31 March 2015
New TT racers exhibition opens on Isle of Man
If you needed any excuse to visit the hallowed road racing Isle, then the new TT racers exhibition is surely as good a reason as any.
The free-to-enter exhibition features some of the greatest names in TT race history that hail from Northern Ireland. Called ‘Ulster’s TT Heroes’, the show acknowledges and celebrates the TT race wins of the best Northern Irish riders throughout the event’s illustrious history.
The exhibition features a retrospective look at the contribution of the Dunlop family; from ‘Joey’, who recorded 26 TT race victories in a 25 year career of racing on the Mountain Course, and his brother Robert, himself a five-time race winner, in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, through to Michael, who now has 11 TT race wins, and Metzeler supported rider William.
Two of Joey’s bikes and his iconic 1988 yellow Arai helmet will be on display together with memorabilia highlighting the successful careers of the other Dunlop family members.
Another big Irish name in TT race history is Phillip McCallen: his historic four wins in a week back in 1996 are featured, alongside his battered leathers from the following year’s TT, when he crashed at Quarry Bends in the Lightweight TT race.
Exhibition curator Suzanne Walker said: “Some of the Northern Ireland’s best riders are inextricably linked to some of the greatest TT races and indeed the event’s history and we wanted to celebrate and acknowledge the country’s contribution through the achievements of individual riders.”
Ulster’s TT Heroes is open every day between 10am and 5pm until 6 September 2015 and is organised by Manx National Heritage, at the House of Manannan in Peel in the West of the Isle of Man.