| More Purple Helmet Madness at Onchan
||Any suggestions that the Purple Helmets 'Big One' at
Onchan Stadium on the Wednesday evening of TT Week
would be called off due to incessant rainfall were
never even considered.
Having re-emerged from the ashes of a devastating fire
which destroyed most of their props and trusty Honda
90s just a few weeks earlier, nothing was to stand in
the way of the poker-faced madhatters.
|The added distraction of an England v Greece World Cup
qualifier on the box failed to put off the keenest of
Purple Helmets fans, and both the main stands were
packed to capacity as the bedraggled troupe strutted
their inimitable stuff.
They'd promised nothing new in the two-hour-plus
programme of hilarity and mayhem - 'Just the same old
tripe!' - but no one cared a jot.
The unavoidable lake of water at the laundry end of
the perimeter track simply added to the fun. The
wheelie-bin race was more like a Jet-bike event while
Skid Marks - the amazing tarmac skier - ended up
wearing a drench coat rather than trench coat.
Support act Matt Coulter - otherwise known as the
Kangaroo Kid - struggled with parts of his performance
in the saturated conditions, but his finale of jumps
over the Paramount City van and line-up of Purple
Helmets was quite breathtaking.
If you missed the Helmets last week, there is another
opportunity to see them at large in a special
Motorcycle Gymkhana at the same venue next Thursday
(June 21) being organised as part of the 50th
anniversary of the Onchan Park Stadium.
Also performing will be world trials stars Dougie
Lampkin and Steve Colley, together with British
Superbike ace Steve Hislop and speed demon George
Shuttleworth in the Alternative TT.
The evening starts at 7.45.
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