Clicks from the Classic TT
Retired journalist Kerry Hill was at the recent Isle of Man Classic TT, as well as attending the nearby Festival of Motorcycling at Jurby. Here are a few shots and descriptions capturing the atmosphere.
One of more than 300 bikes in the Isle of Man Museum, a 1936 350cc new Imperial. At Jurby, a 1923 350cc Perivale with spring frame. BELOW A 1979 Silk 700 S, one of just 139 manufactured in England. George Silk of Silk Engineering raced vintage Scotts and used the Scott engine and Spondon racing frame and forks to produce his own water-cooled motorcycle. Unfortunately the bike never took off because of its high price tag, and George lost money on every bike sold. ABOVE This special 750cc Suzuki is all stainless steel and nickel plated aluminium. It took two years to build. BELOW A 1956 250cc Suhl from East Germany, one of hundreds of bikes in the carpark of Creg Ny Baa pub, a key vantage point on the TT course. BOTTOM RIGHT Something a bit different, a Henley, built by the Clarke brothers in Birmingham using a Blackburn engine and Burman gearbox.