Blowing through Ginger Hall. To the left, stone wall and phone pole. To the right, stone wall. Of course some of the thousands of obstacles to run-off are padded!
|[A gorgeous Douglas RA, ca.1923, with 'disc' brakes, and strutted Douglas forks (for sidecar racing). Douglas won many TTs in the early 1920s, before winning a lot of Speedway races in the later 20s - pd'o]|
Early in the week we took up spectating at Hillbury. That straightaway is over 5/8 of a ile so bikes are about flat out as they enter a choppy uphill sweeper. The big modern bikes run over 170mph here, back off momentarily at the apex, and fly by.
Cool bikes were everywhere. The first overhead cam Norton was designated a CS1. I need one.
An abandoned quarry served as a site for the Observed Trials. Gotta stay between all the little arrows, not "dab" a foot, and not crash.
|The Meccano Moto!|
Home -built frame, a speedway motor, a supercharger and nitrous get this man down the 1/8 mile quickly at the Ramsey Sprints. The very casual races are run right down town on a blocked off portion of the promenade.
A good sized Manx cat. They are well known for what's missing; the tail!
Murray's Motorcycle Museum is an old treat in a new location. It's jammed with good stuff, mostly racing bikes. Nothin' fancy, just the good stuff you want to see.
Here's the incredibly unique and cool Isle of Man insignia. It's so old even the folks at the museum where this six foot in diameter version in displayed are not sure what it means!
The town of Peel, in southwest, Isle of Man was a choice spot to stay near. Five nice pubs and two shi-shi restaurants had all you could ask for in food, drink, atmosphere and new-found friends.
The lunch menu at Ginger Hall. "This stuff will stick to your ribs," as my mom used to say.
People on the Island seem to love the racing which takes place twice a year. Art in buinsesses and public buildings leans toward moteorcycle racing. Ginger Hall had this great piece hung; PISTON BROKE AT GINGER HALL -T.T. '95.
A fine Greeves Silverstone at the A.R.E. Museum
The Ramsey Sprints run on a day when there's no road racing, a 'break" day. Why let your road racer sit! Most didn't even drop to lower gearing, just gave it a go.