Isle Of Man TT – MHKS Fri, 14 Jan 2022 23:17:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Isle Of Man TT – MHKS 32 32 Ulster GP of Northern Ireland returns for centenary in 2022 Thu, 13 Jan 2022 19:34:00 +0000

Motorcycle road racing is back on the calendar in 2022. After two years of battling COVID-19 restrictions, the North West 200 will return on May 8, 2022 and the Isle of Man TT (IOMTT) will return on May 28 2022. While the IOMTT and the North West 200 have been in the lead for some time now, the Northern Ireland Grand Prix in Ulster is not a given.

Even before the pandemic wreaked havoc on road racing, the Ulster GP was struggling to pay its bills. As a result, the organization entered into a voluntary agreement to repay their £300,000 debt to creditors in 2019. Unfortunately, this resulted in the Ulster Grand Prix winners not receiving the promised prize after the 2019 event .

To help the struggling organization get back on its feet, former North West 200 Events Director Mervyn Whyte teamed up with road racing legend Philip McCallen to form the Revival Racing Motorcycle Club. Thanks to the organisation’s efforts, the Ulster Grand Prix is ​​set to return to the Dundrod Circuit of Northern Ireland for its 100th anniversary in 2022.

“We understand the unique appeal of the Ulster Grand Prix for riders and fans alike, and are delighted to bring racing back to this famous track,” the Revival Racing Motorcycle Club said in a statement released. “It’s been a very uncertain time for the sport due to the coronavirus and we can’t wait to hear the bikes hitting the flying kilo again this summer.”

In 2019, IOMTT winner Peter Hickman lapped the Dundrod circuit with an average speed of 136.4 mph. This top speed allowed the Ulster Grand Prix to snatch the “world’s fastest road race” from the IOMTT. As riders charge the “Flying Kilo” again in 2022, riders and fans alike are thrilled the show is back.

“For the fans and for the sport it’s good because, along with the Isle of Man TT and the North West 200, it’s one of the iconic road races with its own place in the calendar,” explained Ulster GP winner Lee Johnson. “One hundred years is a milestone for any major sporting event and to have the North West back but not ‘Ulster’ would have felt a bit odd.”

However, with the Ulster Grand Prix’s past financial problems, riders like Hickman and Johnson are reluctant to commit to racing at this time. Only time will tell if the best road racing talent will return to the Ulster GP grid, but the new series will release new details in the near future.

“We are indebted to the volunteers of the Ulster Grand Prix for their collaboration and hard work in bringing this famous race into its centenary,” the Revival Racing Motorcycle Club statement concluded. “More details on the week-long race week program will be announced soon.”

Dakar is quickly becoming a test bed for future technologies like sustainable fuels Thu, 13 Jan 2022 00:15:00 +0000

DAKAR is great fun. Along with the Isle of Man TT, it’s probably the craziest motorsport race on the planet.

To win it, you need skill, courage and a bit of luck, as you race for hours through sandstorms and herds of camels in the vast desert.


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Then you start again the next day. And the day after. For 12 days.

But Dakar is quickly becoming a test bed for future technology as much as for a rider’s courage.

A small company called Prodrive – you may have heard of it – uses a 3.5 liter V6 from a Ford GT supercar in its Hunter buggy.

Sounds thirsty, doesn’t it?

In fact, it’s the greenest car on the starting line because it runs on what’s called second-generation biofuel — the main ingredient being agricultural waste — which cuts CO2 emissions by 80% compared to in gasoline.

In addition, there is no performance loss. Or range. And it’s not stupidly expensive.

I hope Boris and his buddies are reading this because my main point is that you can put that fuel in a Ford Fiesta right now.

Rather than pushing families towards expensive electric vehicles that aren’t for everyone, it seems shortsighted that politicians haven’t explored this eco-friendly fuel before telling us to buy a car with a plug.

Prodrive technical director David Lapworth said: “Take your average electric car, it takes around 70,000 miles before it offsets the amount of CO2 that was produced to make it.

“And even then, it’s not as green as you think because we’re still getting electricity from coal-fired plants. The fastest win is for sustainable fuels – and millions and millions of cars on our roads could be using it right now.

That’s not to say Lapworth is anti-EV. He is not. He just thinks the politicians of the world “have it all figured out”.

He said, “If the world was run by engineers, scientists, mathematicians, etc., you would say, ‘Well, power plants first.’


