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Manx Flag Flies in Hertfordshire 1 October 2008

A fresh spotlight has been thrown on Britain’s oldest, continuous race for motor cars, the Tourist Trophy, which began on the Isle of Man in September 1905.

The renowned Veteran Car Club of Great Britain is commemorating the early Manx races of 1905, 1906, 1907, 1908, 1914 and 1922 at its head quarters in Ashwell, Hertfordshire, with a dedicated exhibition which includes some the actual cars which participated and competed in these epic races on the Island for the coveted Tourist Trophy, which is also on display, courtesy of the Royal Automobile Club.The Winning Car from the 1908 TT.

Included in the exhibition is the popular Manx National Heritage display ‘A Racing Century’ which the Veteran Car Club specifically requested earlier this year and which was transported and installed by MNH staff this week.

Event Organiser Nicholas Pellett, himself the proud owner of a works Sunbeam motor car which raced on the Island in the 1914 Tourist Trophy, said:

“I had seen the Manx National Heritage display at the House of Manannan at Peel a couple of years ago and instinctively knew that it was exactly what was needed. I was therefore absolutely thrilled when the Director of Manx National Heritage, Stephen Harrison, agreed to its loan for the duration of the exhibition and I would like to express the sincere thanks and appreciation of the Veteran Car Club Board members also to Manx National Heritage”.

A Racing Century DisplayMr Pellett continued:

“Because of this and because of the prominent pioneering position which the Isle of Man and Tynwald occupies in the history of British motoring and motor sport, the Veteran Car Club has taken the unprecedented step of flying the Manx flag at our head quarters, which is probably the first time that the Three Legs of Man have been flown publicly in the county of Hertfordshire. This is already attracting a lot of interest in its own right and visitors are eagerly taking the Manx promotional material supplied by Manx National Heritage”.

The story of ‘A Racing Century’ begins in 1904 when Tynwald came to the rescue of the Automobile Club (later the RAC) and passed legislation which made road racing legal on the Isle of Man, allowing the Gordon Bennett Elimination Trials to take place in the British Isles. The trials were held to determine which drivers would be included in the British team to compete internationally.

Previously the House of Commons had refused requests to allow public roads to be closed for racing, or to relax the strict speed limit of 14 mph imposed the previous year. The ensuing trials of 1904 were a great success which set the Isle of Man firmly on course for a place in the annals of motoring history.

The Rolls Royce once owned by Charles Rolls.  As much as the Automobile Club supported motor racing it was committed to the development of new types of economical and reliable motor cars which could be used for touring and by so doing promote the British motor industry. Therefore they started a competition in 1905 for standard ‘touring cars’. Again, the Isle of Man hosted the event. The course was a hilly 52 mile dust and dirt road circuit which tested man and machine to the limits. The first TT was a great success; as were subsequent Manx TT’s.

The exhibition at the Veteran Car Club, Jasmine Court, High Street, Ashwell, Hertfordshire is open 10am to 6pm – 25th September 2008 to 4th October 2008.

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