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100 laps, 100 riders, 100 hours on the TT course

Friday April 12, 2019 at 1:06pm
100 laps, 100 riders, 100 hours on the TT course
Who wouldn’t want to do a lap of the Isle of Man TT course! Add to that experience the possibility to raise funds for a number of very worthy causes and you’ve got a weekend not to miss on the island.

Steve Marsh and Jim Hunter came up with the idea of a charity ride on the Isle of Man after finding some old black and white images of a previous effort by André Baldet and Dennis Christian promoting a rally on the island. Baldet and Christian rode 100 Laps of the TT Course in 100 hours riding 4-hour shifts on a Vespa GS back in the late 50’s. Despite fog, heavy rain and drizzle they finished the event with almost an hour to spare. The pair completed the final lap with Andre riding and Dennis as pillion.

Jim has been very active in the motorcycle and TT for decades and currently manages the newcomers to the island’s racing. He’s also raced in the TT and his last race was won by Scotsman and racing legend Steve Hislop (1991 F1) riding one of the amazing Honda RVF 750s ( Carl Fogarty was 2nd). He’s quite proud of the fact that this year will be his 27th year as Travelling Marshal for TT/MGP, and quite rightly so, the support these Marshal’s provide is absolutely legendary!

Jim was also part of the three-man team along with two other TT veterans, Ian Pert and Ronnie Russell, delivering aid (The Van Trip) to communities in Romania, following the tyre tracks of Joey Dunlop, and to refugee camps in Turkey.

Big thanks also go out to Dave Redmayne, Leanne Redmayne and Alex Aitchinson for their involvement organising the event.

The 100 lap event is not a race, there is no timing being taken. It is a lap of the TT course by one rider (or group of riders if you want to do it as a team) setting off every hour on the hour from the TT Grandstand on a road-legal bike or trike. It doesn’t matter if you take an hour or even longer to do the lap – it’s all at your own pace – so long as you safely complete the lap, that’s what counts.

There’s a £25 donation to be part of the event and with all the usual Isle of Man entertainment and attractions in full swing for the summer it’s the perfect excuse for a weekend across the water. All donations will go to the Billy Redmayne Memorial Fund, Manx Grand Prix Supporters Club, Southern 100 Supporters Club, the Isle of Man (ACU) Benevolent Fund, and the next Van Trip.

The first rider away will leave from the TT Pit Lane at 18:00 on Wednesday June 19th and the last lap starts 100 hours later on Sunday June 23rd at 21:00 to close the event by 22:00.

We have blocked ten hours/ laps on Saturday June 22nd (the 09:00 – 18:00 laps) so if you want to be a part of that get in touch as soon as possible to secure your slot. You’ll need your own bike, road legal and insured, and you’ll be responsible for your own travel and accommodation. We’re also planning a few other side events involving TT personalities so stay tuned for news of these.

If you want a lap outside of our time block there are still some available from the Thursday to Sunday so let us know.

The Scrut Bay will be open for the duration for overnight tea & biscuits and good lighting. The Hailwood centre will also be open Saturday and Sunday so bring your family too.

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