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    Tt 2018

    I’ll do a mini report in a week or so when I’m home after the racing has finished but...
    Today’s Superstock (1000cc standard’ish sports bikes) was the best race at the TT for years. It should be on Itv4 at 9pm. Hopefully the editing will capture the genuine excitement at the roadside. Brilliant stuff
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    Awesome.

    ITV4 have spannered the footage right up though. Well that’s not completely true, the film work and coverage is still good; they’ve changed all the presenters though and the new ones are shit. Jodie Kidd FFS. Plus they’ve binned off the ‘King of the Mountain’ theme music.

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    Jodie Kidd. Yes. Well...she is shite

    I was speaking to Steve Parrish yesterday. Unrepeatable chat .😄
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    Did they really need a token bird on it? She looks daft. And not just because she's a meter taller than anyone else
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    Quite why they changed that line up absolutely baffles me, they all did a great job, Jodie Kidd makes me want to stick pins in my eyes, she's ok on that program with Quentin Wilson but its so clearly an equal opportunity box ticked and I guess Suzi Perry had a schedule commitment .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stace View Post
    And not just because she's a meter taller than anyone else

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    Usual production company North One were axed from covering the TT this year hence the new line up. Do miss Parish and James Whitham's commentary but the new guy Dave Moore isn't too bad, just anyone else presenting apart from the giraffe please!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weeman View Post
    Quite why they changed that line up absolutely baffles me.
    NorthOne lost the contract and IoM local company Greenlight now have it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Weeman View Post
    Quite why they changed that line up absolutely baffles me, they all did a great job, Jodie Kidd makes me want to stick pins in my eyes, she's ok on that program with Quentin Wilson but its so clearly an equal opportunity box ticked and I guess Suzi Perry had a schedule commitment .
    +1
    Jodie Kidd is a tool, but I'm quite the fan of Suzi Perry. She did an excellent Q&A interview with the Dunlop lads & John McGuinness in the DVD Extras on the superb movie 'Road'.
    Plus she's a bit of alright.

    E.T.A. - thanks for the heads-up Dave, will be watching this evening.
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    Wow wow wow 😳 Dave you weren't wrong!


    That superstock race was amazing, I was rooting for Dean, after he had to retire from the super bike race, but nobody can say Hicky didn't deserve that win especially with doing a 3 point turn on his first lap !



    People if you like bikes, you need to watch that on catch up even tho I've just told you the result



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    Mega race.

    Spotted this awesome pic on Twitter



    Darren Cooper gets a bit wide at Signpost during yesterday’s Superstock TT. #loveTT pic.twitter.com/L0N5T5xbyQ
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    Wow, just caught up with the Superstock. What a race!

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    A man to continue admiring is Hutchy. Way off the pace. Riding in agony but riding. Knowing that missing a years racing here will be bad for 2019 and beyond so he goes out and rides as best he can.
    Made of stern stuff are these fellers.

    Another glorious day begins here. Super sport race 2 and then the super twins (who’d have thought a 650 twin race would be good to watch...if a little tinnitus inducing)
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    I think the coverage is still pretty good despite the change in line-up. At least Jodie has accepted that she doesn't have to apologise for being tall. The producers have moved her to where she can't lean on a wall, unlike the first episode...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rory View Post
    +1
    Jodie Kidd is a tool, but I'm quite the fan of Suzi Perry. She did an excellent Q&A interview with the Dunlop lads & John McGuinness in the DVD Extras on the superb movie 'Road'.
    Plus she's a bit of alright.

    E.T.A. - thanks for the heads-up Dave, will be watching this evening.
    Jodie Kidd keeps tricking TV execs.

    She is pretty. She likes cars and bikes. Surely she should be a great host and a real hit with the fans? What they forget is that she is very beige.

    We’d all be happier with Clare Balding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by simonsaunders View Post
    She is pretty.

    She is?





    Quote Originally Posted by simonsaunders View Post
    We’d all be happier with Clare Balding.

    I genuinely don't know how she gets the work she does. She is so incredibly boring and manages to kill any subject she's presenting. I suspect tokenism.

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    Every year I think about going to this. Just to experience it at least once (but then I may go back again).
    I believe the issue is getting there as the ferries are booked up far in advance (don't even try taking a car/motorcyles only).
    I wonder if they have any golf courses....

    JK-does she not have a wonderfully posh voice ?
    Seems to be just trying to make a career for herself.
    Good luck to her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fitz711 View Post
    Seems to be just trying to make a career for herself.
    Good luck to her.

    Yeah good luck to her. However I can't support someone getting a job ahead of people who are more informed, qualified and able to do it better just because they are a minority and are trying to make a career for themself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ste View Post
    Yeah good luck to her. However I can't support someone getting a job ahead of people who are more informed, qualified and able to do it better just because they are a minority and are trying to make a career for themself.
    She has been trying to make a TV career for 10-15 years. She hasn’t got one, because she is crap.

    I don’t care who the face is. Just give us a quality product. There are any number of good, female anchors, many of whom must be happy to slum it on the IoM in a shitty B&B, surrounded by unshaven, unwashed bikers whose scrotum sweat has leaked out of the bottom of their leathers and then out through the holes in their boots and into the spilt Guiness on the floor.

    Actually, maybe JK was the only applicant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fitz711 View Post
    I believe the issue is getting there as the ferries are booked up far in advance (don't even try taking a car/motorcyles only).
    I wonder if they have any golf courses....
    It does get booked up a year in advance but go earlier than practice starts and stay a few days and you’d not have issues. We are here in the van...with the bike in the back. Cost £100 more than simply being on the bike. Cars and vans use the ferry together with bikes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by simonsaunders View Post
    She has been trying to make a TV career for 10-15 years. She hasn’t got one, because she is crap.

