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Re: Isle of Wight 'TT'
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2020, 01:17:29 PM »
Wow what great news to lift the spirits in the Covid times,lets hope this happens. 8)
Maybe as a club we should register our interest regarding giving parade laps,club stand etc.
If we could get good prices for camping and the ferry that would help as the monopoly of the steam packet company for the Isle of Man TT races has pushed up ferry prices to silly levels.
Any club committee members thoughts on this ? :)
I have already registered my interest on their website.
« Last Edit: July 30, 2020, 08:13:49 PM by Captain Scarlet »

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Re: Isle of Wight 'TT'
« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2020, 04:41:02 PM »
Let's hope it progresses better than the Welsh TT
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Re: Isle of Wight 'TT'
« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2020, 06:34:02 PM »
Good news but being in October is a little late in the year.

We booked tickets for the Welsh road races when it was announced, so I hope this goes all the way.

I know the TT ferry is steep but I am sure the ferry and digs prices will go up as well for the Isle of Wight.

Can't wait for more details on the racing, will they race in the wet or as it got to be dry if the circuit is a high speed one.

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Re: Isle of Wight 'TT'
« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2020, 08:22:55 PM »
They want it that late as to be the week after the last round of British Superbikes at Brands Hatch so the riders and teams will be already located close.
Anyway this isn't welsh wales  :o its in the sunny sarf  :P so here's looking forward to a late summer down here next year.
And who's going to the club rally in 3 weeks time ?

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Re: Isle of Wight 'TT'
« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2020, 05:19:47 AM »
It all looks the same as the Welsh TT thing, of a couple of years ago.
The same promo. The grinning Steve Player riding around the proposed course. Just as he did around the Welsh military roads. That one was never going to work. I feel the IOW TT will be a non starter somehow.

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Re: Isle of Wight 'TT'
« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2020, 09:18:43 AM »
I agree with Hustler. As much as I would love to see the Isle of Wight TT happen, I get the feeling through lack of funding, locals complaining, and health and safety it will be a no show. Happy to be proved wrong though. ,

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Re: Isle of Wight 'TT'
« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2020, 09:48:45 AM »
registered my interest , lets see what happens.
I could agree with you then we would both be wrong

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Re: Isle of Wight 'TT'
« Reply #8 on: August 01, 2020, 10:30:02 AM »
Over the last couple of years I have occasionally put post on the Facebook TT group about the TT being relocated to the Isle of wight just for some fun .
Some of them used to go ape-shit over it.

Would love to see it happen but in the present climate I would be surprised to see any road racing in Ireland or possibly even the TT happening in 2021.
With the present Covid-19 lark being a big unknown factor. I cannot see many big investors stumping up money now to in vest in bike race events for next year.
A lot of them lost out this year.
Without a viable virus vaccine the IoM is not gonna welcome loads of visitors (some of whom who don't seem to care about possibly carrying virus - I work with a dick head who think it will not happen to him and takes no precautions)

Many of the Irish road race meeting were cancelled even before the virus appeared because of financial reasons - days are gone when people would just turn up and race on roads.

Would have thought the initial costs of setting up a brand new event would be huge. Proposed course has to have all cats eyes removed, sign posts moved, etc, etc.
Will the liability insurance people ever deem it safe enough to pass off and cover it.

Only an 8 mile course and its a time trial like the main TT - Only 36 entrants in a race.

October - huge risk with the weather.




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Re: Isle of Wight 'TT'
« Reply #9 on: August 01, 2020, 01:38:14 PM »
Although the reasons and opinions given that this event might not go ahead are mostly quite likely and shared because of past experience , until that becomes fact I would rather take a more hopeful view.If people say investors will not invest it becomes a self generating prophecy because of the negative feeling build up.
The website asks people to register a interest IF this were to go ahead without asking for any financial outlay so IF this were to go ahead then hell yes !
I lost all my entrance and paddock fees along with fees for parade laps and camping at Olivers mount road racing a couple of years ago due to bad event management  :o but it doesn't stop me wanting to go when new management has got it up and running in a newer and better way.I have been looking forward to the Club Rally to make the best out of very testing year but if it pees down with rain and stops me going will it stop me wanting to go next year ? not as chance because if I thought every day I want to use my bikes it will probably rain I might as well flog them.
Lets hope for a vaccine as soon as possible and support anything that involves our beloved motorbikes. :)
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Re: Isle of Wight 'TT'
« Reply #10 on: August 01, 2020, 02:57:30 PM »
I certainly don't want to appear negative, and as I am a sotonian with ancestors from the Isle of Wight, I would cetainly go to any racing they have there. But, we are talking about a whole new and untried venue, as opposed to somewhere like Olivers Mount. We are a massive Health and safety nation now, not the give it a go and hope for the best nation we once were!

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Re: Isle of Wight 'TT'
« Reply #11 on: August 01, 2020, 06:12:25 PM »
I certainly don't want to appear negative, and as I am a sotonian with ancestors from the Isle of Wight, I would cetainly go to any racing they have there. But, we are talking about a whole new and untried venue, as opposed to somewhere like Olivers Mount. We are a massive Health and safety nation now, not the give it a go and hope for the best nation we once were!

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Re: Isle of Wight 'TT'
« Reply #12 on: August 01, 2020, 06:56:39 PM »
Yep, born in Southampton, both parents from Southampton, two Grandparents  from Southampton, one from the Isle of Wight, one from South Wales, three Great Grandparents from Southampton, two from South Wales, two from the Isle of Wight one from Wareham. I could go on but you get the picture. My mother and Grandmother and Great Grandmother were born Below Bar, which is considered the True Southampton. On my Great grandmothers side, her maiden name was Diaper, which is a well known Sothampton Itchen name. Her brother John Diaper was a Fireman on the Titanic and survived because her was asked to row one of the life boats.

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Re: Isle of Wight 'TT'
« Reply #13 on: August 02, 2020, 06:14:54 PM »
To add to my previous post.
Unfortunately there is a rapidly diminishing appetite for road racing. Take Scarborough for example. The gird is half empty. Apart from Dean Harrison there is only little known track specialists. Gone are the days of Sheen, Grant, Marshal etc.
Then the Spectator numbers are drastically down. Look at the Ulster GP.
Then if the IOW races do go ahead. Could those little ferries cope?
Then take into account. That most present day Motorcyclists are a load of boring old gits. Who will only go out on their bikes to somewhere where there are plenty of toilets where they can sit with a nice cup of tea. And talk about their pension pot or their latest surgical procedures. Without having to shout over the noise of bikes racing past.
As you can probably guess. I have been out on my bike today  & witnessed these old gits first hand.

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Re: Isle of Wight 'TT'
« Reply #14 on: August 02, 2020, 06:19:13 PM »
Yep, born in Southampton, both parents from Southampton, two Grandparents  from Southampton, one from the Isle of Wight, one from South Wales, three Great Grandparents from Southampton, two from South Wales, two from the Isle of Wight one from Wareham. I could go on but you get the picture. My mother and Grandmother and Great Grandmother were born Below Bar, which is considered the True Southampton. On my Great grandmothers side, her maiden name was Diaper, which is a well known Sothampton Itchen name. Her brother John Diaper was a Fireman on the Titanic and survived because her was asked to row one of the life boats.

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