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Hey, that‘s a Williams FW08 from the early 80‘s (when F1 cars were not ugly yet :p) that Guy Martin is driving in that last video. I knew he was in Francorchamps 2 years ago working as a mechanic in the Williams team. He is actually a truck mechanic … and one of the most unusual & funny guys I‘ve ever seen at the TT on the Isle of Man. :grin

 

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To give some of the current top TT riders a face too, here are interviews with Peter Hickman, Dean Harrisson, James Hillier and Ian Hutchinsson (who is one of the most impressive & toughest TT riders I have seen).
 

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The TT Sidecar races are quite spectacular too. They use 600cc engines and go around the TT course with an average speed of about 120 mph. The video was made during last year‘s final Sidecar race.

In the last two years a female French Sidecar team participated in the TT … Estelle Leblond & Mélanie Farnier (see picture). This year Estelle Leblond will participate together with a male passenger.

 

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I love the sidecars. It really is amazing to watch. Their progression over the last couple of decades is fantastic even when they went down to the 600cc engines.
 

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H.D., from a Nordschleife visits in short pants when my father took me along, I seem to remember side car racing on the old Nürburgring, but am not sure whether my memory is correct here.
I used to bicycle race on weekends, also owned a Dürkopp track cycle for velodrome racing, and once trialed behind the motorbike for an upcoming race in my hometown's concrete velodrome. Only did a few laps behind the very upright sitting driver, but it was quite an experience.
Btw, falling on concrete is bad enough, but I once fell on the Dortmund velodrome, which is wood, and it took the nurse a long time to pull all the little splinters.
It's like your leg is on fire, and one of my life's least favorite experiences, but I am sure crashing at the TT must be much worse.

Great short

 

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The first time I saw the sidecars was in my early childhood in ‘61 or ‘62 ... in Spa-Francorchamps. ... BTW, many scenes in your video are from that race track.

I remember the top team of the first half of the 60‘s very well … Max Deubel & Emil Hörner with their BMW (the ones at 0:36 in your video). They became world champions 4 years in a row. I was at Max Deubel‘s home once in the mid 60‘s with my father and my brother.

At 0:50 in your video is the Swiss/British team Fritz Scheidegger & John Robinson with their BMW. I always wondered how Fritz Scheidegger could do that … he wore very thick glasses, he must have been half blind.

I was impressed by Helmut Fath who built his own sidecar including its 500cc inline 4-cylinder engine (!) which he called “URS“. He won together with Wolfgang Kalauch the world championship with that sidecar in 1968.

I also liked the top team of the first half of the 70‘s very much … Klaus Enders & Ralf Engelhardt on BMW. They were world champions 6 times.

My favorite sidecars, however, were the ones with the 500cc 4-cylinder two-stroke engines up from the mid 70‘s. ... :smile
 

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As an aside:
There are a few similarities with sailing open class Corsair or Flying Dutchman (FD), you have a steel cable coming from top of mast hooked up to a belt, the front sail rope tightly in both hands, feet spread apart on the side edge of the boat, body parallel over the water. You try to keep the boat as level as possible for max speed.
Sailing close to the wind looks great because of the angle, but is quite slow. In the winter we would do the same, but with skids under the boat for ice sailing and speeds of up to 80+ miles per hour. In the trapeze, helping to balance the boat with the butt frequently within inches of the ice was not for the faint hearted either.
Roughly from our landing across the lake was a sailors pub for people coming by boat. On their menu was a deceptively named 'mild herbal liqueur' which really was 70% alcohol to warm you up in the winter.
My cousins husband was a championship sailer competing in regatta all the time. He taught me how to sail.
Later and semi retired he had a good sized sailing ship berthed in Genova, and would sail the Mediterranean for six month a year.
He would call almost every year, and my question for how long always got the same answer, and my reply to not have the time.
Today, I wish I would have taken him up on his offer. RIP Günther.
 

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Guy's analysis of the TT | Guy Martin Proper

Guy's analysis of the TT | Guy Martin Proper

 

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Here‘s an on-board video of the fastest lap that anyone has ever done on the TT course. Peter Hickman‘s final lap of last year‘s Senior TT race … the big one that everybody wants to win … with “Hicky“ commenting it himself.

This year‘s Senior race will take place tomorrow afternoon. Let‘s see if Peter Hickman can win it again or if Dean Harrison, James Hillier, Michael Dunlop and a number of other really fast guys won‘t let him win it again.

 

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Dean Harrison is the winner of this year‘s Senior TT race. … Peter Hickman finished second and Conor Cummins third (again). … Hicky is still the lap record holder with last year‘s 135.452 mph lap.
 

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Guy's Pikes Peak Speed Run - In Full | Guy Martin Proper

Guy's Pikes Peak Speed Run - In Full

 

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Here are some more impressions from the TT. The first video shows what it looks like from the spectator‘s view when they go through the village of Kirk Michael. The second video shows what it looks like from the rider‘s (Conor Cummins) view. It takes him 24 seconds (1:34 - 1:58) to go through that more than 1 mile long village. At 1:52 he passes the spot the people in the first video are watching from.


 

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Here are some more impressions from the TT. The first video shows what it looks like from the spectator‘s view when they go through the village of Kirk Michael. The second video shows what it looks like from the rider‘s (Conor Cummins) view. It takes him 24 seconds (1:34 - 1:58) to go through that more than 1 mile long village. At 1:52 he passes the spot the people in the first video are watching from.


For Gentlemen with high testicular fortitude and a dash of insanity, wow.
 

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For Gentlemen with high testicular fortitude and a dash of insanity, wow.
I met a few of them and agree with ^this descriptions (Gentlemen, testicular fortitude, dash of insanity). They stand out with an unusual combination of courage & humbleness. … I remember a time when there were more of that kind in motorsport in general.

 

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I met a few of them and agree with ^this descriptions (Gentlemen, testicular fortitude, dash of insanity). They stand out with an unusual combination of courage & humbleness. … I remember a time when there were more of that kind in motorsport in general.

What an enjoyable video. Thanks for posting H.D.
 

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The Isle of Man is a place where every year in late May & early June many extraordinary people (and guardian angels !) meet. … :)

 
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