The Isle of Man TT races are the oldest and most famous motorcycle races in the world and in 2007, the event will celebrate its one hundredth anniversary. n the one hundred years since the races began, practically every famous motorcycle racer in history has ridden over the legendary Mountain course. Names like Geoff Duke, John Surtees, Mike Hailwood, Giacomo Agostini, Joey Dunlop, Carl Fogarty and Steve Hislop are synonymous with the TT and all have won famous victories there. But there is a darker side to the TT. The 37.74 mile public roads circuit is widely regarded as the most dangerous in the world, and it has claimed the lives of over 200 competitors. It was this fact that led to the TT losing its world championship status after the 1976 event. From the beginning of the motorcycle Grand Prix world championships in 1949, the TT had hosted the British round but, after losing that status, many thought the event would wither and die. nstead the historic meeting went from strength to strength and in 1979, it hosted one of the most celebrated sporting comebacks in history. Mike Hailwood s victorious return to the TT after eleven years in retirement is the stuff of sporting l
Stuart Barker was born in Galloway, Scotland and graduated from Strathclyde University in 1996. A lifelong motor racing fan, he worked at Motor Cycle News, first as a news reporter then as a feature writer and road tester. After four years, he became a freelance writer and has been published in many magazines including FHM, Superbike, Two Wheels Only and Biker. He has co-written books with Niall Mackenzie and Steve Hislop and wrote a bestselling biography of the late Barry Sheene.