Eric Fernihough

Eric Crudgington Fernihough (17 February 1905 23 April 1938) was a British motorcycle racer.

Eric Fernihough
Born(1905-02-17)17 February 1905
Birkenhead, United Kingdom
Died23 April 1938(1938-04-23) (aged 33)
Budapest, Hungary
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Isle of Man TT career
TTs contested1 (1927)
TT wins0


In 1927, Fernihough made his only participation in the Isle of Man TT, finishing thirteenth in the 250 cc Lightweight TT.[1]

In the first half of the 1930s, Fernihough took part in many international races for the Excelsior Motor Company. In April 1930 he won the North West 200 race in Northern Ireland in the 175 cc category. In the Belgian Grand Prix of the same year, Fernihough finished second to the local rider Yvan Goor.[2] In September 1930, he won the UMF Grand Prix in Pau, France.[3]

In June 1931, Fernihough won his second UMF Grand Prix in the 175 cc category and with it the title of European Champion.[4][5] That year he also won the Belgian Grand Prix and the 250 cc category races at the North West 200 and Swedish TT.[2]

In 1932, Fernihough won the 175 cc races at the Dutch TT, the UMF Grand Prix and the Belgian Grand Prix.[6] 1933 saw Fernihough and Excelsior win their fourth consecutive UMF Grand Prix in the 175 cc class.

In 1935, riding a Brough Superior, Fernihough improved the lap record at the Brooklands circuit, one of the fastest tracks of the time, to 123.58 miles per hour (198.88 km/h).[7]

In 1936, Fernihough set a new motorcycle land-speed record for solo motorcycles over the flying mile on a Brough Superior at a speed of 163.82 miles per hour (263.64 km/h). The following year, he improved the record using a supercharged 1000 cc J.A.P. engine, upping the flying kilometre record to 169.79 miles per hour (273.25 km/h). He also set a new record for sidecar motorcycles at 137 miles per hour (220 km/h).[8]

Fatal accident

On 23 April 1938, Fernihough crashed while attempting to break the motorcycle land-speed record at Gyón, Hungary.



  • 1931 – 175 cc European Champion on an Excelsior

Race wins

(yellow background denotes that the race determined the European Championship)

1930175 ccExcelsiorNorth West 200
175 ccExcelsiorUMF Grand PrixPau
1931175 ccExcelsiorIII. North West 200
175 ccExcelsiorUMF Grand PrixMontlhéry
175 ccExcelsiorBelgian Grand PrixSpa-Francorchamps
250 ccExcelsiorSwedish TTOnsala
1932175 ccExcelsiorNorth West 200
175 ccExcelsiorDutch TTCircuit van Drenthe
175 ccExcelsiorUMF Grand PrixReims
175 ccExcelsiorBelgian Grand PrixSpa-Francorchamps
1934175 ccExcelsiorUMF Grand PrixDieppe




  1. "Race Results: Eric C Fernihough". The Official Isle of Man TT Website. Duke Marketing Ltd. Retrieved 2 June 2010.
  2. Glon, Vincent. "L'Histoire de la course moto – Palmarès des Championnats d'Europe (1924–1937 et 1947–1948)". Racing Memo (in French). Retrieved 2 June 2010.
  3. Glon, Vincent. "L'Histoire de la course moto; 5ème partie: Les Grand Prix d'Europe. (1924–1937); 1930". Racing Memo (in French). Retrieved 2 June 2010.
  4. Ottinger, Stefan (2009). DKW Motorradsport 1920 - 1939 ; von ersten Siegen des Zschopauer Zweitakters bei Bahnrennen bis zu den Europameisterschafts-Erfolgen (in German) (1 ed.). Chemnitz: HB-Werbung und Verlag GmbH & Co. KG. p. 50. ISBN 978-3-00-028611-7.
  5. Glon, Vincent. "L'Histoire de la course moto; 5ème partie: Les Grand Prix d'Europe. (1924–1937); 1931". Racing Memo (in French). Retrieved 2 June 2010.
  6. Glon, Vincent. "L'Histoire de la course moto; 5ème partie: Les Grand Prix d'Europe. (1924–1937); 1932". Racing Memo (in French). Retrieved 2 June 2010.
  7. "Brooklands Motoring History". Archived from the original on 5 December 2009. Retrieved 2 June 2010.
  8. Cathcart, Alan. "Szene: Brough Superior 8/75 SS 100 – Der große Hammer". (in German). Retrieved 2 June 2010.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Yvan Goor
175cc Motorcycle European Champion
Succeeded by
Carlo Baschieri
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