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Old 22 Jun 2010
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[quote]I have - you're critisiting the 'powers that be' when they're the ones who have saved the TT (which as we all know was pretty close to not ever happening again after the Foot&Mouth saga). The TT and Manx are only a couple of weeks a year but even those are a privilege, not a right and if we don't take steps towards the social agenda of our time - noise or pollution etc. - it may one day cease to exist.[quote]

Where on earth did you get this gem of information from?. After the cancellation of the 2001 TT due to F&M, the Isle of Man Government stated that if the same was to occur again they would run the races and if necessary compensate the local farmers. By a statement like this it goes to show that it would have been more cost effective to compensate rather than lose the vast revenue the TT brings into the Island. The Island supports 3 major road race meetings covering 5 weeks, these being the TT 2 weeks, Manx GP 2 weeks and the Southern 100 1 week. There is, and always will be unfounded rumours, none more so than leading up to the 2007 Centenary TT.
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Well hindsight tends to turn these things into rumours. As an international website it helps to voice another opinion about things including the TT. Some of my resident friends tell me they would like to see an end to the TT because of the disruption and I clearly remember reports in the last 10 years that suggested the races might be at risk. Hopefully the event will continue to coexist happily with the residents of the island and the current popular sentiment about road racing in general means we can enjoy it for years to come.
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It's not just bikes ,the Isle of Man hosts car,classic car and kart events .
Trials ,hillclimbs,sprints,rallies ,closed road events, etc, etc .
Probably cycling and other sporting events too .

All bring "off island" money and are a huge part of the local economy .I don't think much will change .If a few locals are a little peeved ,they have the opportunity to take a holiday and rent out their house to TT fans .
Seems a good trade off to me .
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Hi Dodger, The Isle of Man does host a vast selection of sporting activities with the exception of the Kart race around the streets of Peel that was stopped some years back, although I believe it does continue on airfield circuits. Enduro is also popular there and some of my club mates from SE London have been over a few times for a 'fast eddy' event. Another event that I think is now defunct was the cycle race held on the full TT mountain circuit, I happened to be over on the Island when this event was taking place some years back, an eerie feeling with the roads being closed and all around 'silence' until the cycles came past in big 'whoosh' then silence again until they had 'trod' their way round 37.73 miles!. anyone interested in the Isle of Man motorsport can visit Isle of Man Motorsports - TT Races, Kart and Drag Racing Information . Although a relatively expensive Island to get to with a motor vehicle, once there you will find it an enchanting Island, one that has drawn me there for 29 TT's, 1 Souhern 100, and 1 Manx GP, the reason for only 1 Manx GP is because they do not have Sidecar races at that meeting!

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To deal with the lack of noise issue, can't you stick and old fag packet into the spokes like we used to on our push bikes?
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