|Stanley ca.1922, on the Cotton which he competed in the Junior TT, placing 5th in his first race|
Woods began racing in 1921 on his father's 'workaday' Harley Davidson (dad was a salesman and used the H-D to visit customers) in sprints and amateur handicap races. After visiting the Isle of Man that year as a spectator, he declared "I can do that" and secured a Cotton-Blackburne (above) for the 350cc class in 1922, when he was but 17 years old. After literally crashing (twice) and burning (the Cotton caught fire in the pits), Woods still managed 5th place, with, at the end, no brakes! Cotton's initial horror at his youth was replaced with optimism after such a determined result, and he rewarded their faith by winning the Junior TT for Cotton in 1923, the first in his string of ten wins on various makes at the world's premier road circuit.
|Woods' Moto Guzzi mechanic's jumpsuit|
|Stanley's tux! Included with 2 bowties and 3 shirts...|
|A photo from Stanley's scrapbook, ca.1923 at the Isle of Man|
|Woods' racing bibs and gloves...|