Considered among the greatest road races in the world, the International Tourist Trophy events on the Isle of Man are under way again this weekend, and competitors are well into practice on the tricky Manx Circuit.
Considered among the greatest road races in the world, the International Tourist Trophy events on the Isle of Man are under way again this weekend, and competitors are well into practice on the tricky Manx Circuit. Since 1911 the Isle of Man has been the venue for the classic "TT" races, and apart from the finishing section, the course has covered the same route ever since; the years have seen improvements to the surface, and today the track covers thirty-seven and three-quarter miles. Because the TT events are being raced "around the Houses", roads are being closed to the public for the practice week, mainly in the early mornings and early evening periods. The actual races will be staged on Saturday, and next week, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
This year about two-hundred and fifty riders and another one-hundred passenger riders in sidecar events are taking part. Most are British competitors, but this year there are riders from Germany and other European countries, from a number of Commonwealth countries, and from the United States.
SYNOPSIS: The tranquillity of the Isle of Man will be shattered this weekend, at the start of one of the world's greatest motorcycle racing events - the International Tourist Trophy for Motorcycles. With the first races under way on Saturday (2 June) competitors are well into both preparation and practice around the tricky Manx circuit. The behind-the-scenes work at the T.T. races has become an event in itself, and this week the paddock and service workshops have been scenes of intense activity. Participation is heavily sponsored by manufacturers and oil companies; the Isle of Man Government, through the Tourist Board, has contributed about 35-thousand pounds towards running the races.
The T.T. events are raced "around the houses", and roads are being closed to the public for the practice week, mainly in the early mornings and early evening periods.
Since 1911, the isle of Men has been the venue for the classic T.T. races, and apart from the finishing section, the course has been the same ever since. It covers thirty-seven-and-three-quarter miles.
Klaus Enders - three times World Champion - is one of eight German riders in the 750cc Sidecar class. This year's Tourist Trophy races have attracted about three-hundred-and-fifty competitors.
Speeds of around one-hundred-and-fifty miles-an-hour are seen along the straights, but the ??? 204 curves and corners are an equal strain on both riders and their bikes. Mike Hallwood's 1967 lap record -- one-hundred-and-eight-point seven-seven miles an hour -- still has to be beaten.