Absolutely, Giacomo Agostini was my hero. What a great champion and at 75 still around to tell the tale :smileThese was a time when this race was on the what is now the MotoGP series schedule a very long time ago up through 1976.
Agostini won it 10 times in a row.
Btw, I found the my old trusty sailing license a few month ago between old documents. Its the same color grey plasticized or waxed linen, the same size, and even has the rivets through the pic edges with a stamp covering part of the pic. The German drivers license has Führerschein, the sailing license Fahrerlaubnis on the cover. Translating to 'drivers license' and 'driving permit respectively.That is fantastic. In the Mann TT from 2015 Agostini and The Doctor(Rossi) were there to watch the race. It was a great race week. Rossi was thrilled to see Agostini and likewise from Agostini was thrilled to see Rossi face to face. Somewhere on the interweb there is a very brief video of them meeting. In that Rossi was amazed by the whole TT. Agostini said it is just another race. Agostini praised Rossi as the greatest Italian rider ever. Rossi replied and basically said if this was a track on the modern MotoGP he would have no idea how to deal with it.
I got my driver's license in England back in 1981. My first car was a Mini 1275 GT. I loved it, wish I still had it and the only time I had more fun driving a car was on open tracks. Long live the 1275 GT!!.
Years ago I thought about bringing one back to the US, but the prices were amazing. They were selling used and beat for more than my 1 year old 1275 we got at a used car lot in Weybridge for 3000 quid. IMO the best ever first Mini ever made.
Thank you for the great ride down memory lane.
At that time the TT was part of the motorcycle world championchip which comprised 6 racing classes (50cc, 125cc, 250cc, 350cc, 500cc and 500cc sidecars). MotoGP is the successor of only the 500cc class. Each of these former classes had more participants than the MotoGP ever had. On the TT all these classes participated.These was a time when this race was on the what is now the MotoGP series schedule a very long time ago up through 1976. ...
I saw Joey Dunlop race on the Isle of Man, but I never saw Hailwood or Agostini race there. Those I talked to, who saw all three race there, all said that Mike Hailwood was the best TT racer.... Agostini won it 10 times in a row.
Agostini liked Francorchamps very much … he and MV Agusta still participate in the “Biker‘s Classics“ in Francorchamps every year. Hearing these 3-, 4- and 6-cylinder MV‘s and the Hondas of the 60‘s at that event always brings back great memories. The anual motorcycle GP (with all 6 classes) at Spa-Francorchamps from the early 60‘s through the 70‘s (and until 1990 without the 50cc & 350cc) belong to the best motorsport I‘ve ever seen … until the end of the 70‘s I saw all motorsport events there. … I usually stayed in the paddock Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoon around the racers and their bikes. Hailwood and Agostini and a little later Barry Sheene were everybodie‘s heros, of course, also mine, but I was also impressed by private riders, like Jack Findlay who did all the work on his 500cc Suzuki himself, calmly and with his attractive girlfriend helping him. On race day (Sunday) you had to be on the stands already early in the morning in order to get a seat.Absolutely, Giacomo Agostini was my hero. What a great champion and at 75 still around to tell the tale :smile
The discussion whether Agostini or Hailwood were the greatest seems to be ongoing...
There is a speed limit of 50mph between Douglas and Ramsey over the two TT weeks for the first time this year. But it seems that the road signs displaying it are too small for the fast racers to recognize them … they registered a speed of 206 mph when James Hillier passed the Sulby Glen Hotel during practice last week. … :wink_2:... Not sure about the current regulations for the Isle, but at least up until 2012 which is the last time I was there the Isle had no posted speed limits for daily driving. ...
Always those bloody Germans :grinHere is a video of Peter Hickman (last year‘s “Senior TT“ winner and lap record holder) explaining the new camshaft control system called “Shiftcam“ which the new and, IMO, beautiful BMW S 1000 RR, which he‘s going to use this season, is equipped with.
It could have been the Americans or the British, if they could have let go of their horse-and-buggy non-metric units which unnecessarily complicate the application of Newton‘s laws of motion and other calculations, occupying brain capacity that German engineers have left for ideas. I think the Americans could have gone to the moon without those bloody Germans if they would have been used to the metric unit system. …Always those bloody Germans :grin
Here is a video that gives a rough idea of Guy Martin. He was neither the best nor my favourite, but one of the most unusual among the TT racers during his racing career. He enriched the TT in his way. Listening to him talk with his strong East Midlands accent always amuses me, even if I don‘t understand every word he says. … LOL... These guys are quite extraordinary people … some with impressive personalities … some with unusual personalities, like Guy Martin, for instance .. LOL .. who, BTW, has never won the TT. ...
Working with 4 wheelsHere is a video that gives a rough idea of Guy Martin. He was neither the best nor my favourite, but one of the most unusual among the TT racers during his racing career. He enriched the TT in his way. Listening to him talk with his strong East Midlands accent always amuses me, even if I don‘t understand every word he says. … LOL