Isle of Man TT 2013

was the spirit of competition and advancement that brought the original TT competition to the Island as racing on the highways and byways of Britain was impossible, forbidden by Act of Parliament and by the introduction in 1903 of a 20mph speed limit. The Secretary of the Automobile Club of Great Britain and Ireland, Sir Julian Orde, set off in February 1904 for the Isle of Man because he had a fairly shrewd idea that the Manx authorities would adopt a more conciliatory attitude automobile racing on public roads.

He was right. The Highways (Light Locomotive) Act 1904 gave permission in the Isle of Man for the 52.15 mile "Highlands" course for the 1904 Gordon Bennett Car Trial, the British trial for the fledging European car racing championships.

It was not until the following year that a trial race for the motorbikes was to be introduced the day after the Gordon Bennett Car Trial. The inability of the bikes to complete the steep climbs of the mountain section led to the race being redirected and it didn’t return to the Mountains until 1911.

for full history see http://www.iomtt.com/History.aspx

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