I’ve just about got all my video footage from the 2011 Manx GP up online. Links below to each video with a brief description of what they are. Of main interest I expect are the Castletown meeting video featuring the 7 Scotts parked up and Mr Duffin et al riding off, and two seperate laps of the TT course taken with on board cameras in HD, both done on closed roads on the only 2 Scotts and the 2 oldest bikes in the closed roads laps. We were under sstrict instructions not to overtake the travelling marshals as they would set the pace. I never caught ours….!
Footage from the VMCC meet at Tony Easts (ARE Museum) ~3 1/2 mins
Footage taken aboard 1928 TT2 riding from Hollberry corner to Castletown ~33 mins
Footage taken at Castletown town square with an RC166 and an MV 500 running, plus the Scotts and riders ~6 mins
Ride back from Castletown to Hillberry ~26 mins
Full lap on closed roads aboard 1928 TT2 looking back at VM7775. I added all the corner names I knew into the video to remind me where I was! I averaged 53.5mph which was quite fast enough for me, my main aim to get me and bike round safely and give the spectators a good dose of “R”. We got a very big cheer from the assembled when we left the grandstand totally engulfed in a cloud of blue smoke. At times in the first few minutes the video camera auto-steady was not coping with the engine vibration so the picture goes wavy, it improves later on so bear with it. ~45 mins
Same closed roads lap but on 1929 TT Rep WW7775 looking forward at TT2. Note around 20 minutes a missed gear, engine stalls, clutch let back out with a bang. This loosen the RH crankpin screw which slowly cut a hole in the crankcase until it ended the lap on one cylinder. Hear it spitting and coughing going up the mountain. Ouch. ~45mins
I have finished editing a cut together version of the two closed roads laps videos once I’d worked out how to edit two videos together into one without loosing the timeline. Here is the link:
It enabled me to cut between the two videos and remove most of the high vibration footage so the link above is much more watchable than either of the raw ones (in my opinion!).
What superbly evocative videos !
Thank you Richard for sharing the sounds & sights, which must have been so familiar to the heroic riders of Scotts in the Senior TTs of yesteryear.
You must have had a most exhillarating ride to average 53.50 mph, which is way above any speed that I would have acheived, but do you realise that your average is spot on the fastest lap of H.O.”Tim” Wood in 1914 ? Those were the days when Scotts, in common with most other makes, were what I describe as “all engine and no brakes”
Moving on to 1928, your machine TT2 is contemporary with the Scott that Tommy Hatch rode into third place at an average of 60.89 mph – and that was in pouring rain !
What courageous men they were, eh ?
I will put a few anecdotes together for ‘Yowl’, in due course.
Good to hear positive feedback, I know a lot of people read this forum but not many respond, so it is difficlut to judge if time/effort put into creating such stuff is worthwhile or not. To produce an hour of video takes around 4-6 times that to copy/edit/publish etc.
My speed was limited to about 70mph max as I was still in the final stages of running in and coming out of quarterbridge I did feel it tightening up so backed off to ensure I finished the lap. Next year should be taps fully open!
All I can say is that all the riders from the pre war era were true heros (nutters?) to lap as they did on dirt roads. It felt quick on smooth tarmac, I’d suggest I couldn’t lap that bike at 60mph in the wet nowadays let alone as Mr Hatch did. Mind you I was also going slow enough to see all the lamp posts, telegraph poles and roadside flowers to know mistakes are severely punished so my lack of experience and course knowledge meant I rode it as a road I had never ridden before.
Your VHS will be in the post tomorrow together with a DVD backup, many thanks for the loan.