Dear CR What an ex­cel­lent let­ter from Gor­don Chat­ter­ton ( Clas­sic Racer is­sue 187). It re­ally sums up the cur­rent state of play, par­tic­u­larly with re­gard to the TT races. No longer the do­main of the pro­fes­sional rider com­pet­ing for world cham­pi­onship points as in the past, the event is now given over to var­i­ous lo­cal en­trants who are paid for their trou­bles, the rest of the field made up from rid­ers of club­man abil­ity. It is of lit­tle won­der that the ac­ci­dent and fa­tal­ity rates are so high given the na­ture of the course and the rel­a­tive com­pe­tence of the en­trants. As for my­self, I will con­tinue to spec­tate on the main­land at CRMC events which con­tinue to en­ter­tain both rid­ers and the view­ing pub­lic. There re­ally is no need to bother with the grossly overblown IOM equiv­a­lent. Roger Walker email

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