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All I can say is that if you have never been, you owe it to yourself to go. It's not easy to get there. There is no direct route. Fly and take the ferry, fly international and take a puddle jumper are the two options. Both book almost a year out, as do accommodations. It ain't cheap. But there is nothing, absolutely nothing, like it. The the trouble to do it. You'll be glad you did. I promise.
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I went 1 year, 2004. With the intentions of "scoping it out" thinking I might have a go on my Ducati the next year.

It is an experience. But it's not like the kind of racing you know. Done on streets and country roads with each lap 32 (34 ? I forget) miles long.

You only see a very small part of the racing. And as they don't all leave at the same time you very seldom see any passing attempts. For spectators it can be quite boring. And unless your personal friends with someone racing you can't get into the pits.

We were sitting right behind Tommy Clucas's family when he hit the wall at Ballaugh Bridge. That's a sickening feeling.

Two people dies racing there that year. Another 14 spectators managed to kill themselves playing "Boy Racer" after the races when the road is again open to traffic.

That's not uncommon for this event.

I decided to never go back. But I have friends still racing sidecars over there.

Juggling chainsaws is a lot safer.
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Isle of Mann
Baja 1000
Erzberg Rodeo

My top 3. Although I’m partial to the classes with the fewest pages in the rule book.
My ears perk up when there is talk about racing events the require your blood type to be permanently affixed to your riding/driving suit.
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We all know road racing is hard to spectate in person. Every two, three, five minutes we are treated to all kinds of noise and commotion, then silence 'till they come around again. The Mountain course is 37.75 miles, and a really smokin' lap will be just over fifteen minutes for the fast kids on the Super Bikes. And it's a time trial, not shoulder to shoulder. So spectating is as much a social event as it is race watching. Find the right spot, fall in with a good bunch of race fans, and it will prove to be an immensely enjoyable experience.

I love the small town county fair atmosphere. Full access to everyone for everyone, no pro racing prima donnas hiding from their fans. For those of you who attend American drag racing, even when the NHRA pros are in town, the TT is much the same. Nothing like F1 or other forms of pro road racing where the fans are treated as more of an annoyance, a "necessary" evil", who are mostly just in the way.

Last time I was there with my younger son, we found ourselves wandering the pits one rainy morning. An obviously small-time sidecar crew were wrenching feverishly to get their rig back together. Weather was clearing, and they were slated to go out when it did. They weren't gonna make it, so my son and I asked if they would like some help. Next thing you know, we spent a couple of hours helping them get their sidecar back together. Granted, mostly cleaning parts and handing off tools, but it saved them valuable time in getting down onto and back up off of the floor, running back and forth for tools, and all of those kinds of time-suckers we all deal with.

They made it, were about the slowest guys out there, but now they were "our" team, we had someone to root for. Good times.

Beyond that, touring the island on the "off" days is a wonderful experience. Lots to see. It would be a lot of fun even if there were no racing. It really is the "whole" of the experience, the history, tradition, lore, all of that. If you want "good racing", there are far, far more accessible, easier ways to get it.
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Historic Racers are probably the friendliest people on the planet.

Sidecar guys, even better.

Actual "Road Racing" done on street courses is another world. I have always understood I could be injured or even killed on the track. But today's race tracks are designed to minimize impacts. I know for a fact I can slide on my back for 100 yards and then just walk over to the para medics. But the IoM course is lined with solid stone and solid trees. Make a bad mistake ......

I went to Daytona just after the IoM. And I booked in to race my sidecar there a few years back. But the transport deal fell through and I couldn't make it. That was a real shame as they don't normally run sidecars there.

Oh. Not only is there no real protection for the riders but there's none for spectators either. Greg Kenzig was hit by a bike while watching the race up near Ballaigh Bridge.

Oh. IoM. It's expensive. Good accomadation is hard to get as well. Book everything in advance. Especially car hire.

But it should be on your bucket list.
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And that bucket better have some money in it...

Yes, horribly dangerous, and not just for the riders. Be aware of where you are sitting or standing. I may be wrong, but I believe that more non-participants have been killed than participants. They are now approaching 300 rider deaths in approximately 100 runnings, so almost three per year. And it's slowed down dramatically in recent years, with very strict new rider vetting and qualification. One can only imagine what it was like prior to this "modern era".

That is, alas, the appeal. There are guys who will climb the climbing wall at their local gym. There are guys who will free climb The Matterhorn. I think I might understand the attraction to that level of risk, but realistically, I'm sure I do not. Top riders only buy one way ferry tickets - it's considered presumptuous to buy the return ticket before the week is over...
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It's definitely on my bucket list. Balls the size of cantaloupes!
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been on my bucket list for years but never enuff money.i did know ferrous would like this.the new side hacks are real neat.and its balls to the wall for every racer
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