“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.
Racer John McGuinness has won the Isle Of Man TT 23 times, which places him second in all time wins after Joey Dunlop’s 26. That didn’t stop Mugen from fat shaming him, telling him they’d give him a bike only if he lost some weight. His idea? Liposuction.
The Isle of Man TT race is one of those things you have to wonder if aliens would fail to comprehend due to the shear madness of piloting a motorcycle over hills and curves of an island for sport. Yet its the madness that makes it so exciting for riders, and just as exciting to watch.
Riding the Isle of Man fast takes some serious cojones. Riding the Isle of Man fast on a race bike takes serious cojones and a whole lot of skill. Riding the Isle of Man fast on a 300 hp, supercharged Kawasaki H2R - that takes cojones, skill, and a whole lot of crazy.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that the riders at the Isle of Man TT have some sort of obscene death wish. They drove ridiculously fast, on what are normally public roads, on just two wheels. I mean, just look at how little reaction time you have when you smack into a curb at 160 MPH.
Chris Kippenberger, the most interesting man in car porn, is on a tiny island in the Irish Sea right now. He’s got some of the best shooters in the world, and he’s making a film on perhaps the most recklessly, incomprehensibly dangerous motor race on Earth: the Isle of Man TT.
Victory Motorcycles bought long-time electric motorcycle partner Brammo in January. The first fruit of that appears to be participation at next month’s Isle of Man TT Zero race, where the company will be campaigning two de-tuned Brammo Empulse RRs.
Not only are these guys racing in the streets at speeds up to 130 miles an hour with no belts or rollcages, it's all legal.