’s finest moments for forthcoming history of the club

This photograph, taken in 1933, shows former members of the Kirkcaldy and District Motor Club celebrating after winning the Manx Grand Prix team award in both junior and senior classes.
The magnificent achievement, on one of the world’s most notorious race circuits, is one of the highlights of the club’s history, and will be included when the history of KDMC is published in the near future.
The photograph shows, John Daniel Swanston, well known Kirkcaldy architect and founding member of the club; Sam Dodd, one of the club’s foremost pre-war sand racers; then two we have no names for. 
Peter Victory, in the white coat, owned a cycle agency in the Links area of Kirkcaldy, and competed in the Scottish Six Days Trial, fittingly as riding number 1. He was also “chief mechanic” to the KDMC team.
On the right is a rider named F. Young who appears in other photos in the club’s archives, and members would like to know more about him.
Jake Drummond, the club’s archivist, explained: “Mr Young is in a number of our photos and we are keen to find out who he was. We belive he may have been a shop owner in Kirkcaldy, and we hope some Press readers may remember him and be able to tell us more.”
Kneeling on the left is a “kent face” but the name is less well known. Again any information would be appreciated. 
Jack Leslie is next, and he was a member of the team which won the Club Team Award. Jack Blyth, son of Hawkliesmuir linen mill owner is second from the right kneeling alongside Sandy Gentles, of whom the club would also like to know more. 
Seated on the grass is Jack Blyth senior, with paper in hand, then, barely seen is A. Clark, who might have been a builder.
JK Swanston took second place in the senior race, and lastly, with his trademark Woodbine between his teeth, is Kinglassie hotelier’s son, Tommy McEwan, Fife’s most prolific Manx and TT rider.

Get in touch:

Jake Drummond, archivist with KDMC is the contact if you have any more info.

He said: “It may be that family members of those pictured are still around and I’d welcome contact with them on (01592) 650562.

“Likewise any photographs from any events over the years are sought for the archives, with volume one due for publication soon.”