The All-Purpose Motorsports Thread

AntG

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He's a clip from the first sidecar race at this years TT, the Triumph engined one at 1:50 sounded even better in person, it's piloted by the Crowe brothers Ryan and Callum both sons of TT winner Nick Crowe who retired after losing an arm when he crashed after hitting a rabbit(again they've seen what can happen but both still choose to do it), it was their first year at the TT but managed an incredible 5th place in their first race, failed to start the second race though due to technical issues.
 

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It's not legalised suicide at all really as none of the riders have the intention of going there to die, it's just a possibility and a very small one at that, I hear it all the time "but look how many people have died" and my answer to that is - look how many haven't. Upwards of 20,000 people have competed in at least one race at the TT or the Manx Grand Prix and roughly 1% have died from doing so, so when you do the calculations the odds are massively in your favour.

If you want to go over you need to get a ferry or a flight booked as they're harder to get than accommodation, I don't usually book any accomodation, I just turn up at a campsite and pay the fee.
I used the 'legalised suicide' line as a throwaway comment. I would imagine it takes some bollocks to get on a bike in the first place, but I guess in the same way as boxer - they know the risks.

I'll look into the ferry/flight situation for 2020 and also accommodation. Any tips you could give me would be much appreciated.
 
May 18, 2013
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That was a bad idea. Just seen a video of a rider crash into a building in mid air.

Enough YouTube for me today.
That one is ugly. I think that we just get a highlight package, which obviously isnt going to show a fatal accident insulates me enough that I really enjoy watching it.

That and theres so much track, and so many riders that there arent enough cameras to catch most crashes anyway.
 
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That one is ugly. I think that we just get a highlight package, which obviously isnt going to show a fatal accident insulates me enough that I really enjoy watching it.

That and theres so much track, and so many riders that there arent enough cameras to catch most crashes anyway.
Unfortunately I think that guy is dead. The guy who hit the building.
 

AntG

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That was a bad idea. Just seen a video of a rider crash into a building in mid air.

Enough YouTube for me today.
I know exactly which one you mean as well, Bob Price 65 years old he was, a lad I know Phil Crowe just missed it that same year 2014

 
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I know exactly which one you mean as well, Bob Price 65 years old he was, a lad I know Phil Crowe just missed it that same year 2014

How fast they be going over that bridge?

The guy who died didn't seem to be going that fast, relatively speaking. Looked about 50mph?
 

AntG

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Yeah. Still wouldn't wanna hit a concrete wall at 50 mph.
The problem with TT crashes is that not a lot is released other than to the immediate family of the victim, I've heard that Bob Price was dead before he hit the wall(heart attack) whether that is true or just Chinese whispers I'm not sure, Paul Shoesmith died from "massive injuries" according to the BBC but from people who were at the scene I believe his body wasn't in one piece, in fact without going into too much detail TT legend John McGuinness said Shoesmiths crash is the worst thing he's ever seen.
 

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rip

i was watching a documentary about fogarty vs hislop, it's a series called the greatest race, my dad sent me it.

i was really enjoying it until the norton team manager said that the tyre expert told him to change hislop's tyre's but he sent him out on the old ones (on a bike that had very little testing, especially with long runs). i guess they won so....? i dunno, didn't seem worth risking another man's life over.

great footage tho, maybe it's the difference of modern modern suspension but those bikes move about so much it makes them look faster(or wilder at least)