another perfectly good motorcycle ruined.......

Thursday, 17 September 2015

classic tt / manx gp 2015 [part three]
















this post isn't strictly in chronological order, first up, just a coupleof pictures from sulby bridge, the preceding straight is probably one of the fastest parts of the course, [home to the famous speed trap that clocks the outrageous speeds of the racers and the equally famous doctored road-sign that advises speed limit 189mph'] i'm no photographer, my pictures taken on a cheap digital camera, but i hope i have captured how close you actually are to the bikes, what they don't catch is the speed, the noise and the smell of the bikes as they brake at the latest possible moment before tipping into the almost ninety-degree right-left handers and accelerating away. the sight of micheal dunlop on the big f1 suzuki, both wheels locked up, fishtailing into that bend will live with me forever, awesome is a very overused word, it really should be reserved for moments like this......... much more genteel was one of the numerous vintage motorcycling club meet's held during the two week long 'festival of motorcycling' the stirring venue was the site of the ancient manx parliament, tynwald hill, over a thousand years old and still used today, the twelve foot high mound of four circles can be traced back to the norsemen who ruled the isle of man and left their indelible mark upon it. the setting is equally dramatic, the steep, wooded hill, 'slieau whallian' providing a dramatic background. a fantastic display of motorcycles to view, lunch eaten watching the continous stream of visitors and quaffing tea from a cardboard cup, perfect..........

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