On the go: The Tourist Trophy on the Isle of Man

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On the go: The Tourist Trophy on the Isle of Man
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On the go: The Tourist Trophy on the Isle of Man

On the go: The Tourist Trophy on the Isle of Man

On the go: The Tourist Trophy on the Isle of Man

On the go: The Tourist Trophy on the Isle of Man

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1974: Helmut Dahne in action on the BMW r 75 in the production class; he finished second.

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1967: Mike Hailwood wins his last Senior TT, as in the previous year, on the difficult-to-tame four-cylinder Honda RC 181.

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1912: Senior TT winner Frank Applebee passes the gate of Kate ?? s Cottage.

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In 1969 Klaus Endres (here with co-driver Engelhardt) won the TT as well as in 1970 and 1973.

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In 1966, Max Deubel and Emil Horner only stayed in second place, but in 1961, 1964 and 1965 they were at the top of the podium.

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In 1950 the Norton works team landed a triple victory on the new featherbed Nortons with the new star Geoff Duke in front of Artie Bell and Johnny Lockett. At 150.2 km / h, Duke also sets a new course record.

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1938: Harold Daniell wins the Senior TT on Norton and set a new lap record with an average speed of 146.4 km / h.

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1913: Tim Wood crosses the finish line as the winner of the Senior TT. The start / finish was at the highest point on Bray Hill. Wood also increased the lap record to 83.9 km / h.

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In 1933 the Norton team landed a triple victory in the senior TT with Stanley Woods, Jimmy Simpson and Tim Hunt.

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2002: David Jeffries wins three races: Senior, 100er Production and F1.

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… In a new record time, he is the first foreigner to win the Senior TT on the Kompressor BMW in front of his British teammate Jock West.

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1990: Joey Dunlop pushes the Formula 1 Honda here to one of his 26 T victories.

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In 1953 Werner Haas took second place behind Fergus Anderson in the Moto Guzzi in NSU in both Lightweight TTs, but in 1954 he clearly won ahead of his team mate Rupert Hollaus.

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1939: Georg Meier …

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1927: Alec Bennet wins the Senior TT and drives his first victory on a Norton vertical shaft.

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1978: Mike Hailwood’s legendary comeback on Ducati in Formula 1 racing.

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1957: Bob Mc Intytre (Gilera) leads at Govenors Bridge in front of John Surtees (MV Agusta).

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1995: Joey Dunlop wins the senior TT race on the Honda RC45.

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In 1964 Mike Hailwood wins his third senior TT. In 1961 he took his last win on a single cylinder, a Norton Manx. From 1963 to 1965 he won in succession on the four-cylinder MV Agusta, and in 1966 and 1967 on the big Honda Four.

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1926: Stanley Woods is thievingly happy about his victory in the Senior TT on the Norton Model 18 with a bumper motor. He won in a new record time with an average speed of 108.7 km / h. The top speed was about 145 km / h.

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1907: The winner of the two-cylinder class, Rem Fowler, is happy with James Norton.

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1992: Steve Hislop surprisingly wins the Senior TT on the Norton 588 with a rotary engine.

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1976: Phil Read jumps over the Ballaugh Bridge in the production class with the standard Honda CB 400.

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1909: Eric Meyers with the two-cylinder two-stroke Scott on the St. John’s course, which was operated until 1911.

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1938: Ewald Kluge is the first German to win the Lightweight TT on a cargo pump DKW; Lap record 129.3 km / h.

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1954: The NSU works team warms up the 125cc racing jackets.

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In 1966, the Englishman Stuart Graham was allowed to drive the six-cylinder factory Honda for a few races and finished second in the lightweight TT behind his team-mate Mike Hailwood.

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Timeless: A myth can be sent all over the world.

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1954: Cecil Sandford at the start of the Junior TT, in which he finished fourth with the three-cylinder DKW.

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Once in a lifetime … For many motorcyclists, the Tourist Trophy on the Isle of Man is at the top of the wish list. But be careful: Anyone who witnessed the legendary street race and the hospitality of the “Manx People” has enjoyed, want to come back. Each year…

Jorg Lohse

08/05/2010

A broad grin runs through Nigel’s weathered face. The Sector Marshal is responsible for the marshals in Parliament Square in Ramsey and gives final instructions to his crew. It’s Saturday, shortly before eleven. The superbikes are scheduled to start in the first race of the 2010 TT in one hour. Phil, Garry, Stanley and Emma set up the barriers and align the thick foam mats that the drivers in the “worst case” offer some protection from an overly hard impact. the “Orange Army”, As the route safety is called here in the vernacular, the job was done within minutes. And suddenly 60 kilometers of previously normal road on the Isle of Man have been converted into a race track. Bad for those who want to quickly cross the street to the neighbors. The Orange Army is in charge until the end of the race. The clock is ticking backwards until the official start time, and the standing areas at the barriers are slowly filling up. That is particularly popular “Swan” with its shady garden right on the 90-degree bend of the route. But the Total and Shell refueling facilities in town are also well attended, as they ensure a clear view as well as a supply of well-chilled drinks.

