Isle of Man TT on HDT 7/13 & 7/20
July 12, 2009 at 12:55 am #3132
HDT are showing the practice session from the Isle of Man TT tomorrow (7/13) and then the race the following week. I’ve only ever seen clips of the race before so this should be interesting.
For those who have not heard of it before it is a 37 mile road race around the Isle of Man. Here is a little flavor of what it is like…
July 12, 2009 at 2:09 am #20507EliasParticipant
aaammmnnnn….July 12, 2009 at 2:29 am #20508MunchParticipant
Very cool. Seems like that one spot is wheelie row? Man Mega… there’s something for you to aim for.July 12, 2009 at 3:15 am #20510yugen852Participant
It is nice to see how the sport has evolved. The gear and the bikes now are different from back then. Where is located the Isle of Man?
yugen852July 12, 2009 at 3:37 am #20511zeppelinfromledParticipant
It’s between the UK and Ireland.July 12, 2009 at 4:02 am #20512
I find it incredible that anyone can average 131mph over 37 miles of public roads. As you can see there is not a whole lot of run off between the quaint cottages and the 300 year old dry stone walls. What’s even more incredible is that for one Sunday afternoon they open part of the course to the public to go as fast as they like on. Growing up in the UK it became a yearly ritual of how many people died this year. Cue newsreel of drunken bikers hanging around the streets and then cut to scene of irresponsible hooligans racing through the streets. Obligatory interview with Miss Marple type local resident who is scandalized by the whole thing. I’m pretty impressed it is still going. Good to see something dangerous has survived into this sanitized age (of course the fact the island is semi-independent and relies on this event for a large chunk of its GDP might have something to do with that).July 12, 2009 at 6:58 pm #20532AmorylParticipant
man I hope the dude at the 3:48ish mark pulled it together…
I loved the begining where it looked like he was peeling off the protective covering of a new helmetJuly 14, 2009 at 12:36 am #20572EliasParticipant
“man I hope the dude at the 3:48ish mark pulled it together…”
NOPE!…it’s actually a pretty famous tank slapper…check it:July 18, 2009 at 11:15 pm #20737RabParticipant
I’ve already set my DVR to record this
Like eon, having also grown up in Great Britain, I’m very familiar with the Isle of Man T.T. (Tourist Trophy). For many years, it was the foremost motorcycle race in the world. Nowadays it’s something akin to a motorcycle rock festival. The racing is still central to the whole thing of course.
They release a DVD “review” of it every year (available from http://www.whitehorsepress.com etc.) which is well worth getting a copy of. Even if you don’t consider yourself a motorcycle racing fan, I think you’ll enjoy it for the spectacle alone.
As you can see from the preview, it’s quite different from anything you’ll see on e.g. “Faster” (which is also a good DVD btw). You’ll see these guys racing through leafy country lanes and sleepy looking villages at 160+ mph, sometimes just a few feet away from walls and houses, etc. The price of the DVD is worth it for the scenery alone
I have the 2004 “TT Official Review” DVD where the amateur John McGuinnes won just about everything.
Brilliant!August 25, 2009 at 3:55 pm #21915ranetteParticipant
I’ve watched every episode so far, definitely a unique event. One thing to ride at those speeds on a track another thing altogether when a little misjudgment puts you over a cobblestone curb, yikes!
One question for Eon, as I believe you’re originally from Scotland. Can you understand a freaking word these guys are saying? Especially Guy Martin; certainly seems like an interesting guy-at least from what I can make out from every 10th word that I can pick up.August 25, 2009 at 6:24 pm #21917
Hah, I have to admit I really struggle to understand that guy. Even some of the others I had to concentrate to understand. Made me think I’ve been away from the homeland too long. That and the fact I notice everyone has bad teeth.
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