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Tourist Trophies – a winning addition to Mountain Milestones 27 May 2011

On Saturday 28th May, the House of Manannan on Peel Quayside will open its doors to showcase the first display of the prestigious Isle of Man TT trophies for TT 2011.

The priceless and unique silverware go on show alongside Manx National Heritage’s latest exhibition, ‘Mountain Milestones’, which opens at the House of Manannan at 10am tomorrow, 28th May. Entry to the exhibition and trophy display is free of charge.

‘Mountain Milestones’ examines what it means to race on the Isle of Man’s historic mountain circuit, what draws riders from all over the world to race here – and also why some high profile names have refused to take up the challenge. Some of the legends who have competed on the mountain include Woods, Duke, Hailwood, Agostini, Grant, O’Dell, Taylor, Fogarty, Molyneux and McGuinness. The exhibition Mountain Milestones looks at their stories and also features memorabilia from racers such as leathers, t-shirts, helmets and trophies.

In addition to the prestigious TT trophies, which are only on display on Saturday 28th May, the star of the show is undoubtedly the Humber motorcycle which won the first ever race held on the mountain, the 1911 Junior TT, with Percy Evans aboard. He won in a time of 3 hours 37 minutes, at an average speed of 41 miles an hour. This magnificent and historic machine has kindly been loaned to Manx National Heritage by the Sammy Miller Museum Trust. Accompanying it will be the original trophy awarded to Evans in 1911, loaned this time by the Oswestry Road Racing Museum. The TT trophies will be accompanied by security officers from G4S who we are grateful to for organising the loan of the trophies.

The exhibition opens on 28th May 2011 at the new temporary exhibition gallery at The House of Manannan, situated on Peel quayside, open daily 10am to 5pm. Admission to the exhibition is free, with donations welcome to the Manx Museum and National Trust.

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Prestigious Silverware on show at the House of Manannan

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