The Isle of Man's most famous annual event is the TT Races which have been held on the island since 1907. TT stands for 'Tourist Trophy' and for two weeks every June on the Island's 37 mile circuit of public roads, thousands of competitors produce a blistering display of skill and speed. The course remains largely untouched since 1911 and the tight, twisty roads through the narrow villages past their pubs, phone boxes and telegraph poles, and open spaces of the Mountain, are the ultimate test of biking skill.
Described by Murray Walker as the 'greatest motor-sporting event in the world', the Isle of Man TT is the last of the great motor-sporting tests in the world today. Run in a time-trial format, over the years the average lap speed has increased to around 127mph with speeds approaching 200mph in some parts of the track as some of the finest road racers on the planet battle for glory.
The 2007 TT Races celebrated 100 years since the event began and featured a special re-enactment of the 1907 Isle of Man TT Race with a vintage parade of 100 classic motor-cycles held on the village green.
The 2011 TT Races featured a new event the 'TTXGP' - the World's first clean emission Grand Prix, where 'green' racing machines and vehicles, still capable of reaching Grand Prix race speeds, raced over one lap of the normal TT circuit. Also in 2009, the fastest lap record bar was once again raised to a staggering average speed of 131.578mph by John McGuinness.
TT Races 2013
The 2013 TT Races should be even better with a number of new, exciting and unique events planned and all the big name TT riders and teams are returning for 2013. Isle of Man TT winners of 2009, John McGuinness and Steve Plater will once again ride for the HM Plant Honda team to defend their titles. McGuinness won the TT Superbike race which took his record of TT wins to 15, whilst Plater took victory in the Senior TT, his second TT Race victory.
The TT races are not just about the racing, there is a massive social festival too with entertainment, club meets and a large programme of activities and events. These include the 'Paddock Walk-about' and 'the Ramsey Sprint', plus aviation displays, ride-outs, rallies and off road action. There will once again be a number of spectacular evening concerts. In the past the likes of Robert Plant, Lou Reed, Alice Cooper and Status Quo have performed.
Thousands of fans flock to the Island each year to enjoy the carnival atmosphere and high-speed action of the TT Races and no other motorsport event attracts as many people for an entire period of two weeks than the world famous TT Races. Whether you are spectating, racing or supporting the event in another way, or just coming for the unique atmosphere, come and see for yourself what all the fuss is about at the 2013 TT Races - there really is nothing on Earth quite like it.
IOM TT Races 2013 Schedule
The provisional dates for the 2013 TT racing events are May 25 to June 7 2013.
The schedule and race programme for the 2013 Isle of Man TT fuelled by Monster Energy remains largely unchanged from the 2013 format. The only significant alteration is the introduction of an extra qualifying lap for the SES TT Zero race. Further details will be released ahead of the event so please double check TT racing event details with www.iomtt.com.
TT PRACTICE SCHEDULE
Each evening from May 25 to May 31 (SES TT Zero qualifying May 31, June 1 and June 3)
TT RACING SCHEDULE
Saturday, June 1 2013
Superbike (six laps)
Sidecar A (three laps)
Monday, June 3 2013
Royal London Superstock (four laps)
Monster Energy Supersport race 1 (four laps)
Wednesday, June 5 2013
Monster Energy Supersport race 2 (four laps)
Sidecar B (three laps)
SES TT Zero (one lap)
Friday, June 7 2013
Senior TT (six laps)
All details are subject to change. Further details will be released ahead of the event so please double check TT racing event details with www.iomtt.com.
Where to watch the TT Races 2013
The famous TT mountain circuit is made up of almost 40 miles of public roads that are closed for qualifying and race sessions. There are plenty of great places to watch all the action around the island, many free, from the popular Braddan Bridge area to the iconic TT Grandstand in Douglas. Here is where you will find unrivalled views of the start/finish line and the 170mph-plus stretch and it is recommended you watch at least one session from the building to enjoy the ultimate TT experience.
Some safety guidelines for when the TT Races are taking place and the roads are closed: DO NOT walk on the course, DO NOT ride or drive on the course. DO NOT drop litter, DO NOT leave children unattended. DO NOT use a flash on your camera, KEEP all animals under control. OBEY INSTRUCTIONS, given by the POLICE and the MARSHALS. Overseas drivers remember PLEASE DRIVE ON THE LEFT.
2013 TT Race Dates
2013 Isle of Man TT - Saturday May 25th - Friday June 7th 2013
2013 Pre-TT Classic Races - Friday May 24th - Monday May 27th 2013
2013 Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Races National Solo Races - Billown Circuit - Saturday June 8th 2013
2014 TT Race Dates
2014 Isle of Man TT - Saturday May 24th - Friday June 6th 2014
2014 Pre-TT Classic Races - Friday May 23rd - Monday May 26th 2014
2014 Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Races National Solo Races - Billown Circuit - Saturday June 7th 2014
Please note: Please double check race dates at www.iomtt.com as they maybe subject to change.