Just returned yesterday from a week in the Isle of Man - absolutely great little trip. Though all the two wheel racing for the year is over, we did get to watch some spectacular car rally activity. It's a hoot to see small rally cars go like hell and sound like real fire breathers, particularly on the Douglas promenade! There were even two Japanese teams driving a pair of very fast original Mini Coopers!
Also had an opportunity to drive the Mountain Course at a (reasonably) comfortable speed although windy and fog-shrouded conditions on the mountain were pretty typical and slowed us down some. It's almost impossible to comprehend riding the course 100 mph faster than we were driving! Major respect for those skilled enough to be able to do that, both in the TT and the Manx GP. :thumb:
What's more, it's always impressed me that residents of the island don't seem to mind at all that roads are closed for the better part of any given day so racers can scream around VERY narrow, very twisty, roads lined with extremely unforgiving stone walls and houses VERY close to the roadway. Amazing.
This was my fourth visit over the past 40 or so years and I'm only sorry I didn't return much sooner. Will probably have to return next year because this was my wife's first visit and we didn't get to see anywhere near as much as we had hoped. Hmmm, that sounds like a damned good reason to go back in my mind.
One last thought. It was impressive to note that almost every motorcycle rider we saw was aboard a sport bike and wearing either full leathers or other first class riding gear. No cruisers, and no jeans and T-shirts and tennis shoes anywhere in sight. Bikes are expensive, insurance is expensive, petrol is expensive (1.50 Pounds per liter, or about $12 per Imperial gallon) making it rather easy to understand why each bike we saw was pristine and the riding gear was as well. :clap:
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