“Because 75% of CO2 comes from power plants, and it is the power plants that supply the energy for steel mills and factories, so we have to convert them first.

“Then we can continue with electric cars and LED lights, because they won’t produce masses of CO2 just to make them.

“There is nothing wrong with the world moving towards electric cars. They are a very good solution. They work very well. But it is a huge journey. And they ignore the fact that it there are other short-term solutions.

To put all this into perspective, Prodrive estimates that it will save 28 tonnes of CO2 per car by using sustainable fuels on the Dakar. It’s a lot.

And Prodrive uses three cars.

The fuel was co-developed with British company Coryton Advanced Fuels.

Coryton boss Andrew Willson said: “Sustainable fuels could be used in all cars that typically run on petrol or diesel.

“There is no need to modify the vehicles or the infrastructure surrounding the refueling.

“Given that we are in a climate emergency, why don’t we make these changes easier as we transition to fully electric vehicles?

“We continue to emit millions of tonnes of CO2 from our existing cars every year.”

Over to you, Boris.

Dakar is my Everest

PRODRIVE boss David Richards is an impressive man.

He won trophies in WRC, F1, Le Mans, BTCC and his former F1 team became Mercedes.

Prodrive boss David Richards says the Everest of motorsport is Dakar


Prodrive boss David Richards says the Everest of motorsport is Dakar

But the only thing missing from DR’s incredible resume is Dakar.

It’s his second chance, with superstar driver Sébastien Loeb piloting the magnificent Hunter T1.

DR said: “Everyone thinks the different car races are very special. Some say it’s the 24 Hours of Le Mans, it’s the Indianapolis 500, it’s the Monaco Grand Prix.

“But if you asked me, ‘What is the Everest of motorsport? What is the toughest, most demanding type of motorsport event in the world? “

“It’s the Dakar. Over 4,000 km on some of the most difficult terrain in the world. It’s extraordinary.

“Building a reliable car and finding drivers and co-drivers to drive it is just as difficult.

“So to win that, if we can win that year, that will be the ultimate feather in our cap.”

If you’re an old rally fan like me, you can see history repeating itself at Prodrive in Banbury.

A small privateer team taking on the big guys – and winning – then putting all that know-how into customer cars.

DR said: “This is just the beginning. We’ve developed a client car, the Hunter Hyper, which you can see in February. It is the ultimate off-road vehicle.

“If you wanted to cross the Sahara, this is the car you would use. If you want to cross Africa as quickly as possible, this is the car you would take.

“We are developing another customer version of this Dakar car, which will have slightly lower specifications, and then we are working on the next smaller car, the T3 car, which will be ready in 2024.

“For me, this is where the World Rally Championship was 30 or 40 years ago. So I see this as a return to our roots.

It was good to see some old faces who have been with Prodrive since the Colin McRae/Subaru years.

  • Prodrive is currently second in the Dakar two days from the end.

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North West 200 back in 2022 after two years of absence Tue, 11 Jan 2022 06:00:00 +0000

The North Coast Reunion is scheduled to take place May 10-14 around the 8.9-mile Triangle course, with the event set to be the first major road race to take place since the Macau Grand Prix in November 2019.

All the big names are expected to return this spring, including 24-time winner Alastair Seeley, as well as fellow Ulster compatriots Michael Dunlop and Lee Johnston; Peter Hickman, TT and Ulster GP lap record holder; Dean Harrison in the new DAO Racing team and John McGuinness, who will make his Honda Racing UK Fireblade road debut alongside teammate Glenn Irwin.

The North West will offer many top riders the chance to get up to speed ahead of the Isle of Man TT, which is set to return this year for the first time since 2019.

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The North West 200 is scheduled to return May 10-14 after a two-year hiatus.

Stanleigh Murray, President of the Coleraine and District Motor Club and NW200 Race Director, also welcomed the news that fonaCAB and Nicholl Oils will remain on board as title sponsors for 2022.

“Although the pandemic has brought racing to a standstill for the past two seasons, the Coleraine and District Motor Club management team have worked hard to ensure that the structures and support that underpin the North West 200 remain in place. for the day when we are able to make this announcement, ”he said.

“We are delighted to have retained the support of our loyal title sponsors: having the support of fonaCAB and Nicholl Oils – two of the major companies in the province – gives us confidence as we plan the return of one of the major attractions sports in Northern Ireland.

