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Old 01-06-2003, 01:04 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Isle of man TT observations, read on

I've been watching the Isle of man TT (motorcyles and sidecars) ofr a number of years and have alsways be astonished by the shear bravery of these lads.

So often we hear about F1 drivers or other FIA roadracing events on famous circuits that complain about not having enough "run-off" area. Does anybody else notice the amount of run-off area they have on the Isle of man TT?? Its truly amazing how these guys (with balls the size of elephants) are going THAT fast (150+mph) on everyday roads. I noticed very little in the way of barriers.
Add to the fact that there are 120+mph jumps and you have bravery at its best.
Who are these guys? Crazy Brits? Adrenline junkies? Fearless pilots? Very few of them do I recognize from any world competition (GP or Superbike) experience.
The answer I believe is that you have incredible riders with outstanding abilities. (Jefferies won the 600 and superbike race I believe)

PLease fire away on any other observation. Plus I'd love to hear from anybody who has been to the event itself, (John Felstead, u there?) and theri reactions of these remarkable drivers.



P.S. Last year I believe was the last year that the legendary Joey Dunalp raced. He later died in a simlar event in Estonia/Russia. So sad.
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Old 01-06-2003, 01:28 PM   #2
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I too have followed IoM TT for many years.

No racer in the world can hold a candle to what these guys do. I call it 130mph motocross WOW.
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Old 01-06-2003, 01:37 PM   #3
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The pros avoid it as it can turn fatal so fast. Most despise the 8 hours of Suzuka, as well.
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Old 01-06-2003, 02:02 PM   #4
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It's appealing to a lot of people because it's a throwback to the old days of motor racing, when death is a real risk you take in this sports. Nowadays, some racings have become so "safe" that the risk has diminished, including Formula 1.

It's simply a matter of what's important to you. If thrill and fame is important, do it. If providing for your family is, then stay out of it.

In the mean time, I'll keep watching.

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Old 01-06-2003, 08:14 PM   #5
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I have been to IoM TT. It is the best thing to see if you are a motorcyle rider. The whole island is nothing but bike. It is a week long. Parties all night, live bands, stunt riders, trials riding. It is much faster looking in person.

Last year the event wasn't held in memory of Joey.

I got a chance to meet him. He was a very humble man, very shy and a true CHAMPION.

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Old 01-07-2003, 10:37 AM   #6
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I only got to see about a half hour snippet of this year's TT... it was riveting, breathtaking, enthralling. One of the great road race spectacles in existence. Those guys are incredibly brave and the course itself is beautiful. I wish Speed did same day coverage.
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Old 01-08-2003, 04:07 AM   #7
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Joey Dunlop died almost two years ago now. He was truly amazing on the Isle.

Although coincidence and true respect would make it seem that last years TT was canceled in honor of him, it was actually stopped due to the MAD COW DISEASE scare in the UK. Folks living there feared that the virus would be carried from the mainland to the isle which is primarily agricultural/agrarian in its economy when it is not hosting insane motorcycle races.

Godspeed, JOEY

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