acotrel wrote:A friend mine raced a Manx on the IOM in the 60s. When I asked him how he liked it, he said 'when I first went there I did an 84 MPH lap, but if you keep going there you get faster'. What I don't understand is how riders can get their minds around that course, when I have trouble memorising every aspect of even our short circuits. Surely you cannot ride the IOM on a situationalist basis, taking every corner as it comes ? I know our Bill Horseman went there and won the Classic TT first time out, but he is very different to most of us.
My father used to race speedway "back in the day" ( just after the WWII ) and he told me that he had had aspirations to go to the IOM, before immigrating to the U.S. He said later he had a similar experience to yours Nigel, and he backed away from it too. -- he went on to live a long and full life.Fast Eddie wrote:...... Why would blokes put their families at risk ..... His death really hammered home the point about just how dangerous it can be there. That sealed it for me, and I never did race there.
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