The Isle of Man is the road racing capital of the world. It started in 1907, when 25 riders set off at 10 a.m., on May 28 on the Short Course at St. John's. Little did they realize they were starting a tradition of motorcycle road racing that has become the envy of the world. Frank Hulbert and Jack Marshall had the honour of starting that very first Tourist Trophy (TT) race on their Triumphs. Rem Fowler won the Twin Cylinder class on his Norton, at 36.22 mph, while Charlie Collier took the honours on a Matchless in the Single Cylinder class, at 38.22 mph.

In 1911, the races were moved to the 37.73-mile Mountain Course, where they remain today. Now the average speeds are in excess of 120 mph and the island is justifiably known as the Road Racing Capital of the World. The T.T. is the only true long-distance road racing event in the world.