TT TRACKSIDE OPINION
You caught the essence and character of what is the most challenging roadrace in the world better than anything I have previously read (Race Watch, Sept.).
I experienced the TT as the race mechanic for English rider Rod Gould in the 1968, 1969, and 1970 races. For the 1968 Grand Prix races we were sponsored by Cycle World magazine, and at the TT we finished in fourth place in the 250cc race behind the works Yamahas and MZ. I have the fourth-place Silver Winged Mercury that Rod gave me on display at my home.
A special honor of the 1968 race was Rod and I having lunch with Joe Parkhurst, Ivan Wager, and Isle of Man legend Geoff Duke. A fuel issue kept us from finishing the 1969 race, but in 1970, now as the factory Yamaha team, Rod finished in second place behind Kel Carruthers in the 250cc class. I was fortunate to be invited to attend the 100th anniversary of the TT race in 2007 and watch John Mcguinness be the first rider to exceed a 130-mph lap.
If you are a lover of real motorcycle roadracing, you owe it to yourself to visit the Isle of Man at least once in your life and experience by riding or driving around the course what a challenge this unique race is. Experiencing the excitement and action of the Isle of Man and the TT races is an experience not to be missed.