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Andrew James Guthrie

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Andrew James (Jimmie) Guthrie (23 May 1897 – 8 August 1937) was a Scottish motorcycle racer, of A. and J. Guthrie, Hawick, Scotland.

1897 Born in Hawick.

Educated at Hawick High School.

Career: joined Army (in 1914) after serving apprenticeship.

Joined brother, Archibald, in business as motor engineers.

A motor-cycle garage proprietor and professional motor-cycle racer, Jimmie Guthrie was known as the “Flying Scotsman,” with a hard-charging motor-cycle racing style, winning 14 European Continental Grand Prix in a three year period 1934–1937 out of a total of 19 European Grand Prix victories.

While racing with the works Norton motor-cycle team, Jimmie Guthrie won the 500cc FICM 500cc European motor-cycle championship for three consecutive years 1934–1937 and the 350cc category in 1937. During the 1930s, Jimmie Guthrie won the North West 200 race on three occasions and a further six wins at the Isle of Man TT races.

While leading on the last lap of the 1937 German Grand Prix, Jimmie Guthrie crashed avoiding a collision with another motor-cycle competitor and died later in hospital from the injuries.

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