Welcome back my fellow learners, today we are going to learn how the Isle of Man TT's actually began and who started it.
It was the spirit of competition which brought the TT competition to the Island, because racing on the motorways of England were impossible, and were forbidden by an Act of Parliament, and the introduction in 1903 of a ridiculously low speed of 20mph limit. Sir Julian Orde, who was then the Secretary of the Auto Club of Great Britain and Ireland, went to the Isle of Man in February of 1904 because he had a shrewd idea the Manx authorities would take on a more conciliatory attitude towards racing on their public roads.
And he was proved right. The Highways Act 1904 granted permission in the Isle of Man for the 52.15 mile course for the Gordon Bennett Car Trial in 1904, this was the British trial for the European racing championships.
It was not until the next year a trial race for motorbikes was introduced, the next day after the Gordon Bennett Car Trial. However, back then motorbikes were not as powerful, and had major problems climbing the steep mountain section, this meant the race was redirected and didn’t return to the Mountains till 1911.
The new route from Douglas south to Castletown, then north to Ballacraine travelling the A3 road, then returning to the beginning at Douglas from Colby and Glen Vine along the TT Course in a reverse direction. This was won by J.S. Campbell in 4 hours, 9 minutes and 36 seconds.
The new race was brought forward by the Editor of The Motor-Cycle Magazine on 17th January 1907. The races were to be run in two different classes, with the single cylinder bikes averaging 90 mpg, and twin cylinder bike averaging 75 mpg. This was performed to show the road touring nature of motorbikes. The organisers insisted on regulations for pedals, saddles, exhausts and mudguards.
So there you have it my lovelies, how the famous TT's were founded, and by whom.