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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-28-2015, 01:39 AM Thread Starter
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Leaving tonight to spend a few days on the Island

Went in 2013 and had a fab time

Marshalling on two days

Anyone else around? Planning on meeting a few mates in Douglas on the Sunday evening

Excited . And it's not raining ☺️

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Watch for Ade on his Kwacker race bike..... Juan is marshaling....thee are more than a few of our forum family that will be there (or live there).

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-28-2015, 08:50 PM
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I've been here since Monday. I was also here in 2013, and I've already made reservations for next year. Meeting Ade and Juan Sunday for the Jurby bike show.

To those who've not been here yet:

All of what you've heard, read, or seen do not do it justice. It's better than that. The sense of freedom that surrounds this event is everywhere; from the atmosphere in the paddock to the people that you meet.

Tonight I met Max Washer at Sulby Bridge while watching practice. Max won the Manx GP in 1958. Max is 84 now, but he'll be riding both at Jurby and the full mountain course on parade laps for past Champions. He'll be riding a factory Norton that's probably worth more than a new f4. Max also recently bought a new Honda CBR 500 just to play around on!

Max actually approached me first, introduced himself, then started the conversation because he saw that I was (temporarily) alone there at the bridge. Needless to say, I'm now a big Max Washer fan. The scene I just described is not all that unusual on the IOM.

Yesterday I met an Englishman who wants to set a land speed record at Bonneville next year. He'll be riding a home-built turbo-charged and injected 600 cc Yamaha in a Hyabusa frame. He needs to go 206 MPH. Although he got rained out this year, he's determined to come back next year. He's well into his 60's.

I met another Englishman here in 2013 who also has the same dream. His home-built features a JAP engine in a Triumph frame. He lost several thousand dollars in 2013 getting everything to Bonneville only to be rained out, then got rained out again this year. Yep, next year. He's 72 YO.

It looks like I'll be helping both of them next year with transportation, tools, EZ-ups, and all the rest of the things necessary to mount a serious effort. Perhaps I'll start a thread for anyone wishing to join us or simply lend a hand (#lastchanceracingteam ?).These people are worth it. Burt Munroe types, but without their hands out. Again, these are the type of people you meet at the Manx GP. Lots of very young people in not-so-young bodies.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-01-2015, 02:08 AM Thread Starter
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Spent yesterday marshalling from the drive of Dave Downie MBE just past Agos leap - (Mr Hyperbaric chamber

What a truly interesting gentleman and what a great days racing once it got started

Weather has been perfect to .

Plus his wife served us lasagne for lunch and kept us topped up with tea and coffee !

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