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06-09-2004 09:00 AM
Smitty Man what a difference in what you receive,harvey, & what we are getting over here in North America. We get a 1/2 our blip of '03 then 1 hr on June 8th, 7th, 9th & possibly the 11th. For we have yet to see what is showen on the 9th & 11th.

Just goes to show that Speed really is not interested in m/c things unfortunately for they are not big crowd pleasers & hot for advertising. One could put on a road racing world championship race in the States & be lucky to pull in have the crowd at a normal NASCAR event. Besides very,very few North Americans have ever riding a m/c in their life which is so different to the UK.
06-09-2004 06:25 AM
aaharvey
TT Racing

I live in the UK and I've recently had satelite TV installed, the TT is on at 8.30pm everyday for 10 days (coverage of the days events for 30 mins and a few hour long specials). This racing is truly awesome, as others have said its completely different to circuit racing and the guys that compete must be the bravest of all racers.
There is a fantastic film/DVD documentary of the race, more details here
http://www.dukevideo.com/products/1668.htm

I really want to go in person next year, I'm going to try and rustle up a friends and get over there on the bikes.
06-08-2004 12:37 AM
playrink that's like a yank (unheard-term in US) yawning over baseball, which to me should be marketed as a cure for insomnia. [Flames did go down, great final games]. I foresee a pub on the Isle of Man, me & some like-minded enthusiasts soaking in the intensity of the races, & cheerfully bloviating over the relative merits/evolutions of different competitions. If ur gonna dream, might as well go whole hog. btw I really prefer superbikes to sidecar stuff
06-07-2004 11:46 PM
Smitty No I am not excited about the Calgary Flames playing to-night. My hunch is to-morrow I will be reading that they lost, but then that is my hunch for they are great for getting penalties & often the other team will win.

My interest in hockey went down the drain many yrs ago when all the strange teams starting to appear & that the roughest of play was demanded & expected by the crowds. Simply ruined hockey in the way it was played some yrs back.

I could go into this deeper, but I have not watched a hockey game since around '55 & have stopped watching hockey on TV some yrs later.
06-07-2004 04:59 PM
playrink Smitty, I've decided you're now committed to providing daily commentary after the respective events. This is truly transporting, & yr thoughts are greatly appreciated. Someone w/good organizational skills shd put together a group ride to/on the Isle. Also, being a canuck, aren't you excited by the Flames?
06-07-2004 12:04 PM
LEDSLED Amazing race. Maybe someday I'll see it first hand. Slam a bunch of pints and hit the course after the racers are done for the day!
06-07-2004 08:27 AM
drafter That was a pretty amazing show. The trees and buildings flying by gave you a real sense of speed that you just don't get watching a superbike race on a flat track. Then again I'd hate to hit one of those objects going 180mph.
06-07-2004 08:21 AM
Smitty You are right in that you have read my post accurately. In both cases I was injured & could not go over to race at the TT. I did receive two 16mm reels to study on the event before I would have gone over & they were returned.

No I have not gone over to compete, attend or even see the event, but have been following it through basically Brit m/c weeklies & monthlies along with letters from Brit friends.

I am a keen follower of the Paris to Dakar Rally since 2nd day it started 26 yrs ago due to a write-up in a Brit m/c mag & in the last number of yrs it has been on Speed with 1/2 hr blips.

Sort of like a m/cing I get to know the the specs on those I am interested in & have a few of them myself, or had some of the older bikes in the past. In this end in my garage is an '87 Yamaha TZR250 with many TZ-250 goods, '97 Yamaha YZF600r & '00 Honda 929 of which two are licensed & ridden constantly (being basically 3 days of each week, of the riding season, & from 5 to 6 hrs each time) plus the fact that legally I started riding in '46 & racing from '47 till '89.

You will NOT see me comment on Cruisers or main like of HD bikes to even the latest in dirt comp irons.

I try to perk up regulars & fellow riders about events like the TT, SSDT, ISDE, & Paris to Dakar.

jab: Not yet for Monday. Look up Speed times & in my listings that you must change to your time zone as I list them in the Pacific Time Zone so expect to pick up the 1 hr at 7:00pm my time.
06-07-2004 05:15 AM
jab Hey Smitty, thanks for letting us know, I will definately be watching whats left. Has any of it aired yet(mon. am)? I first heard of the Isle of Man, and the tt about a year ago when one of the Mags did a two part story on it, By the guy who I think recently wrote a book on it, I cant remember his name. It was a great article and Ive been dreaming of going their to see it ever since. ok ok I dream of riding.....but then I wake up
06-06-2004 11:53 PM
playrink next broadcast in NYC is Mon 10pm (conflicting w/game 7 Stanley Cup final) - but there's always 3am! Only drawback is a newfound inability to rail about slim pickins on the tube despite millions of channels. I think I got from yr posts the idea that you never entered the actual race, but have you ever been there/ridden the roads, or harbor illuminating anecdotes, stuff the viewer could augment the broadcast with? [you'll have to excuse me, many have said I should have become a detective or lawyer, something to absorb unrelenting curiosity
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