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'Staying The Course' - The Island's TT Centenary Exhibition 18 May 2007

On Saturday 26th May more than a year of hard work will come to a conclusion as Manx National Heritage’s ‘Staying the Course’ exhibition opens to the public at the Manx Museum, Douglas.

The exhibition, which is one of the largest temporary exhibitions Manx National Heritage has ever staged, covering a floor area of about 300 square meters, celebrates the 100th anniversary of the TT races and the people who have made them what they are – the riders, the marshals, the officials and of course the fans.

TT exhibitionMatthew Richardson, Social History Curator at Manx National Heritage said:

“Preparation for the display has been an extraordinary journey, and has been made all the more interesting by the fascinating people I have met along the way. I have been constantly taken aback by both the affection which exists all over the world for the TT, and by the amazing artefacts which people have held on to and are willing to lend to us from all eras of the event”.

Without giving too much away, the ‘line up’ includes: Rem Fowler, Stanley Woods, Georg Meier, Geoff Duke, Tommy Robb, Mick Grant, Mike Hailwood, Jock Taylor, Joey Dunlop, Steve Hislop, Carl Fogarty, Ian Lougher, Dave Molyneux, Ryan Farquhar, and John McGuinness. Not to mention the chance of listening to the engine sounds of different bikes, discovering how a Norton is tuned or watching Dave Molyneux describe his amazing sidecar career.

Matthew Richardson continued: TT Exhibition

“Being the agent for bringing these things together under one roof has been an amazing privilege; if the TT is the greatest show on earth, then this exhibition promises to reflect that greatness”.

As well as commemorating the riders and their machines ‘Staying the Course’ also explores the social history of the TT and provides answers that have puzzled racing fans for a century. Such as why were marshals in the 1920s called ‘Dunlops’, what did a travelling marshal in the 1940s look like, or even why was Adolf Hitler interested in the TT.

To find the answers to these questions and discover more about the people who have made the TT happen for the last 100 years, then don’t miss this once in a lifetime chance to see the Island’s TT Centenary Exhibition.

The exhibition opens on Saturday 26th May at the Manx Museum on Crellins Hill, Douglas and runs until 15th September 2007. The Manx Museum and the exhibition are open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm and admission is free of charge.

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