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Nigel makes his way through the crowd with a small bucket, numerous coins quickly jingling into the container. Considered benevolently by Rudi Auen. The doctor from Bonn does voluntary work during the TT races: “These donations for the use of the three rescue helicopters are worth gold. As a rule, in the event of a crash, we can rescue the victim within five minutes and provide medical care.” Even in its 103rd year, the street circuit on the Isle of Man has lost none of its dangerousness. Narrow town passages, stone walls, curbs, trees and dense hedges characterize the picture, there are no fall spaces. Which is why the TT is always overshadowed by deaths. This year, any help came too late for the Austrians Martin Loicht and Paul Dobbs from New Zealand.


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Feel the heartbeat. You can’t be closer to the race than at the TT.

Even old hands like Karsten Schmidt from Wathlingen near Celle are not immune to serious falls. The Lower Saxony, battle name “SchmiTTi”, has started on the Isle of Man since 2003 and had starts in all classes at this year’s TT, including the TT Zero, the electric bike class. On the second day of the race, however, he lost control of his 600cc Honda at Barregarrow, a section of the track that was very fast at almost 250 km / h, and still has to receive intensive medical treatment. And nothing works this Saturday without a rescue helicopter.

Tough high fog hangs over Douglas and makes air rescue take-offs and landings impossible. The superbike race is therefore postponed hour by hour. The onlookers hardly care, most of them already know that the official schedule is dependent on the weather. You stand together in small groups, exchange the latest neighborhood gossip or just enjoy the sun, which is wonderfully shining from the sky in Ramsey. The entertainment for this is provided by Manx Radio, which echoes with the latest information from the pit lane through the loudspeakers over Parliament Square.

Only hours after the official start time does the Porsche roar past the route management and get the spectators moving. The race is just around the corner. The voice of the radio commentator rolls over as the bikes pass the start line at the TT Grandstand in the capital, Douglas, every ten seconds. Concentration is also the order of the day with Sector Marshal Nigel and his crew. Barely ten minutes later, the first bikes come in on the long Lezayre Road and just before the 90-degree bend in Parliament Square, they hit the ground running. The spectacle lasts for two hours, and even then it is only necessary to take a deep breath before the sidecars storm onto the track, in which the Austrian Klaus Klaffenbock with co-driver Dan Sayle is right in front.

It is late in the evening when Nigel and his squad from the Orange Army roll up the flags and put aside barriers. While race doctor Auen tomorrow “Mad Sunday” looks forward to (“Most accidents still happen outside of the race”), Nigel is happy to take the course with his brand new Aprilia RSV4: “See you tomorrow guys. Jumping over Ballaugh Bridge…

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Optimal travel time: 10 days – TT course length: 60.66 kilometers – Capital: Douglas – Area: 572 km2 – Founding: 1765 – Currency: Isle of Man pound – Population: 75,000.

The Tourist Trophy 2011 is still a long way off. But if you want to visit the legendary road race on the Isle of Man, you should start planning your trip now.

TT 2011:
The Tourist Trophy races traditionally always take place at the end of May / beginning of June. It starts next year on May 28th. In the first week the training runs are scheduled, in the second week the races start with one free day in between. The superbikes will contest the opening race on Saturday, June 4th. 2011 is also a special year for the TT: The mountain route (“Mountain Course”) turns 100 years old. All information about the event: www.iomtt.com

Getting there:
It is of course best to take the trip to the TT on your own bike to discover the Isle of Man on exciting tours away from the races. The best ferry connection is the night ferry from Zeebrugge in Belgium to Hull, then around 250 kilometers across to the west coast to Heysham. From there it goes by ferry directly to Douglas on the Isle of Man. The Zeebrugge-Hull crossing, including the cabin and motorcycle, costs around 500 euros there and back (booking via www.poferries.de). Tip: Dinner (“All you can eat”) book at the same time. The Heysham-Douglas crossing and back costs around 200 euros (booking: www.steam-packet.com). Those who prefer the short ferry connection Calais-Dover (from around 120 euros), however, have to cover another 550 kilometers by land to Heysham.

Accommodation:
The classic way to stay with family members is in Bed&Breakfast pensions. The quality of the accommodations is extremely variable. Those who rely on the bed they have made themselves are best placed to nestle in the campsites along the way. Tip for finding accommodation: www.gov.im. An alternative with wonderful British charm and excellent breakfast is on Harris Promenade in Douglas “The Sefton” (Single room from 120 euros, www.seftonhotel.co.im)

Watch:
Ask ten people and you will get twelve insider tips on where to watch the TT races. There is really no shortage of spectacular places: Whether you are on the (paid!) Main grandstand in Douglas or (relatively) lonely in the mountains. Our tips for both the races and the “Petrol chatter” on Mad Sunday: Parliament Square in Ramsey with a pub “The Swan” and a delicious fish and chip shop across the street. In good weather on the mountain route at “Gooseneck” and at the end of it the pub “Creg Ny Baa”. And on the evening of “Mad Sunday” a visit to “The Raven” at Ballaugh Bridge.

Organized trips:
The MOTORRAD action team is offering the no-wish-happy package for the TT From June 2nd to June 12th 2011 you will go with a tour guide to the races and on day trips across the island. Price: from 2290 euros; www.actionteam.de

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