TT TRACK­SIDE OPIN­ION

Cycle World - - Up Front Editor’s Letter - RANDY HALL CYCLEWORLD.COM

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.

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