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Posted on 03/17/2014 8:23:52 AM PDT by navysealdad
Between life and death there is madness and that madness is the Isle of Mann TT. The Isle of Man TT was for many years the most prestigious motor-cycle race in the world.
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Every year it produces some of the best 2-wheeled action to be seen. Ever.
Insane race, makes regular moto GP look like kids play!
I've seen footage though. And man, it looks crazy-dangerous!
Weather is clear. 45 today, 55 tomorrow.
I think my “Wing” may have to take flight.
(I hear it groaning softly in the driveway.)
(Don’t worry, I’ll try to keep it under 250kph on the first time out.)
“Every year it produces some of the best 2-wheeled action to be seen.”
Yep, the sidecar event is pretty cool also. Dude in the sidecar has got some nads, he isn’t just riding along he’s working the weight and balance all the time.
Looks as if Honda and Suzuki own this course of late.
dadgum, killed during parade lap.
I am shoveling snow.
(All Praise to Him!) God took most of our snow away over the weekend.
Only the big memorial piles left, some of which will no doubt be there well into June.
The roads are “holely” but clear.
This is the reason why most of the professional superbike racers will not run this race. Stone walls do not have a lot of give at 140 mph.
However, I look forward to watching it on TV every year.
I will bet you, this year it will be won by some guy named Conner with bad teeth.
I thought the races were usually held in May/June?
Something left off the list is the fact that the course is opened up every night after the end of the days racing, allowing the public onto the course, where there are no speed limits.
This results in quite a few “civilian” deaths every year as well.
The IoM TT used to be a part of the FIM F-1 world championship, and factory riders were expected to race it. Ago led a boycott of the race in the 1970s, and it was eventually removed from the schedule, as were the rest of the TT races.
What is interesting is the level of death and danger consistant over a 90 year history.
The NW 200 in Ireland has had 15 deaths since 1939. The TT on the Isle of Mann has had 240 deaths from 1907.
Balls of steel.
...besides the TT races...check out what they call the Irish road racing series..usually same riders..same excitement AND DARING.
I thought that there was another TT race in a place called Assen in the Netherlands.
Dunlop (the elder one) was also a big supporter of Romanian orphanages. I’m sure he’s sorely missed by them as well, although the charity lives on.
This results in quite a few civilian deaths every year as well.
I bet things haven't changed much.
As a teenager in 1965 I took the ferry from Liverpool to Douglas, IoM and saw the amateur version of the TT races, the Grand Prix races, run over the same course.
Lots of spectator motor bikes on the ferry, with all of them wanting a “go on the track” in the off hours. At that time I remember a few beheadings reported as bikes went off the track and through a farmers wire fence.
We walked out of town and camped on a farmers field next to the track. It was neat to wake up to the noise of the practice laps and the smell of burnt Castor oil...:^)
Douglas became a party town for the week, but was very well behaved since the birch was still the rule of law in the Isle of Man. A change from the drunken behavior of the current UK youth.
It certainly was a spectacle not to be missed, and seeing the bikes running at those high speeds down little country roads was quite amazing. Some of the houses on the track even had their front door step as the edge of the track - no sidewalk in the little villages.
Not to blow my own horn, but... http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/3134163/posts
Very Nice! I remember that post!
At least until recently, there were still quite a number of TT races, all over Europe. However, due to their danger, the major sanctioning bodies that handle MotoGP and World Superbike series don't participate in them. I do know that Assen has scheduled MotoGP and World Superbike races, but they're on a world class race track. I'm not sure if the Assen TT is raced on the track or roads.
FWIW, Joey Dunlop lost his life racing at in a TT in Estonia.