The announcement follows last week’s confirmation of the opening of registrations for the Isle of Man TT – the premier motorcycle road racing event – raising expectations of a return to a calendar full this year after a barren period for the sport since the coronavirus pandemic brought road racing to a virtual standstill in 2020.

It is also hoped that the Ulster Grand Prix will resume its course this summer as efforts continue to secure the future of historic road racing at Dundrod.

A new company with former NW200 event manager Mervyn Whyte – who is now a consultant for the North West – and former great road racer Phillip McCallen at the helm has been formed to bring together the two biggest races on Northern Ireland route under one roof.

A bailout is being asked of the Northern Ireland executive after the Ulster Grand Prix fell into financial difficulty with the Dundrod and District Motorcycle Club in debt of around £ 300,000.

Last year, the club entered into a Corporate Volunteering Agreement (CVA) with its creditors, allowing it to repay part of the debts owed over a specified period of time.

As part of the funding proposal, a new Ulster GP would also feature classic motorcycle racing on the world’s fastest road racing course, where English star Hickman recorded the very first lap at 136 mph then that he won a record seven races out of seven starts in 2019.

Dundrod’s reunion would follow Man from Portadown McCallen’s Classic Bike Festival Ireland event at the Bishopscourt Racing Circuit in Co Down, with the aim of attracting many top classic racing teams to the Classic TT, which is usually held at the end of August. .


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What makes the Isle of Man one of Britain’s best cycling spots? Sat, 08 Jan 2022 06:06:00 +0000

Ask any cycling expert why the Isle of Man has produced so many branded cyclists and you will inevitably hear everything about its harsh terrain and climate. It’s true that this island’s position in the Irish Sea means windswept coastal roads and temperamental weather, but there are also miles of stunning countryside for visitors to feast their eyes on when they are in. move on two wheels.

Mark Cavendish aka the Manx Missile, the Isle of Man’s most famous cyclist, considers it one of his favorite places to ride a bike. For a small island that is home to around 85,000 people and where nowhere is more than an hour’s drive away, there is a surprisingly wide range of cycling options. In the north of the island, the flat country lanes spill over onto the sand dunes, while in the south there is a real mix of difficult climbs, fast descents and quiet single track tracks. According to Cavendish, there are around 300 miles of bike trails, not to mention mountain biking and gravel trails, including a trail that runs along an old railway line connecting the towns of Douglas and Peel.

For a taste of the rolling hills, roads and varied landscapes on offer, a circular route around the south of the island is a must, says Richard Fletcher, founder of Isle of Man Cycle Tours. Departing from the capital, Douglas, there are two popular options for pre-departure refueling and bike hire, if needed: Bikestyle, a bike / cafe shop located in an aesthetically pleasing old market hall, and Cycle360, a one-stop-shop for cycling, fitness and socializing.

As you head west, you have the option of passing through the South Barrule Plantation, where a steady climb, framed by tall pines, heather groves and drystone walls, opens onto Round Table Road, a point culminating with views stretching out towards Peel on the west coast. A quick and winding descent (not for the faint of heart) will bring cyclists to the quaint fishing village of Port St Mary, where the Sugarloaf Cafe offers a welcome stop for lunch. In addition to soups and sandwiches, the large scones are a special highlight. From there it’s a pleasant and peaceful winding road to The Sound, a headland in the far south.

The island, a self-sustaining dependency of the British Crown, is famous for a lot, but the marine life in its surrounding waters is one of its best natural features. Dolphins, seals and basking sharks can all be spotted at sea. There can’t be many more scenic places to savor a golden flapjack and coffee beside your bike, while you spot seals floating around. in the waves or sunbathe on the rocks. Once you’ve soaked up the views and refueled, walk up the path you came by, then continue to Port Erin before turning east and looping back to Douglas.

It is the Isle of Man’s compact size, varied terrain and tight-knit cycling community that have all been major assets for UK national road racing champion and team rider Ineos Ben Swift, who has lived on the island for over a decade. “I would say it’s like the Peak District but in a much more confined space,” he says. “The climbs are sometimes a bit longer, but you’re never really far from anything, which is great.

