|Welcome to the new Classic
section at ttwebsite.com. We have pooled the resources of photo archives and
the real, knowledgeable enthusiasts to provide you with news and information of
riders and machines of yesteryear.
Do you recognise this rider?
Can anyone recognise the rider
astride Dr Joe Ehrlich's EMC waiting to start a practice session for the 1962
Ultra Lightweight TT. The three riders programmed were Mike Hailwood, Paddy
Driver and Rex Avery. Both Mike and Paddy retired from the race, Rex finished
6th. The rider shown is none of those three - can anyone give us a name ?
Stanley Woods poses with his first TT mount,
the 1922 Junior
Cotton; he finished fifth. (1922 33FF)
This will not just be a
list of riders and machines, what we need is your input - what would you like
to see in the Classic section?
Suggestions so far include:
A picTTure captures a moment in
your favourite TT memory which we hope to provide a
Looking for information
on machines and riders, let the ttwebsite fans help.
Under the Chequered Flag
a short tribute to those riders no longer with us.
Now it can be
was that tank really too big, etc., etc.
section would be nothing without photographs; we are fortunate to have
available to us something like half a million images, ranging from 1907 (and
earlier!) to 2000 TT and MGP 1923 to date.
include many action and paddock shots from 1907,
ideal to assist restorations, machine history etc.
A few names
that will be appearing in the Classic section.
Peter Kneale - "The Voice of the
TT". Peter's unquenching enthusiasm for the Island races make him a natural for
the Classic section.
Elwyn Roberts - with a name like that, where
could he live but in an unpronounceable hamlet half way up a mountain in Wales!
Elwyn's has for many years corresponded with the riders of yore, as well as
Snelling - Billy Bug the Data Demon - has nearly half a million images
catalogued on his photo database (with that lot nearly complete, he can come
out of the office and re-start a life!). Bill is an ex MGP competitor and award
winner in the MCC long-distance trials, mainly on Velocette. Publisher and
author of many motorcycling books including Honda the TT Winning Years and
History of the Manx GP (both co-written with Peter Kneale)
list is by no means complete, we are contacting other specialists who have
indicated they would like to assist in the ttwebsite Classic
To whet your appetite, these are a small selection of
the photographs available to us. (Please note - all photographs on
ttwebsite.com are copyright, any of these pictures found on other websites
without approval will incur a payment of £100 per day, per picture, to be
paid payable to the Joey Dunlop
Injured Riders Fund , be warned!) We would be happy to discuss use
of pictures for commercial and private websites,
contact us for details.
Copies of all
photographs shown can be purchased, from FoTTofinders.
Walter Schneider and Hans Strauss exit Begoade Corner on their
1954 Sidecar TT, held on the Clypse Course (1954 TV 4a FF)
Mike Hailwood with his
350 Norton at the 1959 TT;
he retired from the race (picture ref 1959 TA20
Can you hear the revs
scream! Mike Hailwood leaves Parliament Square
in the 1967 Lightweight TT
(1967 30/26 IP)
Joey the cameraman. Joey
Dunlop flies at Ballaugh Bridge during the
1983 Manx Grand Prix, whilst
filming for V-4 Victory (1983 MGP 44 FF)
Please let us know what you would like to see in
the Classic section. If you have any ideas or thoughts about who to appear
here, please contact