Tributes to 'inspirational' motorcyclist Pat Wise, first woman to finish Isle of Man TT

Jun 20, 2012 Full story: This Is Grimsby

Pat Wise became a household name among motor sport fans when she became the first woman to finish the world-famous Isle of Man TT, manning the Watsonian sidecar of racing legend Eric Oliver's Norton Dominator motorbike.

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Geoff Hill

Caistor, UK

#1 Jun 20, 2012
I certainly do not wish to detract from Pat Wise's motorsport career, nor create more anxiety for her family and friends in their grief. However, I cannot think she would have wished to mislead people. I am lead to believe that the first woman to complete an Isle of Man TT race was German, Ingeborg Stoll-Laforge when she finished 5th, as passenger for Frenchman, Jaques Drion in 1954 - four years before Pat's ride with Eric Oliver, when they finished 10th.
Graham Stoppani

Northampton, UK

#2 Jun 28, 2012
Just to clarify, Inge Stoll was indeed to first lady to compete at the Isle of Man TT in 1954. However, unfortunately due to mechanical failure she did not complete the race. The article was correct to say that Pat Wise was the first lady to complete the race. What a difference a single letter can make.
Graham Stoppani

Northampton, UK

#3 Jun 28, 2012
Following my last post I did a bit of further research on the IoM TT Results web site and Inge Stoll's DNF was in the 1957. In 1954 she came 5th in the sidecar event. So it looks as if she was indeed the first lady to compete in and complete the IoM TT.
Virginia Dodsworth

Grimsby, UK

#4 Jul 25, 2012
As Pat Wise was my auntie I would like to clarify matters futher.Pat Wise was the first British lady to complete the Isle of Man TT, and the Grimsby Evening Telegraph have made an error,this is not unusual!


Since: May 12

London, England

#5 Jul 26, 2012
my condolences.
motorbikes and Isle of Mann TT races rock.

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