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A customer came into the shop with this ‘bracelet’ wanting a repair done on it saying it belonged to her grandfather. She said he raced the Isle of Man and was given one of the links for every year he raced. Can anyone confirm the story and shed some light on it? Cheers
 

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It's not anything "official", at least I have never seen or heard of any event giving away links or charms or even small plaques like that tied to events. It isn't uncommon for some older racers to come up with their own traditions to commemorate their seasons. I grew up with air racers whose events used to issue participant plaques, a lot of those guys made wall mounts for them, some made jewelry, one guy used to make stained glass jewelry boxes with the plaque centered in the lid. I've seen other racers make jewelry from enameled event pins - necklaces and rings and such.

If I had to guess - this was maybe a family tradition and represented each season he raced, not necessarily the venue. As it was pointed out WWII caused a lot of motorcycle racing to be cancelled, but not all of it, esp in the US.
 

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My father had a few that looked similar. I believe they were for speedway racing in Westham. Came with a pin they all hung from with the track logo on it. Like this.

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TT Supporters Club perhaps.... its similar, but not quite the same. If there is a TT connection, that might explain the war years. No races, but the club probably would have still functioned in some way.
You can find some for sale if you look around.
 

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The odd thing for me is the consecutive years 1944-45 etc on each tab, how many bike series/seasons straddle two years?
Good point. Suggests something like a winter sport? Over there , we know its not hockey, but maybe curling?
 

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I very much doubt it, even if there was a curling league, which I highly doubt as it's still very niche. WW2 caused most sports to cease at all but regional level, like football (soccer), rugby, cricket (a summer only sport).
More than likely it's something very specific to that person, maybe years as a club Secretary or something voluntary for a sport or pastime?
 

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Yea, thats cool. Dads has a bunch more years on his badge and his Hammers logo is a bit more rustic. My brother has it and only brings it out to make me jealous. There was a steel plate from Westham we had on the trailer for the speedway bikes but it grew wings.
 

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I would guess that its a retirement gift - Service 1936 to 1961.

The TT Riders Benevolent Fund would present badges to riders, also available to purchase by the public. These were available every year but i think they start post war. And as mentioned above no racing during the war years.

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