More than a century after the Isle of Man TT began racing it 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.