Cecil Charles Sandford

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Cecil Charles Sandford

double act

David E Langford his series on Oxfordshire motorsport who have inspired his work

still owns the MOV Velocette

In the the Italians made huge advances in motorsport. A stunning of their engineering skill was the V8 500 GP motorcycle built by Moto a family company founded by Guzzi in the 1920s.

Maintaining engineering tradition, the modern company Agusta became manufacturers in aviation, but in 1950 the of the dynasty Count Domenico was somewhat preoccupied with potential world champions for his Prix motorcycle racing

Based at Gallarate under the ‘Meccanica Verghera,’ MV Agusta rising stars, soon to the European road race at a time when most GP were public roads closed for racing.

One of Agusta’s first recruits to stardom was Cecil Charles a young carpenter from who now lives in retirement a few miles of Woodstock.

In 1952, he became first world champion, a trend that would for the factory over the next 25 Following Cecil Sandford’s MV Agusta became the number one for all subsequent top riders.

Names Surtees, Hailwood and Agostini all of Grand Prix racing accumulate a total of 38 world and 37 manufacturers’ titles during employment with the team.

At the age of 19, showed remarkable talent the beginning of his career after a 250cc Triumph from Taylor (his future a motorcycle dealer from on Stour.

He rode the motorcycle to and from as well as competing with it in scramble and grass track Road racing was not on his original until Arthur supplied him an MOV Velocette, and later KSS and KT1 Vetocettes, on he was entered for the 350 (junior) TT.

Cecil owns the MOV. My photograph, earlier this year, him with the 250 MOV Velocette. On the seat of the are his two Isle of Man Tourist Trophies, and Internationale Motocycliste gold for winning the 125 and 250 World Championships.

The of Man Tourist Trophy (TT) have always been the challenge for any professional rider the event began nearly 100 ago in 1907. To learn the TT course, took a few trips around the on a tour bus, followed by practice on a road bike.

Racing the 250 Mondial

During the technical problems forced an retirement. However, in the 1949 Grand Prix he was fifth in the race. In 1950, the British AJS Prix team offered him a 350 ride in the Ulster and Italian GPs the first 500cc world Les Graham.

The Isle of Man Tourist (TT) races have been the ultimate challenge for any rider since the event nearly 100 years ago in 1907. To the TT course, Cecil took a few around the circuit on a tour followed by more practice on a bike.

1952 brought Sandford his first works with MV on their 125cc and his first TT victory followed by his own, as well as MV’s championship by the end of the season.

MV Agusta 1100 Grand Prix

Leo Graham, a pragmatic ex-RAF was umental in the management of the MV team. He had recruited by Agusta from the AJS and was responsible for taking Cecil his wing. Sales of MV Agusta bikes doubled as a result of Sandford’s Grand Prix rate.

Tragically, Les Graham was in a later senior TT race. The happened at Bray Hill, the 140 mph drop after the start and line in Glencrutchery Road, Cecil claimed that Leo running the team everything at MV to pieces.

This sad event, with the inevitable internal associated with racing, a rethink of possible teams to forces with.

He raced Moto Guzzi, along team mate and friend Lomas. Further success with the German DKW team, their phenomenal three-cylinder engines.

Eventually, he joined the Italian factory, with whom he won the crown in 1957 his second championship.

My illustration above Cecil at the pinnacle of his career, the 250 Mondial through the streets in on his way to victory in the 250 lightweight TT his second win on the of Man in his second world championship

Soon after this win after ten successful years of he retired when Mondial from racing.

He married Taylor’s daughter Pat, and his father-in-law’s motorcycle business, Pat and have two sons, Ian and Mark. Now a fit Cecil Charles Sandford’s has turned full circle. In his he makes beautiful furniture a to his first occupation as a carpenter.

This story is dedicated to the of James W Langford and Geoff

June 2006 Oxfordshire Edition 31

MV Agusta 1100 Grand Prix

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