James Hillier looked like he was headed for a fifth-gear wipeout at the deadly dangerous Isle of Man TT when his bike got sideways on a jump early in the race. Incredibly, Hillier was able to hold on and steady the wildly bucking motorcycle (extra points for the leg wave) and continue on its way.
Dutch rider Jochem van den Hoek, 28, died Wednesday morning following a crash on the first lap of the Superstock race at Isle of Man TT, race organizers confirmed in a statement. An average of more than two competitors die each year in the race, and Van den Hoek is the second in 2017.
No, this isn’t the car for arresting anybody, although I’d love to see the police try in the speed and driving haven that is the Isle of Man.
We in America are not particularly familiar with tarmac rallies—traditional rallies run flat out on closed public roads—but in Europe they are some of the toughest (and most dangerous) races you can find. The very toughest is the legendary Druidale stage, and here’s why it keeps this reputation.
Rumor has it Hollywood superstars Matt Damon and Liam Neeson are about to start shooting a movie based around the infamous annual Isle Of Man motorcycle race. And not another documentary– a full-on action flick. (Update: The movie is real, but it sounds like these actors aren’t onboard after all.)
The Isle of Man TT is one of the most mind-warping events in the world, possibly its most dangerous race. You can’t take your eyes off the riders who just keep showing up and competing, knowing they’re staring death in the face. The great In Loving Memory is one of the few films to get that sensation.
The Isle of Man Tourist Trophy is one of the most dangerous courses in the world, featuring over 200 unforgiving corners and ludicrous top speeds, often with walls or curbs where purpose-built tracks would have runoff zones. So, of course, Dougie Lampkin set off to ride it all on one wheel in under two hours.
“Some women refuse to be a slave of routine,” said Pathé News in 1962, the year Beryl Swain entered the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy race. “Mrs. Beryl Swain not only works an office job and holds down a home, but has an unlikely hobby—motorcycle racing. And,” says the announcer, with some muted astonishment, “she’s good…
Throughout my career I have raced on what, until very recently, I had considered some of the most batshit crazy public roads in the world: Mt Panorama. Macau. The Nürburgring.
Subaru’s factory-backed driver and madman Mark Higgins broke the Isle of Man record this year for four-wheeled vehicles not once but twice in one week. The lovely folks over at Subaru had me out to the Isle of Man to take a close look at the car. I can tell you they didn’t just build a car—they built a weapon.
Earlier this month, Subaru driver Mark Higgins set a blazing average speed of 128.72 mph at one of the most treacherous race courses there is at the Isle of Man TT race. The record-shattering lap was fun enough to watch from outside of the car, but now there’s footage from inside—narrated by Higgins himself.
When we’re talking Isle Of Man motorcycling, we throw words around like “fastest,” “scariest.” “Deadliest.” 120 miles per hour through country lanes? You imagine it to be insane, of course. But there’s never been a better way to witness it for yourself than through this 360º race-pace ride footage.
I can’t stop thinking about Mark Higgins lapping the Isle of Man TT course in just 17:35 earlier this week. Subaru ran another attempt today, so we’ll see if they’ve managed to beat their own record again soon. In the meantime, show us some decent car GIFs, because they don’t get better than this.
Mark Higgins set the speed record in a car for the Isle of Man TT course earlier this week, and now he’s back to show some quietly terrified journalists (minus Jalopnik’s own racer-correspondent Robb Holland, who is covering the event and is also incapable of fear) just how crazy you have to be to attempt such a…
The Isle of Man Tourist Trophy is one of the most treacherous races in the world, having claimed two lives this year alone. And yet, Michael Dunlop sped through the Snaefell Mountain Course with a 133.392 average speed to obliterate the old lap records with a sub-17-minute lap. This is that unreal lap.
Subaru has been owning the Isle of Man TT car lap record for years, recently setting it in an almost-stock WRX STI. Now they’ve beaten the record again, twice, with driver Mark Higgins behind the wheel of a heavily-modified WRX STI.
At the famed Isle of Man TT motorcycle race, the Snaefell Mountain Course claimed its 249th and 250th fatalities in the same day on Monday.
During this weekend’s Isle of Man Tourist Trophy, Michael Dunlop rode his Hawk Racing BMW to a record-shattering sub-17 minute lap of the 37.73-mile Snaefell Mountain Course not once this weekend, but twice, reports Sport Rider. The quickest of the two laps had an average race speed of 133.392 mph.
Is nothing sacred? It would appear not, as now even the small, self-governing Isle of Man, forever independent of the changing empires of Europe around it, and home to one of the oldest and most dangerous races on the planet, is inviting autonomous vehicle development to its roads.