A whole island loop is another great option, whether for experienced road cyclists who want to cover the miles in one long ride, or for those who prefer cycling or a more leisurely approach over a few days with some scenic stops. offs along the way. The Isle of Man Lighthouse Challenge is a popular way to experience it, says Richard Fletcher. The sportsman tours the island, visiting a number of its lighthouses and offering views of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland along the way.

Ending the day by pedaling along Marine Drive (a Drops-Le Col Anna Christian team favorite) with the setting sun casting a golden glow on your shoulder, is an unforgettable experience. A section of the coastal road is closed to cars, but open to pedestrians and cyclists, creating a serene stretch for pedaling.

It would be a shame, on the island, not to taste the rich offer of Manx seafood; roll in for a table at the Little Fish Cafe which faces the marina on the North Quay in Douglas. For dinner, reservation is essential, but for visitors who manage to find a seat, it’s worth checking out the daily specials on the board, which can include tempura squid, chili crab claws, coconut and cilantro, and grilled cod fillet. Cyclists can order a Barrule cocktail (named after the island’s forest plantation) to sprinkle it down and savor their day of exploring this bike-crazy island.

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MotoGP, THE BOOK Valentino Rossi’s 26 seasons, in detail Fri, 07 Jan 2022 15:04:05 +0000

The announcement of Valentino Rossi’s retirement ends an incredible career in the MotoGP Motorcycle World Championships. With his nine titles, including seven in the premier class, he is widely regarded as the greatest motorcycle rider of all time, and his 26 seasons of Grand Prix racing make him unique in both motorcycles and Formula 1. Rossi has captivated fans since winning his first Grand Prix at the age of 17 and even in his final season at 42 he’s been riding faster than ever.

In this major new book from the great MotoGP journalist Mat Oxley, each of these races is examined under a microscope, with perspectives on Rossi’s accomplishments, controversies, character and analysis of his bikes. It’s a book by Valentino Rossi like no other.

“It has been a joy to watch Valentino’s GP career from the very beginning in 1996 and I really enjoyed reliving so many of his great moments while writing this book – said Mat –In fact, I started with his first international campaign in 1995, dissecting and analyzing each of his 400+ races since then. It is a career that may never be equaled and it has been an honor to write this book which I hope will become the ultimate tribute to the genius of Valentino ”.

“Mat wrote the world’s first biography of Valentino in 2002. – says Mark Hughes, editor of Evro – While working for the publisher then, I saw how Mat not only knew Valentino well and thought of the world of him, but also wrote about his subject matter with sublime skill and insight. Back then, we could never have imagined how much Valentino was going to accomplish, nor that he would still run almost 20 years later. Now, when he retires, there is no one better than Mat to record every moment of his incredible career ”.

Key content

  • First days, from karting and minibikes to a first GP victory, on a 125 Aprilia at the 1996 Czech GP, then to win the 125cc world title in 1997.
  • Switch to 250cc class in 1998 brought four consecutive late-season wins for Aprilia, followed by a decisive title in 1999 with nine wins.
  • Caught up by Honda to run His successful NSR500 Rossi rose to the ‘kings class’ for 2000, nearly becoming the champion that season, but the following year he sealed the final two-stroke 500cc crown with 11 wins.
  • MotoGP, for 990cc four-stroke motorcycles, took over and Rossi immediately reigned supreme aboard his Honda RC211V, winning back-to-back titles in 2002 and 2003, before a surprise start for non-competitive Yamaha.
  • Rossi marks his first year with Yamaha, 2004, like his best: defying expectations, he won the first time on the YZR-M1 and won a fourth consecutive title with nine victories.
  • In six more seasons with Yamaha, 2005-10, Rossi won three more championship crowns, his 2008 success particularly sweet as it involved a retaliation after two leaner years.
  • Rossi’s transfer to Ducati Seemed like a mouth-watering all-Italian prospect, but his two winless seasons there, 2011 and 2012, were disastrous.
  • A return to Yamaha never quite regained his greatest glory, but Rossi was runner-up three times and came close to another title in 2015.

Author: As a motorcycle rider, Mat Oxley is an Isle of Man TT winner and lap record holder. As a writer,

he has been in his trade for 40 years and is revered for his cutting-edge reporting on MotoGP for magazines and websites around the world including Bike, Sports car, Motorcycle news and Performance bikes. Since Rossi entered Grand Prix racing in 1996, Oxley has followed his career closely and in 2001 wrote a landmark debut biography, MotoGenius, with the full cooperation of Valentino and his family. Other acclaimed Oxley books include Mick Doohan: Thunder from below (1999), Valentino Rossi: Portrait of a god of speed (2002) and Speed ​​flight (2009). Married with two children, he lives in North London.

