Celebrating 100 years of TT Racing

Although the Isle of Man TT races were launched in 1907 there has, in fact, only been 100 years of actual racing on the island, as long as you include the forthcoming TT of this year.

A total of 12 years were lost as a consequence of the two world wars and the foot and mouth epidemic, the latter causing the cancellation of many sporting occasions throughout the UK, including the TT.

As a result, while the centenary year was 2007 – a century after the races first started – we can celebrate 100 years of TT all over again in 2019!

In a full-on race tuck, Tommy Robb screams through the bottom of Bray Hill in the 1962 50cc TT.

In celebration, this April’s Carole Nash International Classic Motorcycle Show will not only have guests of honour that have featured in the TT’s history, but also a large number of machines that have also been part of the Isle of Man’s prestigious race history.

Guests include current race stars such as multiple race winner Ian Hutchinson (the only rider to score five race wins in one week at the TT) and Tom and Ben Birchall, the siblings who have won eight sidecar TTs, hold race and lap records for sidecars on the Mountain Circuit, and have claimed three world titles too! Retired Island racers will also be in attendance, with a great number of ‘names’ taking to the stage to be interviewed over the weekend.

Read more and view more images in the April 2019 issue of OBM – on sale now!

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