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The Magic of the TT 10 March 2004

A new book, titled 'The Magic of the TT' is due out during TT race week this year.

Known as 'the last of the great road races', The Isle of Man TT and its sister event, the Manx Grand Prix, stand at the pinnacle of this most venerable of motorcycle sports. The TT remains the oldest race on the international calendar, and the Mountain Course is revered as one of the most demanding circuits on earth, not only as it far exceeds any other race track in length, the 37.73 mile circuit is packed with approximately 250 dangerous bends and kinks, and when racing at speeds of 300 feet per second, each one could be a potential killer.

Cars first competed across the Mountain in 1904 in qualifying trials for the International Cup. However the first TT, also a car race, was staged in 1905 with the first motorcycle TT in 1907. The course, despite having had minor revisions in the early 1920s, is essentially the same today. The TT races have not only survived nearly a century, but remain in reasonable shape. There are fewer star riders, and the races enjoy far less industry support than they did, but the festival that the TT has become, the very thing that sets it apart, continues in good health.

This evocative book commemorates the greatest motorcycle road-racing event in the world. It charts the history of the TT and is packed with the race results from 1907 to the present day, with details of the greatest riders, the awesome races and magnificent machinery, celebrating The Magic of the TT.

There can be no better author to write about the TT than Mac McDiarmid, he has this race running through his blood. Mac has attended every TT since 1976, first as a fan, then as a competitor, and for the past twenty years as a writer and photographer. He edits the annual TT magazine Island Racer, writes TT reports for Motocourse and provides in-depth TT analysis for Motor Cycle News. He also lives on the Island.

Mac McDiarmid will be signing copies of his book 'The Magic of The TT, A century of racing over The Mountain' at the Lexicon Bookshop in Douglas during race week. Copies will be available on Tuesday 8th June & Thursday 10th June from 12.00noon - 1.00pm. It is possible to reserve a signed copy now at Lexicon Bookshop by telephoning 01624 673004. Recommended retail price is £25.00 and the book is being published in hardback.

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