Release Date: January 13, 2022
Price: £ 50.00
ISBN: 978-1-910505-21-2
Format: 280 x 235 mm hardcover
Extent of page: 336
Illustrations: 280 photos

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Isle of Man TT return edges move closer as riders’ entrances open Tue, 04 Jan 2022 16:06:56 +0000

The TT, like other major road races, was wiped out in 2020 and 2021 in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

However, the wheels are on the move for the highly anticipated return of the world’s biggest road racing spectacle this summer, when the TT is scheduled to take place from May 29 to June 10.

In his introduction to the competitors and teams in the 2022 event regulations, Thompson said he was “delighted” that the TT was ready to move forward after a two-year hiatus.

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The Isle of Man TT last took place in 2019 due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“On behalf of everyone involved in the organization of the Isle of Man TT races, I am delighted to write this welcome message after a two-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic,” a he declared.

“Registrations are now open for the TT 2022 and the regulations for this edition of the famous races are published there. It’s fair to say that the TT 2022 will be different from the last event held in 2019.

“We all worked hard during the forced break to make sure that the time given to us was put to good use, ensuring that the TT comes back better and stronger than before. With that in mind, I urge you more than ever to read these regulations very carefully.

“The level of change in all aspects of the event is unprecedented and it would be wrong to assume that things will always be as you remember them. The only way to be sure you are aware of all the changes and that you are well prepared for the TT 2022 is to read this document from start to finish, ”added Thompson.

The Isle of Man TT last took place in 2019 due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I look forward to working with you in the weeks and months to come as we head towards the return of the event… I hope your preparations are going well and I look forward to seeing you all. gather on Glencrutchery Road for the Isle 2022 opening qualifying session. Man TT races.

Changes planned this year include an expanded opening qualifying session on Sunday, May 29, which will begin in the afternoon. The last qualifying session of the TT fortnight will take place in the afternoon of Friday, June 4 after four consecutive qualifying sessions in the evening.

The maximum number of competitors in Superbike, Superstock and Senior races has been reduced to 50 for added safety.

One of the most significant changes this year is the introduction of a single-lap warm-up on race days, which must take place in the morning before the start of the race. This will replace the midweek qualifying and practice sessions held during the race week and allow for earlier roads opening on race days.

Also new this year is live coverage of the races, with the launch of the TT’s dedicated digital channel in the spring. Exclusive content includes a new feature-length documentary in addition to a new eight-part docuseries in the mold of the popular Netflix show “Drive to Survive.”


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Subaru explained how it will develop new technologies in its first electric STI Mon, 03 Jan 2022 11:42:00 +0000

Subaru Tecnica International (STI) Subaru’s performance and motorsport subsidiary is about to enter a new era. Subaru Corporation and STI have announced that they will unveil an all-new STI electric performance car, the STI E-RA Concept, to the world at the Tokyo Auto Salon 2022 on January 14.

Subaru will be launching the next generation WRX STI this year, and it could be the last WRX STI with an internal combustion engine (ICE). Subaru will abandon the current 2.5-liter EJ25 turbocharged engine in favor of the all-new 2.4-liter FA24 turbocharged Boxer engine. This will likely be the last ICE engine for the fifth generation WRX STI as a new era of performance begins.

Subaru said: “STI presents the STI E-RA concept developed as part of a new project launched to gain experience and practice in new technologies in the world of motorsport which is moving towards a neutral era in carbon. “

How will Subaru develop the next-generation all-electric STI?

Subaru will go back to its motorsport roots, where they developed the first WRX. Subaru took the first-generation WRX 2.0-liter Boxer engine to rally stages around the world. The 2.5-liter engine was next, and Subaru used the Nurburgring’s 24-hour run to further develop its new engines.

Subaru WRX STI 2023, Next Generation Subaru STI

Subaru has used the grueling 24 hour racing challenge of the Nürburgring since 2008 to test and develop the engine and suspension for the STI. They have six class titles in the twelve years of racing “Green Hell”, one of the toughest and most dangerous tracks in the world.

