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David Jefferies Memorial Lap 25 May 2004

There will be a tribute lap of the TT course on Mad Sunday in memory of David Jefferies.

A group of local motorcycle enthusiasts is staging the slow tribute lap to honour the 11 times champion, starting from the TT Grandstand at 1pm on June 6. The TT course will remain open for the lap and speed limits around the course will apply.

Tourism Minister David Cretney said:

"The organisers have promoted the tribute lap to honour the memory of David Jefferies, with the support of the Jefferies family. Various government departments and the emergency services are co-operating to ensure the lap takes place safely and with the minimum public disruption. The tribute lap will be led by a police car followed by a number of celebrity participants. It will depart from the pit lane at 1pm and proceed around the TT course at 30mph.

"We can't know how many people intend to join the tribute lap but anticipate it could be up to several thousand motorcycles. We are advising other motorists to be aware there is likely to be congestion, urging them to stay away from the TT course if possible and if not, to allow extra time for any journey."

All participants are requested not to overtake the lead vehicles as to do so would be disrespectful to the memory of DJ. There will be traffic control and management at key points to assist the flow of traffic and participants must obey traffic lights and police officers. As usual on Mad Sunday, a one-way system will be in force over the Mountain Road.

In the interests of safety, the organisers are requesting that cars and vans do not join in the parade. Participating bikers can assemble at the Grandstand from 11.30am on Mad Sunday June 6, and the police will encourage them to form an orderly queue back along the TT course. Once the queue has reached Governor's Bridge, anyone wishing to join the lap should go to Creg-ny-Baa via the back road (B12). In the event that the queue stretches to Creg-ny-Baa, it will then turn onto this road.

On completion of the lap, participants are asked to disperse. They can choose from various other events including the Honda Day in Peel and the Ramsey Sprint.

The Tourism Minister has written to residents of Glencrutchery Road who are likely to be inconvenienced by motorcycles assembling for the lap seeking their co-operation. Access for residents of Second Avenue and Third Avenue is to be maintained before and during the lap.

One of the objectives of the organisers is to raise money for a charity which has been established in David Jefferies' name. Special T-shirts and stickers will be on sale around the Island. Details are on the David Jefferies racing website www.davidjefferiesracing.com under gifts.

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