Charles Archibald Cecil "Archie" Birkin
(30 March 1905
– 7 June 1927
) was a British motorcycle
racer, brother of Tim Birkin
, one of the "Bentley Boys
" of the 1920s.
Background and family
He was born into a wealthy Nottingham
family in 1896. He was the son of Sir Thomas Stanley Birkin, 2nd Bt. and Hon. Margaret Diana Hopetoun Chetwynd.
During an early morning practice session for the 1927 Isle of Man TT
, Archie Birkin swerved to avoid a fish-van travelling to Peel
and collided with a wall and was killed. The corner in Kirk Michael
on the A3 primary road where the accident occurred was renamed 'Birkins Bend.' From 1928
practice sessions for the Isle of Man TT Races and Manx Grand Prix were held on closed-roads.