For two weeks only each year, the Isle of Man is home to the worlds greatest event, The TT race, TT standing for Tourist Trophy. Each year, riders from across the globe merge on this small island in the British isles to participate in the 200mph, 37 mile, edge of your seat, bumps, jumps, bends, obstacles, manhole, street race in order to try and get The Marquis de Mouzilly St. Mars Trophy which is presented to the winner of the Isle of Man Senior TT Motor-Cycle Race and to get their name inscribed on the trophy.
The Oxford Companion to World Sports and Games notes,
The oldest motor-cycle racing circuit still in use is the Snaefell Mountain Course over which the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy races are run. Starting at the town of Douglas on the south-east coast, the course takes a wide sweep to the west and north to enter the town of Ramsey on the north-east coast and thence return to the starting point, each lap measuring 37¾ miles (60.7 km) and taking in over 200 bends while climbing from sea level to an altitude of over 1,300 ft (396 m). This circuit is the epitome of the natural road course, all the roads used being ordinary public highways closed for the racing and practice sessions.
The event was part of the FIM Motorcycle Grand Prix World Championship during the period 1949–1976 before being transferred to the United Kingdom after safety concerns and run by the FIM as the British Grand Prix for the 1977 season. The Isle of Man TT Races became part of the TT Formula 1 Championship from 1977 to 1990 to preserve the event’s racing status. From 1989 the racing has been developed by the Isle of Man Department of Tourism as the Isle of Man TT Festival.
The 2007 Isle of Man TT was the Centenary event which ran between 26 May and 8 June 2007 and featured a special Re-enactment of the 1907 Isle of Man TT Race held on the village green next to Tynwald Hill in St John’s on Monday 28 May 2007. The vintage parade of 100 classic motorcycles for the Centenary Re-enactment on the original St John’s Short Course was flagged away by former World Motor-Cycle Champion Geoff Duke. The first of the participants to be flagged away was the recently restored twin-cylinder Peugeot-Norton ridden by Rem Fowler during the first Isle of Man TT Race in 1907. Also participating in the 2007 Re-enactment was TT race competitor Guy Martin riding a 1938 Triumph Tiger 100 500 cc and other former TT competitors including Alan Cathcart, Sammy Miller, Nick Jefferies and Mick Grant also completed the Re-enactment lap.
There are many popular areas all around the course with no Grandstands or facilities where fans watch the action every year – however, however access to areas is prohibited or restricted. For the ultimate Isle of Man TT experience you must watch at least one session from TT Grandstand in Douglas. This iconic building offers unrivalled views of the start/finish line and the 170mph-plus stretch as the racers complete one circuit and blast towards Bray Hill and another lap of the course. You also have clear views of the pit lane, where races have been won and lost, and the podium where the top three from each race will receive their trophies, laurels and champagne. The TT Grandstand is adjacent to the paddock, where you can watch the teams at work and meet some of the competitors. The Grandstand is also home to the scrutineering area, where you can watch the machines being inspected, press centre, where the top riders are grilled after each race, and much more. Behind the TT Grandstand you will find a wide range of refreshments on offer, toilets and shops selling TT and other motorcycle-related merchandise, including clothing, pictures, DVDs and more. There’s also ample parking within easy walking distance of the TT Grandstand.
Official Website – www.iomtt.com
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