a/ For the Saturday I decided to buy a ticket to sit in the open Grandstand...It was £16 !!!!!
b/ It is quite a while since I watched a race from here, in fact it was probably twenty years ago when this new Grandstand was officially opened by the Duke of Kent on June 6th 1986.
Sitting up on the top seats in the wind, I was reminded of other happy days when I helped the late Denis Parkinson with the BT phone-up results service, which he recorded in the old corrugated iron grandstand, and his very recognisable voice met you when you phoned a BT TT Hotline after each practice and each race.
c/ I was a little annoyed, as were my colleagues in the Grandstand this year when we had a group of Swedes who really should have known better but stood up practically all through the race, taking videos, and who refused to sit down. I eventually had a word with the security man who made sure they sat down.
d/ On the Sunday, known to one and all as MAD SUNDAY, I did a lap of the course, very gingerly, with riders overtaking me over the Mountain on both sides !!
e/ I stopped at Ramsy Hairpin to watch some of the procession go round and then I went up over the Mountain and was very pleased to get back to the Finishing line all in one piece !
f/ Sunday was also Honda Day so I again drove with the traffic but instead of going north at Ballacraine, I went West to Peel to see the side-shows and the displays.
g/ On Monday I decided to sit at the approach to Kirk Braddan, on the little cliff above the Strang Road.
h/ I met a group of fans led by Dave, with whom I had a good laugh and a pleasant chat.
i/ For the Sidecar race I drove round to Governors Bridge, parking my car in Blackberry Lane.
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