Manx. men. mad­ness.

Our fa­vorite pho­to­graphs from this year’s Isle of Man Tt—and the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind them.

Motorcyclist - - Contents - BY MITCH BOEHM

A dozen years ago, as the Isle of Man TT’S 100th an­niver­sary crept into sight, there were rum­blings the epic race would die, a vic­tim of bad PR and an even worse safety record. But to­day, as this year’s 110th edi­tion showed, the event is a re­ju­ve­nated beast, with new rid­ers, new spon­sors, new records, fewer deaths, and even more fans—so many the Is­land can’t pos­si­bly hold them all. Of course, there’s noth­ing like the TT. Blue-col­lar he­roes like Michael Dun­lop (left) do what most Mo­togp stars would never at­tempt, namely rac­ing flat-out on pub­lic roads with walls, sign­posts, and death inches away. If you’ve been there, you know. If you haven’t, th­ese pho­tos will give you a glipse of why the Is­land is con­sid­ered by most to be the fi­nal fron­tier in road­rac­ing.

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