‘ There’s an eerie silence in your head’
You can cut the tension with a knife, there’s noise, the hustle and bustle of mechanics yet there somehow remains an eerie silence in your head. That only gets worse as one by one, 10 seconds apart, they head off down Bray Hill. All you can hear at that point is the commentary from Manx Radio blaring out of the PA system as well as the sound of the machines revving, before selecting first gear and blasting up the gearbox and out of sight. Then you’re engrossed in the excitement of the race, following it corner by corner with the radio pressed to your ear. All the fear and tension is instantly gone.