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TT Legends confirm attendance for Centenary celebrations 21 December 2006

The 2007 Isle of Man TT Races are less than six months away and work behind the scenes continues to carry on at a relentless pace. With the races celebrating their 100th birthday, the organisers are pulling out all the stops to ensure the Island plays host to some of the finest names ever to have competed on the famous 37-¾ mile circuit.

Some of the most iconic riders from TT history will be appearing throughout race week and many of them will re-live their golden days as they take to the Mountain Course once more. They will be riding legendary machines from Honda, Yamaha, MV Agusta, Suzuki, Benelli, Kawasaki, Norton and BMW and many of them will be aboard the machines that gave them some of their finest days. Never before has such an array of world class stars been assembled and among those already confirmed are:

• Giacomo Agostini 10 TT wins, 15 times World Champion, 122 GP wins

• Dieter Braun 1970 125cc TT winner, 2 time World Champion

• Roger Burnett 1986 Senior TT winner

• Kel Carruthers 2 TT wins, 1969 250cc World Champion, 7 GP wins

• Rod Coleman MNZM 1954 Junior TT winner

• Graeme Crosby 3 TT wins, 2 time World F1 Champion

Robert Dunlop 5 TT wins, most NW200 wins ever

• Geoff Duke OBE 6 TT wins, 6 times World Champion, 33 GP wins

• Carl Fogarty MBE 3 TT wins, 7 times World Champion, most successful World Superbike rider ever

• Stuart Graham 1967 50cc TT winner, 2 GP wins

• Mick Grant 7 TT wins, 2 GP wins

• Ron Haslam 1982 Formula One TT winner, 2 time World Champion

• Dennis Ireland 1982 Classic TT winner, 1 GP win

• Mitsuo Itoh 1963 50cc TT winner, only Japanese winner in TT history

• Dave Leach 4 TT wins

• Phillip McCallen 11 TT wins, only man to win 4 TT races in a week

• Chas Mortimer 7 TT wins, 7 GP wins, runner-up 1973 125cc GP Championship, 3rd 1976 350cc GP Championship

• Phil Read MBE 7 TT wins, 8 times World Champion, 52 GP wins, one of only two men to be 125cc, 250cc and 500cc World Champion

• Jim Redman MBE 6 TT wins, 6 times World Champion, 45 GP wins

• Brian Reid 5 TT wins, 2 times World Champion

• Tony Rutter 8 TT wins, 4 times World F2 Champion, 2 GP wins

• Ian Simpson 3 TT wins

• Barry Smith 4 times TT winner, 4 GP wins, 2 times World F3 Champion

• John Surtees MBE 6 TT wins, 7 times World Champion, 38 GP wins, only man to have been World Champion on both 2 and 4 wheels

• Carlo Ubbiali 5 TT wins, 9 times World Champion, 39 GP wins

• Charlie Williams 8 TT wins, 1980 F2 World Champion, 3 GP wins

Other riders set to appear at various stages over race week include Michelle Duff, Iain Duffus, Marc Flynn, Alan Jackson, Nick Jefferies, John Kidson, Ray Knight, Jan Kostwinder, Brian Morrison, Mat Oxley, Steve Parrish, Frank Perris, Richard Quayle, Johnny Rea, Tommy Robb, Heinz Rosner, Frank Whiteway, Barry Woodland and Stan Woods. This is only just the beginning though and more World Class riders are being confirmed each and every week as the lure of the Island pulls even more.

It’s not just the solo riders that are well represented either as some of the greatest sidecar drivers ever to have graced the Mountain Circuit will be in attendance. Already confirmed as participating in the celebrations are:

• Geoff Bell 2 TT wins

• Mick Boddice 9 TT wins

• Max Deubel 3 TT wins, 4 times World Champion, 12 GP wins

• Rob Fisher 10 TT wins

• Dick Greasley 2 TT wins, runner up 1979 World Championship

• Trevor Ireson 4 TT wins

• Dave Molyneux 11 TT wins, fastest sidecar driver ever at 116.04mph

• Nigel Rollason 1986 Sidecar race 2 winner, only man ever to have won on the Mountain Course on both 2 and 3 wheels

• Steve Webster MBE 10 times World Sidecar Champion

The major events where the personalities will be appearing all take place during TT fortnight are:-

• 1907 TT Re-enactment St Johns Course, 28th May

TT Concours D’Elegance Castletown Square – 3rd June

TT Centenary Parade TT Mountain Circuit – 4th June

TT Day of Champions TT Grandstand - 7th June

TT Centenary Dinner Villa Marina – 7th June

TT Parade of Champions TT Mountain Circuit – 8th June

Most of the activity will be centred around the Grandstand and the paddock giving members of the public the opportunity to get close to their heroes and meet some of the most successful men in motorcycling history.

Speaking about the nostalgia events being planned for the Centenary TT, TT and Motorsport Development Manager Paul Phillips said: “TT fans quite rightly have huge expectations about the centenary and we hope that the line up will excite both young and old fans. It has been quite a challenge to track down the ex riders and the classic machines, but it has been a fascinating experience and the enthusiasm for the TT that still exists amongst these heroes is amazing.”

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