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TT 2009 Starts with Honda 50th Anniversary Stamps 26 May 2009

Honda has been proudly involved in racing for an impressive half a century and during this time, racing has become part of Honda’s lifeblood. The Isle of Man Post Office is proud to showcase some of the truly legendary Honda riders.

The Stamps

32p – Naomi Taniguchi has the honour of being the first Japanese racer to compete in the World Championships when, in 1959, he became the first Honda rider and the first racer from his country to go out in practice for that year’s Isle of Man TT Races.
33p – Mike ‘The Bike’ Hailwood was a very successful rider for Honda securing an impressive 14 wins at the Isle of Man TT Races from 1961.
56p – Alex George’s best year on the Grand Prix scene was in 1975 when he finished seventh in the 500cc World Championship, but it is as a pure road-racer that he is best remembered and it was on Honda machinery that he recorded his best results. Three times George took victories, twice with Honda during his best-ever TT year in 1979.
62p – Joey Dunlop is a legend and the most successful Isle of Man racer of all time winning 26 times around the TT circuit. His TT career started in 1976 and set his fastest ever lap at 123.87mph in 2000. Truly he was the ‘King of the Roads.’
90p – Eleven times a TT winner, Steve Hislop was inextricably linked with Hondas on the Isle of Man during his career. Steve took his first TT win on a Honda RC30 in the Production B race in 1988.
£1.77 - The modern master of the TT course, John McGuinness currently has fourteen TT wins to his credit, making him the joint second most successful rider in TT history. He took his first TT win in 1999 in the Lightweight 250cc category, a class in which he made his TT racing debut in 1996. Since then he has become the man to beat on the mountain course, winning three races in a week in 2006 and taking the lap record to 130.35mph in 2007.

View the stamps on the Isle of Man Post Office website

A fully illustrated press release can be viewed here

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