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Old 16-07-2017, 10:44 AM   #16
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Woke up to a drizzly morning. After a giant breaky, went off to race central in Douglas to pickup my IOMTTMA (Marshals) pack. I'd signed on some months earlier, nominating Sector 5 purely because it was close to Peel. Looking forward to that . -




Then met up with mate Casey, who was staying in Douglas, and went off to Castletown for the Classic Southern 100. A nice low key event and had a terrific day watching old valuable bikes and sidecars getting thoroughly caned -







One of a handful of Patons. This one's identical twin won its event -

(this is a video, I can make it play by clicking on the pic which then launches the vid - hope it works generally) -



Then sloshed through some paddocks and clambered over some fences to go watch some racing -

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Headed back to Peel with the bike handling like a drunken sailer. Rear tyre nearly flat (new Pilot Road 4s too). Refilled air at a servo, then back to the B+B to get ready for marshalling. We'd been told to be at our stations by 5:30, but at 5pm the website declared practice cancelled due to low cloud.
Low cloud is apparently the most common cause for cancellations, but not for the reason I thought. It's got nothing to do with the riders' visibility - it's that if helicopters are grounded, then Medi-vac is not possible, hence no-go.

So had a stroll around Peel's harbour . . . -






. . . for a fish dinner (note "post a fish". It's a thing here ) -




Some serious machinery. Hair raising stories of sheer courage in the little museum inside -









Then an evening beer over a moody castle, contemplating life -




More . . .
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Old 16-07-2017, 11:32 AM   #17
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Next morning the VFR's rear tyre is flat as a tack again, so limped down to a grungy looking tyre repair place in Peel's dock area I'd spotted last night. The guy said he was flat out and couldn't do it until Thursday .
Horrible visions of joined the bikeless in the long bus queues flashed before my eyes. Instead I managed to say "OK but I was hoping to use the bike this arvo to get to Marshalling". "Marshalling" was like a magic word - he said come back at lunchtime and it'll be ready (and it was). Top bloke .

So went walking again, which was no hardship around here.

Up the local hill lookout (not being creepy - that's the back of my head after experimenting with the tripod and time-delay shutter) -




Then chatted with these Scottish blokes, who regularly go on bike/scuba trips, as you do.
It was not warm -




Leece Museum, great little display -













Lunch venue, which could be described as low-key -




Postal theme again . . . -




Kipper bap and a cup of tea. Lunch of kings -




Then picked up the bike, which was ready as promised, and went riding. Up on the B10 -




Could get a tad windy up here, what do you reckon ? -




Descended down the tiny B22. This pic sums up the IOM attitude to speed limits. Anything within a town is 30mph and enforced. Any road outside a town, regardless of its condition, is 70mph -




Then the rain cleared . Practice confirmed as on , so headed off to Sector 5 and Burnside, the spot I'd been allocated to. Met the team, many of whom have been doing it for 25+ years. The owner of the farmyard we used knew almost everyone by name; it was a really nice atmosphere -




Burnside is just after the hump marking the end of the Cronk-d-Voddy straight -




Tools of trade. Every one of the 560 marshal points on the course has a kit like this, as well as radios and so on. As a novice-marshal though, my job was to spot race numbers and perhaps hold a flag, which was fine by me -



Understandably, marshals are not allowed to take pictures, so no photos for the next few hours. One of my jobs was to spot race numbers as the riders went past, so if they crashed, were leaking oil, etc, in our sector we could call them in to central command. Easy job eh ? Well, although the bikes could be heard for many seconds before they appeared over the hump, nailing it down the Cronk straight, despite lifting off slightly before the hump, they came over at 150+mph usually on the back wheel and were gone in a violent flash of colour and noise. It took lots of bikes before I recalibrated my brain to catch the numbers .


It turned into a lovely evening with clear, beautiful light. Around 9pm, after the sidecars had finished, race radio told us that there'd be a pair of bikes doing an extra lap before the roads reopened to the public. It turned out (as I guessed at the time ) it was for a promotional video. Although there were 2 S1000RRs that went past, only Peter Hickman on his cam-covered bike is shown in the video. You could tell when they went past that they were showboating as they pulled massive full-speed wheelies down our little straight. It's the best IOM video I've seen and is 19 mins well spent (I'm at 5:39 btw ) -



Beer and curry at my fav dinner spot that evening -

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Old 16-07-2017, 02:52 PM   #18
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One of a handful of Patons. This one's identical twin won its event -

(this is a video, I can make it play by clicking on the pic which then launches the vid - hope it works generally) -

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Works fine here
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Old 16-07-2017, 03:07 PM   #19
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(I'm at 5:39 btw ) -
Yeah, saw you there...



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Beer and curry at my fav dinner spot that evening -


Oh yeah!! My kind of spot, too
I'm enjoying this yarn immensely...and the "human" side of the whole thing in particular.

Enough distance to see the whole picture, but close enough to be part of it.
And all that with enough space to fill in the little voids with imagination.
Bravo, storyteller!
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Old 16-07-2017, 05:15 PM   #20
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I nearly choked on my Apple and Carrot in Almond Butter, when I saw this pic.

It's a beauty!
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