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Motorcycle racing

Isle of man TT

Now anyone that throws their leg over a motorcycle and rides it has to be slightly crazy. The guys that race the TT must be clinically insane.

I love watching motorbike racing from moto gp through world superbikes, British superbikes right down to club racing. Im quite fortunate to live fairly close to Snetterton circuit where I have been to see the British superbikes and lots of club racing. All of the tracks that these races take place on are focused on safety. Run off areas, gravel traps etc all around the edges. All designed to minimise fatalities and help to slow riders down if they fall off.

The bikes these guys ride are like mini rocket ships capable of speeds well over 200mph. The kit these guys wear is made from specially designed materials to minimise injury if they fall off. Modern leathers even have airbags fitted in them. It’s still going to hurt if they do come off though.

Marc Márquez current moto gp champion

Now let’s get to the Isle of man TT. This isn’t raced on a circuit with run off areas, there are no gravel traps. This race is run on the everyday roads on the island. The top riders race at average speeds of 132mph average speed!!! They race inches away from walls, buildings and trees, insane!!

Guy Martin cheating death in 2010

Not surprisingly there have been many fatalities over the years since the first race was held in 1907.

Here are the official figures….

Between 1907 and 2019 there have been 151 fatalities during official practices or races on the Snaefell Mountain Course, and 260 total fatalities (this number includes the riders killed during the Manx Grand Prix, and Clubman TT race series of the late 1940s/1950s). In 2016, 5 riders died on the course during official practices or races, bringing the total number of fatalities to 252. There were six fatalities among competitors in the 1970 Isle of Man TT, making it the deadliest year in the history of the event.

Scary facts.

So why do these guys choose to do it? Well that is something only they can answer im afraid. All I do know is that if I had my life over again, I would love to race motorbikes. Not sure about the TT though. I’d leave that to those insaner than myself (yes they do exist).

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How did we survive growing up in the 70/80’s

How is my generation still here? I’m talking about some of the videos we had to watch at school and the illness that was going to wipe us all out along the way.

Let’s start with some of the “safety” videos we were shown at school.

There was one I remember with two children (I think there were two, can’t remember it that well I guess!), running across a field flying a kite. Not a care in the world. Both just focusing on the kite way up in the air. Until bang, the kite hits some over head electrical cables and one of the kids is cooked quicker than your microwave chips!

The next one I remember is about fireworks. There was a group of kids and a box of fireworks. What could possibly go wrong? Well, this one bright spark (last thing you want around fireworks), decides to light the corner of the whole box. It didn’t end to well as it exploded in his face. Who would have guessed?

There was a rather short video about a couple of kids that are left at home on their own, a brother and sister I believe. The older one lights the gas fire with a match, no real problem there. Unfortunately he drops the still lit match onto a comic and sets light to the living room. Nice one.

There were loads of these video’s. I’m sure there will be some on YouTube. Ones about…playing on building sites, drinking chemicals, drowning, getting knocked over by cars. The list goes on. Please remember, we were very young when we had to watch these. It scared the shit out of you, well it did me anyway!!

Now for the illness. I am of course talking about HIV/AIDS.

The human immunodeficiency viruses (HIV) are two species of Lentivirus (a subgroup of retrovirus) that infect humans. Over time, they cause acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), a condition in which progressive failure of the immune system allows life-threatening opportunistic infections and cancers to thrive.

Unfortunately there was little known about this killer when we were being taught about it in school. It was however portrayed to us, that we were all going to get it and death was imminent. We were told that simply by touching someone that had it, or touching something that they had used would infect us.

So of we didn’t blow ourselves up, drown, get electrocuted, get knocked down, burn to death, induce chemicals or contract a deadly disease, we were pretty lucky. Oh, and of course we had a whole host of “celebrities” that were out to get us too. I hope Jim didn’t fix it for you.