Subaru and Subaru Tecnica International will bring a new STI E-RA performance car to the Nürburgring and develop its first-ever electric performance model. Subaru has used WRX STI Type RA (Record Attempt) Time Attack cars in the past.

The first record was set by Mark Higgins on the Isle of Man TT mountain course in 2016 when they set a lap record for a car with an average speed of 128.73 mph.

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In 2017, they set the Nurburgring record with New Zealand driver Richie Stanaway setting a four-door sedan record of 6: 57.5 in the WRX STI Type RA Time Attack car.

In 2018, Subaru took the high-performance STI to Romania’s 7C national road, known as Transfagarașan, to attempt another word record. Mark Higgins again took the Subaru WRX STI Type RA Time Attack machine and set a road record of 52.4 miles in 40 minutes, 58.8 seconds. The average speed was an impressive 76.69 mph.

Subaru WRX STI 2023, Next Generation Subaru STI

The STI E-RA Concept gives a glimpse of what Subaru and Subaru Tecnica International have in mind for a new era of high-performance sports cars.

Subaru will use the all-new STI electric and develop the new technology in another RA (Record Attempt) car, the STI E-RA performance sports car. We don’t know if they’ll take the new STI on the Isle of Man TT mountain course, the 12.9 mile Nurburgring Nordschleife, or the 52.4 mile Transfagarașan Highway from Romania.

We know that Subaru and Subaru Tecnica International are about to enter a new era of high performance carbon neutral sports cars. Subaru Corporation and STI have announced that they will experience an all-new electric STI performance car, the STI E-RA Concept, to the world at the Tokyo Auto Salon 2022 on January 14. Stay tuned.

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Tony Jefferies has passed away – Bikesport News Thu, 30 Dec 2021 09:59:40 +0000

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Tony Jefferies, multiple TT winner and prominent member of a great Yorkshire motorcycling dynasty, has died.

He was 72 years old, had been seriously ill for some time but insisted, against medical advice, to attend the recent funeral of his two great friends Paul Smart and Peggy Appleyard.

It was typical of a man whose life was a mixture of triumph and tragedy, the first his success on the Isle of Man and the short circuits including the famous Transatlantic series; the latter a tragic accident during TT training in 2003 which killed his son David; a few years later, the death of his wife Pauline; and his own crippling disability from an accident in 1973 at Mallory Park.

As tributes poured in for his daughter Louise, who now runs the BMW dealership, his younger brother Nick, also a TT winner, told Life as he could. But for 12 months Louise took care of him with us doing our part. He had an esophageal problem but didn’t like the idea of ​​intravenous feeding saying “No, I want to eat normally”. If someone had half the resolution they had, they would be better people.

“He was a great driver but he never really had much luck and if he had had the opportunity to drive a TZ700 which he narrowly missed he would have shown how good he was . He was a big boy and the big boys needed the 700s. What happened was an absolute tragedy.

“I last saw him on Sunday at Bradford Royal Infirmary. He had fallen out of bed but wanted eggs and I had to go out to Tesco. Over the next two days he fell unconscious and the end suddenly came. It was a big shock but I think Louise and I would not have wanted him to suffer the indignity of being force-fed, etc.

“He wasn’t a shrinking purple and after his racing days he took the business forward. He was very brave with lots of new ideas. We didn’t agree on everything, but now there’s a great deal with the best BMW showroom in the country. He was also a great speech maker and served as chairman of the TT Riders Association and the Bradford Motor Club, among others. He got back into sports a lot.

“And, of course, it comes from the big name of Allan Jefferies who was known all over Europe for his success in the Six Day Trials. The biggest event in the 1930s was TT, but the six-day international event came next.

His Yorkshire colleague Mick Grant said: “Tony and I started running together and we had a lot of hilarious moments when Jim Lee was my first sponsor. He had a great sense of humor. When he broke his back on Mallory, I wondered why it happened to such a strong man, to this lovely, lovely man. Life, in many ways, has not been kind to him.

“When we started out we both did a few tries and once Tony did the Scot Trial, the hardest in the world, and lied to me saying he won a Scottish Spoon by finishing in the ten or fifteen first. The year after Tony’s accident I did the Scot, although I was never good enough anyway, and after about half an hour one of the spectators held up a sign saying ” Scot Spoon twenty pounds ”and that went on throughout the trial until it was around two hundred pounds. I then discovered that Tony had put everything together, he had never won a Scottish spoon. He had an incredible sense of humor.

