European motorcycle championship 1931

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The titles of the European Motorcycle Championship in 1931 were awarded at the VIII. Grand Prix of the FICM , which was held on June 28, 1931 near Montlhéry ( France ) as part of the 12ème Grand Prix de l'UMF in the Autodrome de Linas-Montlhéry .

The European Grand Prix took place for the first time as part of the UMF Grand Prix .

As expected, the races were dominated by the British drivers and manufacturers. Originally 41 drivers were registered in the four classes, but only 21 took part in the races.

Race courses

In the 175 cc race only two starters reached the finish. After a race distance of about 250 kilometers, the Brit Eric Fernihough in an Excelsior won with a lead of about 30 seconds over the Belgian Yvan Goor in a DKW . Last year in Belgium it had the opposite finish at the 175 run.

Race results

class winner Second Third
175 cc United KingdomUnited Kingdom Eric Fernihough ( Excelsior ) BelgiumBelgium Yvan Goor ( DKW ) only two drivers reached the destination
250 cc United KingdomUnited Kingdom Graham Walker ( Rudge ) Ireland 1922Irish Free State Paddy Johnston ( Moto Guzzi ) Flag of Jersey (pre 1981) G. Boudin (CTS)
350 cc United KingdomUnited Kingdom Ernie Nott ( Rudge ) Ireland 1922Irish Free State Stanley Woods ( Norton ) BelgiumBelgium Fernand Renier ( Velocette )
500 cc United KingdomUnited Kingdom Percy Hunt ( Norton ) AustraliaAustralia Arthur Simcock ( OK-Supreme ) United KingdomUnited Kingdom Jimmie Guthrie ( Norton )



  • Steffen Ottinger: DKW motorcycle sport 1920–1939 . From the first victories of the Zschopau two-stroke model at track races to the European championship successes. 1st edition. HB-Werbung und Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, Chemnitz 2009, ISBN 978-3-00-028611-7 , p. 50 .

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