|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.