TT 2010 - Saturday 12th June- Day 15 - I AM HOME - TTFANS SUMMING UP
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WE SETTLE DOWN ON THE FERRY AND HAVE BREAKFAST
RETURNING TO OUR CARS AND BIKES - WE ARE IN HEYSHAM
Once the ferry had docked, delayed slightly by a vessel in the way, I was one of the last vehicles off since they allowed all the bikes to disembark first.
I really enjoyed being at the TT for two weeks but was glad to get home after 2 hours of ferry and endless hours of driving back to Reading. I must admit I didn't drive all of those hours but stopped at motorway services and fired up my laptop and Vodafone dongle each time to hear RadioTT as the race and parade laps progressed.
I had just switched on at the third stop when the news of Guy Martins' crash was announced. Horrified, I ate my sandwich and hung on until I knew the accident was not so serious as first thought.
I continued on down the M6, M42, M40 and on to Reading. I must have stopped at most of the motorway services to switch on my computer to hear the latest from Manx RADIO online.
By Henley, I was running on vapours and dying for a pee so I stopped at a garage before completing the last few miles home. It was 5.30 PM, twelve hours since leaving my residence on the Island....
At 9.20pm I give my final summing-up report to Paul at BikerFM. I again hear Jump by van Halen which Paul plays for me as my signing off theme....
A COMMENT I POSTED ON TTWEBSITE:
I have always enjoyed a good memory, and could reel off the winners of many a past TT when asked.
This year we were privileged to see one man win all petrol-engined solo classes leaving all the usual contenders in his wake.
Did this mean that no one could catch him ? Or was it a cruel stunt to rub Suzukis commemoration year into the dust ?
I like Ian Hutchinson (Great old English name) and feel he was a worthy winner of any TT.....but FIVE in one year, come on, it was like a "B" film !! George Formby all over again.
No, seriously, I still have to bow down and congratulate a man who has attained what seemed to be the complete impossible and put up a record which will not be broken if the classes remain as they are now. Also congrats to Klaffi who won TWO !!! and an American Mark Miller ONE (I didn't mean to criticise !)
Question, when was the American National Anthem played for a TT Winner ? Was it for a man called Dave Roper perhaps ??
One final comment, in 2010 I didn't like the number of men-in-suits who have been given passes and special privileges only to say "I am a VIP, I'm allowed in here !" and to be absolutely obnoxious to spectators and security guards in the paddock area.
I am not the only one to comment on this, and while I have a press pass which I use with discretion and NEVER push my luck, I have never before witnessed such abuse of the normally hard-to-acquire access into hallowed areas of the paddock etc.
Take one particular member of the IOM-some-department-or-other, (he must know who I mean), I found his attitude completely unacceptable and very very rude while I stood only a few yards from him as he berated one poor individual in front of a crowd. He wasn't the only one with this attitude as a number of people commented to me.
Still, it was a great TT and one I was pleased to see considering the year I have had since the 2009 TT. Thanks to everyone who helped as I hobbled round. I hope to be at TT2011.......................
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