Isle of Man TT and road racing
8th June 2012, 19:57 at 7:57 pm #131514
So is anyone an Isle of Man TT fan? Or road racing in general, such as the Northwest 200?
i have become a fan very recently and was completely in awe of what these guys can do.
I never ever was a motorbike racing fan. I had heard of the TT racing before but never though of checking it out.
But when i got Virgin installed to my flat (to get the F1 channel on Sky) i stumbled across some old Northwest 200 shows on Eurosport and i was amazed at the speed and skill these guys have.
I now have decided i must go to the TT and to the Northwest 200 to see these guys in action.
If you’re wondering what i’m talking about just tune in to ITV4 at 9pm and 10pm to check it out. First there’s a show on John McGuiness and then the TT2012 races of the day, which were postpone to tomorrow due to the weather, so they might show earlier races.
Despite my new found interest in motorbike racing i still find motorbike track racing boring.10th June 2012, 7:37 at 7:37 am #203312
I’m from the Isle of Man so growing up with it I’m a huge fan, there really is nothing like standing at inches away from bikes doing 180mph on public roads. I enjoyed this years TT more than any of recent years and the Island was busier than I’ve ever seen it. I think the film and the TV coverage have raised the profile of the event massively, apparently there was even a quick feature on Webber’s visit to the TT on the SkyF1 coverage. I also love watching the NW200, the racing there is brilliant, I really must make it over to the North West one year.
The only downside to watching the TT live is that after it’s finished whatever sport you go back to watching seems dull in comparison!10th June 2012, 9:59 at 9:59 am #203313
I’ve been watching a few of the TT highlight shows at night on ITV4, the sidecar races are fascinating – the passanger isn’t strapped on and throws himself about; it’s mad! The electric superbikes race was pretty interesting too – 100mph+ average speed for the fastest guys!10th June 2012, 11:51 at 11:51 am #203314
My mate helped prepare our uni’s car for the electric race after doing his dissertation on it. They recorded a DNF though.11th June 2012, 20:24 at 8:24 pm #20331512th June 2012, 18:00 at 6:00 pm #203317
I live far away enough I won’t likely ever attend this event, but the track is really intriguing. This, together with hillclimb racing, is probably one of the few ways to still experience and watch motor racing the way a lot of it must have been like before race track standards were elevated to the levels now known.
There’s a wonderfully interesting old piece of video which may still be somewhere out on the internet of an old broadcast where they interview… is it Joey Dunlop? Complete with on-board camera footage, the somewhat grainy and shaky 1980s kind, and a series of questions where they’re trying to get him to explain how he can go this fast, and the answers I remember were, basically, befuddled smiles and some combination of instinct and good luck… Amazing.17th June 2012, 19:56 at 7:56 pm #2033184th November 2012, 12:14 at 12:14 pm #20331918th April 2013, 21:37 at 9:37 pm #203320
“Don’t fall off here, you’re going to look a complete nob”19th April 2013, 5:59 at 5:59 am #203321
I am assuming that most of you have seen this right? If you haven’t, uhh, please proceed immediately. I think it is actually better than “Senna”.
I must have watched the intro to the movie at least 50 times. When he gets to the top of the hill, leans it right, picks its up, and pins it. Thats what it is all about my friends.
The little feature during the F1 broadcast with Webber is well worth watching. You can see at one point Webber is almost in tears! because there is just nothing you can say about what you are witnessing. It is men that are completely on a different level.19th April 2013, 6:15 at 6:15 am #203322
heres the webber interview, it’s a bit blah in the middle, it’s all about the beginning and the end.
and thanks to one of the comments at the bottom lead me to this which is I think Webbers own cell phone shot? You can for sure hear his voice! hahahah19th April 2013, 10:36 at 10:36 am #203323
I love road racing only live 30mins from the north west track and words cant describe the feeling the first time you see 20+ of these boys passing you at 190mph just few feet away.
In Ireland there are lots of national road reces and these boys have some balls racing down country roads that are hardly wide enough for a car covered in dirt, gravel and cow shit!!
check this out
Also check out the cookstown 100 on youtube its the first national road race of the year its on next weekend19th April 2013, 10:43 at 10:43 am #203324
A quick on board lap of cookstown to show you what a mean about the narrow roads19th April 2013, 10:48 at 10:48 am #203325
Given that I’m not really into Bike racing, I absolutely LOVE the TT. Where I work, I can actually see all the bikers going onto the ferry over to the IOM for the races – they’re always up for a chat as well (usually because it takes them about 12 hours to get on the sodding ferry!)19th April 2013, 19:06 at 7:06 pm #203326
good to see some more fans of road racing.
I’m planning to go to the TT and the Northwest 200 in 2014.
i can’t wait.
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