As is often said ‘doesn’t time fly’ at the time of writing this we are some 40 days until the first practice session for the TT.
Things have unfolded very nicely so far this year; all the social evenings were a success, quite pleasurable and very entertaining. The rider’s forums providing some amusing answers to questions put forward, apparently the best part of the mountain course is the beer tent. John Quilleash did a sterling job keeping the question and answer sessions flowing and lively. Especially taking one question round the room, “who is your favourite rider, solo and sidecar” Joey Dunlop and Mike Hailwood generally featured well and Dave Molyneaux and Nick Crowe for the sidecars, no surprise there then.
Dave Clarke did another great job with the old favourite ‘the marshalling laptop presentation’ between sips of beer and the odd question each presentation went without hitch, other than on one evening when a slight computer problem caused all the orange tabards to appear pink on the screen and some of the flags were a purple colour. By the last evening Dave was word perfect, a shame really because it will probably change again for next year.
The IMCC courses have been in general terms extremely successful, the two carried out in Liverpool were fully subscribed. The last one, for the moment, taking place today Saturday April 9th, again fully subscribed. If you have not been on one and would like to do so there will be more of them, contact the secretary for details.
We, the IOMTT Marshals Association Ltd, are making ourselves known this year at the Stafford Classic Bike Show where we have a stand, if you are going come and find us. I will be there along with secretary Barrie Miller and the Chief Medical Officer Dr David Stevens MBE. We hope to raise the profile of what marshalling the TT and MGP is all about and recruit some new people. We will be situated in the main hall and on plot M30, if you come into the hall at the main entrance and walk straight ahead, you will find us in the far right hand corner.
It should not pass without mentioning all the hard work and hours put into preparations for this years racing by the committee of the IOMTT Marshals Association Ltd. They have not stopped since the AGM last year, there has been much to do to get this far and plenty more before kick off. They all deserve a pat on the back.
The association has spent to date some £11,000 on preparations for this year, mostly on training, recruitment and financing the social evenings and it’s only April.