The TT (Tourist Trophy) motorcycle races have given the Isle of Man an international reputation as being the Road Racing Capital of the World.
The first TT Races were held in 1907 at St Johns with 27 competitors racing 10 bone-shaking laps of a 15 mile circuit of public roads.
In 1911 this short circuit was replaced by the 37½ mile Mountain Course which, at that time, turned right at Cronk ny Mona and came out at the top of Bray Hill. A few years later the course changed again to follow the route which still forms the 37¾ mile circuit for today’s races.
The TT Races, then and now, are a test of endurance for both rider and machine and an opportunity for manufacturers to push to the limit the reliability and technological innovations of their latest motorcycle designs.
There are TT displays at the Manx Museum with everything from one of Joey Dunlop’s motorcycles and Mike Hailwood’s race trophies to TT badges, stickers and beermats.
Joey Dunlop's motorcycle - TT display at the Manx Museum.
Mike Hailwood's motorcycle - TT display at the Manx Museum.
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