While Formula One has Monaco, and NASCAR has Daytona, the Tourist Trophy has the Isle of Man. Possibly the most prestigious motorcycle races in the world, the Isle of Man TT takes place every Spring on the British Crown Self Dependency that rests in the Irish Sea, and is in its 104th year. Each of those years the bikes get faster, while the riders never get any less crazy.
This promotional video compiles years of racing into one four and a half minute long orgy of 12,000 rpm redline insanity. It’s one thing to see a four wheel missile at speed, even an open wheeler with only a thin layer of carbon fiber between driver and annihilation. It’s a totally different matter when that thin bodywork is replaced by leather johnnies and the grace of God.
Due to safety concerns, the race lost its championship status in 1977, but remains a venerated TT event every year. The 2011 Isle of Man TT is little more than a month away, and in case that realization alone isn’t exciting enough, check out the video, and get ready to fly. And remember, each and every one of those riders, is certifiably insane.
[youtube width=”640″ height=”385″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sE7H6f9PVwk[/youtube]
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