“And as a runner he was very good. Back then, winning a TT was a real achievement, winning two in the same week was incredible. A great man.

Robin Appleyard added: “People shouldn’t forget the role he played in industry and sport. Nor that after having won this double in the TT, he went to Ulster and won there. Our families were very close, we saw each other a lot and it was so sad to see him bedridden for the past two years. Yes, a remarkable man in many ways.

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Famous Isle of Man TT Riders Tue, 28 Dec 2021 23:35:27 +0000

The Isle of Man TT is one of the most dangerous motorsport events ever with dangerous roads and inclement weather conditions. Despite these difficulties, some runners shone and made history.

The Isle of Man TT was first performed in 1907. Spread across the Isle of Man, as the name suggests, a single lap of the entire course is 60.7 km long.

John McGuiness:

Starting his Isle of Man TT career in 1996, McGuiness has won a total of 23 TTs in his entire career, the most wins for any individual TT rider to date. His first TT victory was in the 250cc lightweight class in 1996. John McGuiness led the TT from 2006 to 2013, winning a total of 20 races in different categories. It was 2014 when McGuiness had a motocross accident a few weeks before the TT and he ended up not winning a single TT that year and a few years to follow. John McGuiness claimed his last victory in 2019 when he won the Classic TT.


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Michael Dunlop:

Son of Robert Dunlop and nephew of world champion Joey Dunlop, Michael is the heir to a TT racing dynasty from the Isle of Man. Michael made his TT debut in 2007, finishing 25th in the TT superbike. His first TT victory dates back to 2009 in the Supersport Junior TT Race 2. Competing in different categories, Michael Dunlop has won 19 TT so far. His last victory was the 2019 Lightweight TT.


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Guy Martin:

Guy Martin is a famous personality from the Isle of Man TT universe. A former truck mechanic, Martin’s first participation in the Isle of Man TT was in 2009 where he managed to place in the top 3 in three of the events he participated in. Although he had no TT wins, Martin secured the podium for 17 races. He declared his retirement from the Isle of Man TT in 2017, where he only managed to complete one of five events he competed in.


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Ian Hutchinson:


The first Isle of Man TT event for English rider Ian Hutchinson took place in 2004. His first Isle of Man TT victory came in 2007 in the Supersport Junior TT category. Winning a total of 16 TT events in his career so far, Hutchinson’s last victory was in the Superstock TT category in 2017.


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Soak up the history of British motorcycling in this fascinating documentary Tue, 28 Dec 2021 22:30:00 +0000

It is hard to overstate the influence that British motorcycle design has had on world motorcycling throughout the 20th century. However, there is more than just style cues, the Ace Café and Mods vs. Rockers. While these are important parts, there is a fascinating depth and insight that comes through this BBC documentary that you don’t always see. If you like history, motorcycles, or whatever, she offers the kind of ideas that are essentially catnip.

The point is, while so many millions of cyclists are joined by our love of two wheels, no matter where we are in the world, we have all experienced this love from different angles. In the UK, the first motorcycles were an inexpensive way to get around when paved roads weren’t as common as they are now.

This part may seem familiar elsewhere, but this is where it goes its own way. Road races, like the Isle of Man TT, developed not only as a way for speed freaks to pursue their passion, but also as a way to demonstrate the reliability of a motorcycle in an era when it was was anything but acquired.

When World War II broke out, Norton, who had previously dominated the TT for years, withdrew to devote his resources to building machinery for the British war effort. Meanwhile, BMW arrived, won the Senior TT, and took the opportunity to show off its shaft-driven power in a way it hoped to be more than just an allegory.

British dispatchers relied on BSAs and Nortons to deliver critical messages here and there throughout the war, and British motorcycle makers contributed more than 400,000 machines to the effort at its conclusion. That’s a LOT of bikes, and a lot of surplus military bikes that ended up in civilian hands after the fighting was over. As paved roads and automobiles grew in popularity, the seeds of this two-wheeled love germinated in the next generation.

Everything that has happened before has helped set the stage for the more recent and popular history of tone-up boys, cafe racers, rockers, mods – things we all know. It is part of both the history of British motorcycling in particular and the history of world motorcycling as a whole. As someone who didn’t grow up with this facet of equestrian culture, it’s fascinating to learn more.

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