The inaugural Isle of Man Tourist Trophy Race – known as the TT – is held, with 25 starters for the first race, but fewer than half completing the course. It is the start of an annual event that will eventually become synonymous with Belstaff.

Clothing is certainly an issue – as Jack Marshall, who came second, remembered years later: ‘In an attempt to damp down the dust, officials sprayed the course with an acid solution. The acid got on our clothes, and in a couple of days, it looked as if the rats had been at our jackets.’