Cecil Sandford

Cecil Charles Sandford ( born February 21, 1928 in Blockley, Cotswold, Gloucestershire ) is a former British motorcycle racer.

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Cecil Sandford began his career at grass track racing in his native England.

For the 1950 season it was a place in the works team of the British motorcycle manufacturer AJS, offered at the side of the reigning 500cc World Champion Leslie Graham. Sandford made ​​her debut with a fifth place at the Ulster Grand Prix in the 350 cc class in the motorcycle world championship. In 1951 he started on Velocette in the classes to 250 and to 350 cc.

For the 1952 season changed Cecil Sandford, as well as Leslie Graham, the team of the Italian manufacturer MV Agusta, for which he took up in the 125 cc class. Sandford won three of the six races held and achieved two third places. He was superior in front of the Italian Carlo Ubbiali world champion and brought MV Agusta the first of today 38 drivers' championship titles.

1953 did not make it Sandford to defend his world title. Behind the German Werner Haas at NSU, he became Vice World Champion of 125cc.

After an eighth place in 1954 in the 125 cc World Championship Cecil Sandford joined the 1955 season to Moto Guzzi, for which he uses the third and at the 350ern fifth place in the World Championship in the 250cc import. In 1956 he went to FB Mondial and DKW at the start.

In the season 1957 Cecil Sandford was then able to win his second world title. He won the Tourist Trophy on the Isle of Man and the Ulster Grand Prix in Northern Ireland and won superior to the 250 cc title in front of his FB Mondial fellow Tarquinio Provini. Because of the rising costs retreated at the end of the season 1957 FB- Mondial and some other Italian manufacturers in the world championship back, so also Cecil Sandford decided to end his career at the end of the season.



Isle-of -Man TT victories

In the World Motorcycle Championship