Olympic Flame Will Burn at Isle of Man TT in 2012

olympic_flameDuring the traditional Olympic flame tour before the World Games, the symbolic fire will make a stop at the Isle of Man. The flame will head to the Isle of Man on its way to London for the start of the 2012 Olympic Games.

Officials have confirmed that torch will burn at the Isle of Man TT, but it isn’t sure how the event will tie into the TT races. According to IOMTT.com, the flame will reach the Isle of Man on Saturday, June 2nd, 2012, which is the same day that the first TT race of 2012 will be held.

“The Isle of Man is honoured to be hosting the Olympic flame on June 2, 2012,” said Isle of Man Community, Culture and Leisure Minister David Cretney. “It will arrive on the Isle of Man on the first race day of the TT next year, which will enable thousands of visitors as well as residents to witness the spectacle.

“The coming of the Olympic Flame to our Island will be a significant part of our sporting history and will tie us firmly into the global Olympic family.”

The Olympic Torch will embark on a 70-day tour on May 18th from  Land’s End, Cornwall. The torch, which usually makes a global tour, will stay primarily in the UK for 2012.

“The Olympic flame will shine a light right across every nation and region of the UK and showcase the very best of who we are and where we live,” said London 2012 chairman Sebastian Coe.

Organizers say that the torch will visit famous sporting venues, historic sites, and places of amazing beauty.

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TT Day of Champions Gives Fans Opportunity to Meet TT Stars

guy_martin_iomttThe Isle of Man Government Department of Economic Development has confirmed that there will be a ‘Day of Champions’ in the TT Races Paddock as part of the 2011 Mountain Course Centenary celebrations.

The event will take place on Thursday 9th June between 12pm and 3pm and will feature a series of interviews with leading TT riders, as well as the VIP’s who will be on the Island for the following day’s Parades.

Highlights of the day will include 3 hours of chat shows featuring legends such as Mick Doohan, GiacomoAgostini, Steve Baker, Mick Grant and Chas Mortimer as well as modern TT stars such as John McGuinness, Michael Dunlop, Guy Martin, Ian Hutchinson, Bruce Anstey and Cameron Donald.

There will also be an auction on behalf of the TTRA (TT Riders Association). The event will be held on a purpose built stage in pit lane, in front of the TT Grandstand and will be hosted by Radio TT presenters Tim Glover and Chris Kinley.

Many of the riders will be participating in the ‘Milestones of the Mountain’ and Yamaha Classic Race Team parades the following day, while the TT riders will be featuring in the Blue RibandPokerStars Senior TT, the climax of the week’s racing.

Grandstand tickets for the day are available at £5 each and there is also the opportunity to purchase a VIP ticket, which will include tea and coffee, a buffet lunch and all day access to the VIP suite which will offer an opportunity to meet the stars who will be taking part in the Day of Champions. VIP tickets are available for £75. Both types of tickets can be purchased from official TT Races Travel Agency Regency Travel or from Duke Marketing via the official TT website www.iomtt.com from Monday 9th May.

Geoff Corkish, MBE, MHK, Political Member, Isle of Man Tourism commented:

“This will be a great day of celebration for the TT Races and I hope as many fans as possible can get down to the Grandstand and take the chance to hear the thoughts and views of these motorcycling legends.”

[Press Release Courtesy of the Isle of Man]

TT3D Scores Big at the Box Office

closer-to-the-edgeThe new Isle of Man TT Documentary, TT3D: Closer to the Edge, had a huge opening weekend. The new TT documentary is the highest grossing documentary in the UK since Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11.

The new TT film, which brought in about £313,000 ($520,000) at the box office this weekend, putting it in the box office top 10. The movie opened in about 130 theaters, and due to the success it had last weekend, it will not be placed in 60 more theaters.

The film, which was produced and distributed by CinemaNX, follows riders like Guy Martin throughout the rises and pitfalls of training for the 2010 Isle of Man TT.

“This is a really good result that we’re all proud of at NX. A smart distribution campaign carefully targeting both the core audience and a wider documentary-loving demographic is working,” said CinemaNX chairman Steve Christian to IsleofMan.com.

“From our online Facebook and iPad/iPhone game, which had over 3 million interactions and boosted early awareness, to careful guerrilla marketing to pretty much anyone who has ever had anything to do with a motorbike, we’ve managed to get the attention of cinema-goers and get them into cinemas on the hottest weekend of the year so far.”

