Land­mark IOM stamps

Classic Racer - - PADDOCK GOSSIP -

This four-stamp is­sue, TT Win­ners, fea­tures Joey Dun­lop, Steve His­lop, Ian Simp­son and Ian Hutchin­son, who, be­tween them, have achieved more than 50 TT vic­to­ries. 2017 marks the 40th an­niver­sary of Dun­lop’s first win, His­lop’s 30th, Simp­son’s 20th and Hutchin­son’s 10th. The stamps, de­signed by lo­cal busi­ness Isle of Man Ad­ver­tis­ing and PR, fea­ture pho­to­graphs of each rider dur­ing the race that they took their first win. The TT Win­ners stamp is­sue was re­leased on May 26 to co­in­cide with the start of TT fort­night. The is­sue is avail­able in­side a four-side pre­sen­ta­tion pack or on a First Day Cover, post­marked with the first day of is­sue. Both con­tain ad­di­tional pho­tog­ra­phy, in­clud­ing pic­tures taken by leg­endary road rac­ing photographer Stephen Dav­i­son, and the story of each first win writ­ten by David Wright, au­thor of six books about the races and a mar­shal at both the TT and Manx Grand Prix for two decades. They are avail­able in both mint con­di­tion and can­celled to or­der sets. Isle of Man Post Of­fice has also pro­duced a highly col­lectable set of four stamp cards fea­tur­ing the de­signs, priced just £2.50. Max­ine Can­non of Isle of Man Stamps and Coins, said: “We couldn’t miss the op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate four im­por­tant an­niver­saries fall­ing in the same year. This set is a trib­ute not only to the achieve­ments of each of these pop­u­lar rac­ers, but also to the re­mark­able his­tory of the event, which marks its own 110th an­niver­sary in 2017.” Ian Hutchin­son said: “Win­ning a TT race is such an in­cred­i­ble feel­ing, and it is a great hon­our for my first vic­tory to be fea­tured on a stamp. I’ll never for­get the buzz of tak­ing the che­quered flag in 2007. To be fea­tured along­side three TT greats has made me re­ally proud.” Gary Dun­lop, Joey’s son, added: “The Ju­bilee Classic TT, 40 years ago, was the be­gin­ning of an in­cred­i­ble suc­cess story which saw dad take 26 wins, a record which re­mains un­bro­ken to­day. I think it’s bril­liant that the Isle of Man Post Of­fice has com­mem­o­rated his first win like this, it’s a won­der­ful record of an im­por­tant day.” TT Win­ners can be or­dered from www. iom­

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