    I don’t care who the face is. Just give us a quality product. There are any number of good, female anchors, many of whom must be happy to slum it on the IoM in a shitty B&B, surrounded by unshaven, unwashed bikers whose scrotum sweat has leaked out of the bottom of their leathers and then out through the holes in their boots and into the spilt Guiness on the floor.

    Actually, maybe JK was the only applicant.
    She knocks around with a pal of mine. She's recently bought the half moon pub at kirdford, just down the road. He's turned up at the shop with her once. Seemed alright to me.
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    It shouldn’t....but it gets better.
    Make sure you watch the senior race coverage. 221 miles...1 hr and 43 mins and a 1-2 separated by 2 seconds....and both the lap record and race records smashed
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave B View Post
    It shouldn’t....but it gets better.
    Make sure you watch the senior race coverage. 221 miles...1 hr and 43 mins and a 1-2 separated by 2 seconds....and both the lap record and race records smashed
    Outstanding!
    Will surely do, cheers Dave.
    Hope you're having a ball over there buddy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave B View Post
    It shouldn’t....but it gets better.
    Make sure you watch the senior race coverage. 221 miles...1 hr and 43 mins and a 1-2 separated by 2 seconds....and both the lap record and race records smashed
    No kidding! Another great race.

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    Black magic!

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    Absolutely fantastic racing this year!!! These men are made from different stuff thats for sure!!! Coverage could have been better but also could have been worse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave B View Post
    A man to continue admiring is Hutchy. Way off the pace. Riding in agony but riding. Knowing that missing a years racing here will be bad for 2019 and beyond so he goes out and rides as best he can.
    Made of stern stuff are these fellers.
    I read this the other day... https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/motorsport/44083363

    Puts things into perspective.
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    ****. Me.

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    I won’t write much for another years TT trip.
    3 weeks of stunning weather but I sit typing STILL on the island as a wet and windy front has caused the cancellation of our ferry so we will get home a day late.

    Packed...seemed sensible to take the van with the bike and push bikes as it was only £100 more than being on the motorbike.



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    We stay with a lovely local couple a few miles out of Douglas but try to earn our keep...a bit of grass cutting and a day helping deliver 18 tonnes of hot tarmac to a roads resurfacing team.





    Preparing all the kit needed for marshalling



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    Loads of locals do stuff to raise charity money. Churches do breakfasts and teas, others do cakes and coffee etc. We helped set up the Tea and Tiffin Tent in the garden of ‘Harolds’.



    Harold Leese is 94. He has opened up his garden for free for spectators for donkeys years and his daughter and son raise around £3500 each year for local charity. Harold couldn’t recall weather like the TT had for the past 70 years. Good stuff.


    Practice week saw some amazing lap times and really determined riding….and also a fatality of a well known and loved local lad, Dan Kneen.

    As usual, we marshalled at Ballaspur (we did one ‘shift’ in the preceding sector near Greeba Castle) with a great bunch of folk.



    There are 12 sectors on the TT mountain course, each around 3 miles. Each has a Chief Sector Marshal, a few Deputies and lots of Marshals. It needs well over 500 in total to be able to run either a practice or race. Many stay at one place for years, others like to try new places around the whole course. I ‘get’ both stances. Staying put for years can lead to complacency but forever moving means that no one really knows your pedigree/how you’d cope if the brown stuff hit the whirly thingy. An interesting debate.



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    All the big names could be seen in the pits throughout the fortnight. Sorry, no pics. I find it too cheesy.

    Beach Race.



    Ramsay Sprint.

    An old Vincent getting ready to do a run



    It gets windy over here….



    But very picturesque

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    Some lovely bikes around.
    (I mentioned loving the late 70s Laverda Jotas so my host made a phone call and today I went and had a look at a friend of his collection of about 10 Laverdas….none were Jotas but lovely quirky things nonetheless. I didn’t feel like asking to take photos for some reason. Too personal a collection)





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    I was then lucky enough to be shown another private collection of bikes...wow. What a selection of stuff.

    Purpose built 50ft x 20ft ‘garage’. Air con, heating, good natural light, TVs, sofas, beer fridge…



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    Harris Framed Ducati engined 1 off. Stunning doesn’t come close.



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    Ducati 888 Superbike



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    Loads of motorsport memorabilia adorning the walls.



    Honda Rune

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    When I can upload a few more pics off my camera (these are all phone pics) I’ll post a few more.

    Another brilliant 3 weeks on a stunningly beautiful Island with thousands of like minded petrol heads. Awesome. Get here while it still runs with petrol power...not electric.
    But do yourself a favour…. Sign on to marshal for at least 1 session. You’ll be helping out and get to watch proceedings from very close quarters, often where spectators aren’t allowed.
    You may also meet some local petrolheads and get an ‘in’ into a whole world of interesting stuff. Like all petrolheads, these small private collectors love to share their passion with a select few friends of friends. I feel pretty privileged to have seen a few collections now, with a few more to come at the Manx GP in August….ah, on that note, I must remember to tell Justine we are coming back in a couple of months for 10 days…...
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    Great pics & insight Dave.

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    Lovely!!
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    On my to do list
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    Cracking words & photos Dave, thanks for sharing.
    Fair play to you & Justine for Marshaling, and defo a good way to see the action up-close.
    I've been threatening to get to the T.T. for years, just hasn't worked out yet...
    but when I do, I'll also be volunteering to Marshal.

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    Excellent work as always, Dave.
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    Yet another superb write up Dave, if I ever get to sector 3 I will say hello.
    As you rightly say the weather this year was fantastic, hope it holds out for the Manx, and sector 8 is incident free PLEASE.

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