Tim Pickering, one of the authors of the book "Franklin's Indians" and Chris Smith, of Motorsport Publications LLC ( www.ClassicBikeBooks.com ) have come up with this mini biography of Oliver Godfrey.
Godfrey failed to start in the 1912 TT, “Did Not Finish” in 1913, but was able to claim 2nd place in 1914. His TT record and other results at Brooklands Track in Surrey place him at the forefront of motorcycle racers in the pre-World War One period of competition.
Godfrey was a partner with 1912 Senior TT winner, Scott-riding Frank Applebee, in Godfreys Ltd, motorcycle retailers located at 208 Great Portland Street, London W1. This firm continued trading until the 1960s. A 1920 magazine advertisement laid claim to experience in all aspects of the motorcycle trade “including winning the 1911 and 1912 TTs”.
ow pasture for a runway, while the fliers and ground-crew all slept in tents. The squadron was equipped exclusively with single-seater fighter scouts called the Martinsyde "Elephant" G100 (
Godfrey was one of 252 crew and 800 planes lost during this 4+ month campaign; the RFC lost about 75% of its men in the battle. On the ground were some 750,000 casualties. Many of the pilots coming to France at that time were relatively inexperienced, deployed to replace downed airmen as fast as they could churn them out of the training schools.