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Interviews with visitors to the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy (TT) races

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Date(s): 1990s

Creator(s): Manx National Heritage

Scope & Content: Visitors talk to Helen Dethridge about their experience of coming to the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy (TT) races. There is the sound of motorbikes in the background. Sue Zender, off duty police woman from Manchester talks about visiting the races for a third time; Bushys and street entertainment; not drinking and riding; cost of bikes; lack of road closure outside Bushys; visiting Crosby for the custom bikes; TT souvenir t-shirts; lack of advertising and TV coverage of the TT; social side of TT; Hawkwind at Summerland Complex; unique atmosphere at TT; closeness to races; signs and announcements in foreign languages helping reduce accidents; not enough boats and places to stay; and staying at Millbrook guesthouse, Broadway.

Bill, from Lisburn Northern Ireland, Bob Taylor from Sulby and Dave Woods from Poynton at Crosby talk about how the TT is good for the Island’s economy; Sulby Glen Hotel; Isle of Man Breweries; Labatts sponsorship; Bill travelling to Island on a day trip organised by the Ulster Farmer’s Union in the 1960s; numbers of tents; cost of flying from Belfast to the Isle of Man; Manx Grand Prix; Crosby Custom Bike Show; Martin Brunnschweiler; need for advance booking; other radio station links with Manx Radio; riders' pay which could be increased by sponsorship; Mad Sunday; and collecting for charities such as the Phil Hogg ambulance appeal.

Administration / Biographical History: Isle of Man Tourist Trophy (TT) races Oral History Project

Language: English

Extent: 35 min. 38 sec.

Item name: cassette tape

Collection: Sound Archive

Level: ITEM

ID number: SA 2019-0074/12

Access conditions: All reasonable attempt has been made by Manx National Heritage to trace and request permission (where needed) from the copyright holder(s) in this sound recording. If however you think you are a rights holder then please contact Manx National Heritage.

Subject tags : #UOSH, #UOSHTT


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