Finally, race day has arrived. First up is the 500cc Classic event. Thanks to our friend TH, we got pit passes which allowed us to go beyond the spectator areas and into the hallowed grounds where the riders get ready to race, the starting gate and the winners circle.
Hustle, bustle and engines revving, the racers prepare themselves for the complete concentration required to safely complete
'the race of their life'.
|I get the sense that he has been doing this for years!|
|David and his friend Paul Matravers, discussing race strategy|
|Champion, Bruce Anstey and his wife chilling before his ride|
And they are off.....with a tap on the shoulder, off they speed down Bray Hill to start each of the 4, 37 3/4 mile laps around the course
|TT star, John McGuinness gets the 'tap'|
|Michael Dunlop guns his ride|
My favourite racer, Maria Costello...
(whats up with the SLOW DOWN sign??)
Given that the race is 4 laps long, the bikes can't make it on a single tank of gas. Pit stops can either 'make it or break it' for a race.
...but more importantly, if they don't get their bikes 'bump started', they can lose valuable seconds on the clock
.....and the winner is.....
Dean Harrison....all smiles for his victory interview
11, 12 and 13 all on the podium, flanked by friends and family
Back to the house for a humble dinner of bangers, beans and mash...
Stay tuned for the Jurby festival....