If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s a little taste of TT3D: Closer to the Edge.

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Murray Walker to Commentate on ‘Milestones of the Mountain’ Lap at the 2011 TT Races

murray_walkerLegendary Motorsport commentator Murray Walker, whose father Graham competed in the TT from 1920 to 1934 and won the 1931 Lightweight class, has confirmed that he will be attending the 2011 TT Races, fueled by Monster Energy, as part of the celebrations for the Mountain Course’s Centenary.

A collection of some of the most iconic machines that have contributed to the event’s history will be taking part in the ‘Milestones of the Mountain’ Parade Lap that will also pay tribute to some of the event’s greatest riders and races. Murray will be commentating on the bikes live on Radio TT as they leave the line on Glencrutchery Road every thirty seconds.

Murray first commentated on the TT for the BBC in 1949, and has famously gone on record saying that he felt that the TT was “the greatest motorsport event in the world”. He also curated the Getty Images exhibition “100 years on the roads” on the Isle of Man TT’ Races’ centenary that will be recreated at the Castletown Commissioners Town Hall and Civic Center building in the South of the Island.

Geoff Corkish, MBE, MHK, Political Member, Isle of Man Tourism commented:

“We felt that it was really important to recognize the anniversary of the Mountain Course with an appropriate parade and day of celebrations and I am delighted that Murray Walker has accepted an invitation to attend. He has many friends on the Isle of Man and his attendance will add to the event’s prestige.”

Fans still have the opportunity to purchase hospitality tickets for all of the Race days including the Blue Riband Senior Race Day, which will include the Milestones of the Mountain Parade and a Yamaha Classic Race Team parade to honor the manufacturer’s 50th anniversary of Grand Prix racing.

These tickets will give exclusive access to the races and behind the scenes action and an opportunity to meet VIP’s. The packages, which cost £240 plus VAT per guest, offers all day access to the Hospitality Suite as well as reserved grandstand seating, access to the TT paddock, exclusive rider appearances and race day competitions with money can’t buy prizes.

[Press Release and Photo Courtesy of the Isle of Man Press Office]

Isle of Man TT Coming in 3D

TT3D: Closer to the Edge posterWhen motorcycle racing is mentioned, one race which will always come to mind, even with many non-riders, is the Isle of Man TT. The event is legendary in almost every corner of Earth, and maybe beyond if some television shows are to be believed.

For many, though, no matter how much they may want to do so, actually getting to see it up close and in person is sadly not possible. Television or yearly DVD reviews are usually the only outlet for passionate fans that cannot make the trip. That is all set to change with the release of TT3D: Closer to the Edge, a 3D movie encompassing the week-long excitement that is the Isle of Man TT.

For the necessary duty of narrating this new documentary, the producers have chosen actor and musician Jared Leto, of Lord of War and Thirty Seconds to Mars fame. It turns out that Leto was let in for a viewing on an early version of the film and quickly signed up to tell the tale to the audience.

Jared LetoAccording to Leto, the documentary “celebrates this infamous event and the legendary spirit of the men and women who push themselves beyond the limit to places few could even imagine.” His passion for the sport is evident, but can he check his notorious egotism long enough toproperly describe the incredible talent on display at the TT? Let’s hope so because he does have a good voice for this work, but the show will still be worth watching in 3D in silence.

TT3D follows the experiences of Guy Martin and Ian Hutchinson, two of the more charismatic racers who regularly attend TT week and whose styles differ significantly – which should provide some great analysis of how to tackle the TT in view of the fact that they both like to do it their own way and yet both often end up on the podium.

Other featured TT stars are John McGuinness, Michael Dunlop, Keith Amor, Jenny Tinmouth and many others, so your personal favorite, if you have one among the many brave competitors, is likely to be in the film.

Legendary Guy MartinThe filming was done at the 2010 running of the TT and is directed by Richard de Aragues and produced by Steve Christian and Marc Samuelson, both of whom you may know from the movie The Libertine. Backing for this all 3D production was handled by Isle of Man company bannerCinemaNX.

TT3D: Closer to the Edge is scheduled to be released in theatres this April in the U.K., but it is unknown presently if it will be shown in theatres in other nations or will only be available for sale on DVD or Blu-Ray to foreign fans of the TT. However, if you are truly passionate about real roads racing, or just the Isle of Man TT, you will not want to miss seeing this documentary!

Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com