Is the Island Cursed?
Wednesday nights practice was scrapped at 3 pm on Wednesday
afternoon due to the impending poor weather about to hit the Island.
A fine but cloudy day turned into a lashing for the Island which
went on through the night. Thursday dawned wet and the proposed
afternoon practice was cancelled at 11:30 am.
The Classic Junior and Senior machines along with the MGP
Lightweight and Ultra-lightweight bikes haven't turned a wheel in
anger so far; so disappointing for the riders concerned. Spare a
thought for newcomer David Stiff who still needs to complete his
untimed speed controlled lap after breaking down on Saturday
The man, a company director, who was caught driving on closed roads
on Tuesday evening has been bailed to appear in court on 17th
October, he pleaded not guilty. The incident at Laurel Bank, during
TT week, where marshals were threatened by a man carrying an axe has
now been to court. The defendant, who suffers from mental health
issues, was handed a suspended sentence and ordered tp pay £125
The footbridge connecting Nobles Park to the other side of the
Glencrutchery road has been deemed unsafe and is closed for public
use. A new bridge is planned to be in place before TT 2020.
Nathan Harrison, who was second in the MGP Junior practice held on
Monday evening found his 600cc Honda heavier than his Suzuki and
suffered arm pump on his second circuit. Nathan is a recipiant of a
Hailwood Foundation award, I was asked by Dave Ronan of the Hailwood
Foundation to take some photographs of their riders, Nathan, Brad
Vicars and Stephen Parsons. Bruce Anstey very kindly photo bombed
the shot much to everyone's amusement, he ran off laughing!! It is
good to see him in such high spirits.
The Classic TT entertainment starts on Friday with No Limit being
shown on the big screen at the back of the Grandstand. Charlie
Williams is due to have his chat show at 1:30 pm and at ":45pmon the
main stage. If he goes ahead he will be competing with the
afternoon's practice session that has been rescheduled from
Thursday. Charlie will also be doing book signings over the weekend
for his autobiography 'C.W It was 'The best of Times'. It's a must
for all enthusiasts, Charlie has an encyclopaedic memory and is a
The Douglas promenade upgrade is still in progress and has been
beset with some issues with the service cracking. The Government
have offered businesses that have been adversley affected by the
disruption a one off payment of £6,000, this is subject to certain
conditions. The business owners have been reported to say that it is
too little and too late.
The TT and now the Festival of Motorcycling have been blighted with
postponements and cancellations, surely but surely it cannot last!!
being photo bombed by Bruce Anstey: left to right, Jim Hunter,
Stephen Parsons (seated), Bruce Anstey, Brad Vicars, Nathan
Harrison, Dave Ronan and Jim's daughter
John McBride, ex
traveling marshal and now a committee member of the Manx Motorcycle
Forest Dunn's awning
James Hillier's Oxford
Racing 888 Ducati / Louigi Moto
Warming up Dean
Harrison's Laylaw Racing 250 Honda.