Untangling History -Sorting the winners from the also ran's - Tom Phillis
 
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 You would think I'd know without a doubt which races my father had won. After all, I have privileged access to his trophies, photos and letters as well as hundreds of slides and many glowing family memories. 
You would think I'd know which races he was in and whether he had come first, third, or 27th. You'd be entitled to think I'd know all about his career in Australia -but it's not that simple ...

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Auto Cycle Union of Victoria, Victorian TT, All Powers Solo, 11-2-62
Just for example, take this sash from Phillip Island. It names an award but is it an actual race, or, Is the All Powers Solo 11-2-'62 an amalgum of other races? Also, Mum says they only gave out sashes to the first three place-getters. But which colour belongs to which place?   Do the sashes belong with a trophy?
You can see where I'm going with this. Many trophies raise more questions than they answer. 
So far I have had help from family, some records and from the unfailingly helpful Don Cox, but there is an awful lot to put in context.
Buy in with any comments, leads or stories and we'll try to untangle some history.
Jessie
10/5/2011 23:08:39

I just wanted to thank you so much for doing all of this. It is so exciting for me to find out more every time the website is updated. I have been fascinated since I first saw him in the Motorcycle Heros book. I love sharing this website with the girls to show them their great grandfather. I would love to see some personal memories on here too.

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Robert Cannell
1/6/2012 03:26:17

Hi!,not sure if your Debs or Braddan?
I seen your Dad race here(I-O-M) in the early 60`s & was,& still am,a big fan of his,he was a very talented rider.I was a young lad of about 16(mountain marshall) when I first saw him race here & we were all gutted on June 6th 1962.I live In St John`s Isle-Of-Man,about 1 mile from Laurel Bank,every time I pass there,& thats very often,even to this day,I think of him! A true sportsman & brilliant rider,still held in affection to this day....I bet your rightly proud!!? I have done my own tribute to him via a page on Facebook,a little background info,& some pics etc(just started it)You will find it under "Tom Phillis athlete."Any little titbits your could give me for this page would be much appreciated! All the best to you & yours for 2012!
Rob Cannell.

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Debra Phillis
1/14/2012 02:15:47

Mum talks of the Marshalls with admiration even after all this time. You have a great history yourself. As far as info for Tom Phillis, Athlete goes, how about starting with the list of "Firsts" on the Statistics page? And the 1961 Grand Prix spreadsheet on that same page should be downloadable. Thanks, Rob, for the Facebook page on my Dad. I am rightly proud and so pleased to see the interest even after so long. Debra Phillis

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Robert Cannell
1/6/2012 03:31:22

Sorry Debra,just seen you are the author of this site,I suppose the morral is read EVERYTHING,before posting comments.lol.cheers!

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Rob Cannell.
1/12/2012 11:55:19

I notice You have your Dad`s birth year as 1932? His plaque at the Douglas Cemetary says it was 1934(I have picture of it on his face book page),e mail me if you want a copy,if your not on f/b.
Rob.

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Debra Phillis
1/14/2012 02:18:46

Oh! How embarrassing! Date has been corrected now. Thanks Rob

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Robert Cannell
1/14/2012 05:39:07

Hi Debra,
As you are aware your Dad`s teamate in 62 was Bob Mcintyre,he too had a daughter about your age(Eleanor) though he never met her.I am trying to find her,as she might have some pics of the pair of them,or a few interesting titbits.Bob Mac,did the first 100mph lap at the TT,on a Gilera in 1957,it`s top speed was around was around 160mph,with 4 cylinders for extra accelleration etc,your Dad did it on a 2 cylinder Norton Domiracer,with pushrods,which were on their way out because of slower performance, it had a top speed of only around 120mph.I rate it the best lap of the TT course in a senior race ever!!
Cheers! Rob.

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Ross Hannan
1/29/2012 13:10:08

Stories of Tom and others gave me the longing to go and race in Europe.
This website will tell others about his determination and ability that has not been reported in later years.
Thanks for bringing our history up to date congratulations and keep up the good work.
Ross Hannan

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Les Virtue
4/20/2012 04:23:51

Hi have been reading some of your information I can add and correct some items, firstly the All Powers was a race usaully ran towrds the end of the days racing which allowed any capacity of motor to compete ie,350,500,1100. I also noted in the list of 100 events that there are no races for Longford Tas. 1961 when Tom won at least 3or4 races, I was competing at the same time.
Regards Les Virtue

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I met Tom at a film night, hosted by East Malvern MCC, probably late 50's. He was a quiet-spoken, friendly, thorough gentleman.Saw him ride on many occasions, a beautiful, smooth style. Was gutted when heard the news from the 62 TT. Keep up the good work, he deserves it.

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8/14/2012 07:09:26

Hey, yeah, as a 14yo i saw Tom race & win at Longford in Tas, was sooo impressed with watching him ride down & through the railway viaduct.
Think i still have the program, also the purple ribbon was for a win in those days & guessing it would have been from Phillip Island. I received one a few years later for a 125cc class win.

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Ian
8/14/2012 07:10:06

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Glynnis Bell
11/2/2012 09:24:11

Hi Debbie, I of course have no info for you but have you asked mum (Aunty Margaret) I'm sure she may remember something especially during the early years. I'll ask her and see if she knows or has anything for you.
Graham loves telling anyone who will listen that he is related to Uncle Teddy, so do I.

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