After 100 years of racing, the IOMTT could see route changes

More than a century after the Isle of Man TT began in 1911, organizers are talking about making some changes to the race’s famed Mountain Course.

Motorsport is a constantly evolving scene, but the Mountain Course has been relatively unchanged for the past hundred years, and that’s been part of the race’s appeal. Hardcore fans know every bend and turn of the 37-mile public road course, which serves as the racetrack for both the Isle of Man TT and the Classic TT.

However, some locals are unhappy about having their streets shut down for hours at a time. The island also sees traffic jams when streets re-open, as everyone rushes about trying to take care of business.

For those reasons, organizers are talking about changing the course’s routing, a major change to the race, especially for the seasoned vets who’ve been there for decades. Isle of Man Today is reporting local civic leaders are discussing a re-routing that would include new roads, possibly.

There’s also a new grandstand in the works, says Isle of Man Today; the current grandstand has been around since the 1970s.

No doubt any changes will be decried by some longtime fans, but if the changes keep locals happy, it’s likely for the TT’s long-term benefit, as there’s no worse enemy of racing than disgruntled neighbours.

4 thoughts on “After 100 years of racing, the IOMTT could see route changes”

  1. If there’s truly “No need for the ‘nanny state’ to makes things ‘safer’ for ‘our own good’” then how about we get rid of those tiresome laws around “distracted driving is bad” and “no cellphone use while driving”? So what if a few bikers die because they get hit by a distracted driver on their cellphone? That’s just the price of the libertarian utopia of LAWS BAD and FREEDOM GOOD.

    Check your hypocrisy.

  2. The libertarian in me compels me to wholeheartedly disagree: No need for the ‘nanny state’ to makes things ‘safer’ for ‘our own good’.
    Best as it is currently.
    If something is too dangerous for you…don’t participate.
    If watching something causes you to feel ‘dread’….stop watching it!
    There is no entity that is forcing participation or spectating of the IOMTT.
    The ability to choose is a very beautiful and ‘adult’ activity…no reason for censorship in the name of ‘for our own good’. We’re all ‘adults’, aren’t we?

  3. Anything that improves the safety of that course is needed. It’s brilliant racing, but the chances of dying on the course are way too high.

    As per the Sun in 2018: https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/6448857/how-many-people-have-died-at-isle-of-man-tt-over-the-years-is-it-the-worlds-most-deadliest-race/

    “There have been over 270 recorded competitor deaths in the Isle of Man since 1910 in official races or practices since its inaugural race in 1907. Recent history shows that two competitors have perished so far this year, adding to three in 2017 and five in 2016.”

    Running around that course at 40 mph in 1907 is a speed where you can make a mistake and not die.

    Running around that course at 100 mph in 1955 is much more dangerous, and when you make a mistake you are likely to die.

    Racing around that course at 130 mpg in 2018, is a whole new level of danger: You can die even if you don’t make a mistake.

    I get that there is a deep and powerful thrill to racing in such dangerous conditions, but as the speeds get higher it is on the verge of moving from dangerous to suicidal.

    It would be much better to put in a course that combines some of the safer high-speed areas with some dedicated racing sections that bypass the worst of the dangerous urban areas where the stone walls and hedgerows are lethal. That would be like the Circuit de la Sarthe used for the Le Mans 24 hours race.

    Frankly, it would be much more fun to watch the IoM TT without the sickening feeling of dread that someone is just about to die.

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