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Interviews with workers and visitors to the 1995 Isle of Man Tourist Trophy (TT) races

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Date(s): 1995

Creator(s): Manx National Heritage

Scope & Content: Track 1: Interview with Robin Oake, Isle of Man Chief Constable (since April 1986) who talks about the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy (TT) and Manx Grand Prix (MGP) races and his interest in motorcycling; his position as Chief Marshal; the organisation of duties; how he visits the marshals round the course and walks the TT course; TT's impact on policing and staffing; road accidents and traffic offences; evening events; inaccurate press coverage of the TT and the island; the expansion of the TT; Rob Holden; an average day at TT; the TT Mission (mentions Leslie Nicholl); resolving tensions between the ACU and local officials; changes in the demographic of spectators; 1986 8,000 visiting motorcycles, this year 20,000 motorcycles; Mad Sunday accidents; other events.

Interview with Corrie Cooper, steward at the TT Grandstand (and other woman) who together talk about duties; TT atmosphere; inaccurate coverage by the newspapers; the police take a light-hearted touch to policing the TT; meeting racers such as Joey Dunlop and Steve Hislop; cancellation this year of Mad Sunday; Bushy's; how TT is the highlight of their year.

Interview with TT visitor Guy Fletcher who talks about what he enjoys about the TT; accommodation; high price and poor standard of transport to the island; the police; the welcome of island residents for bikers; the future of the TT.

Interview with TT visitor Duncan Carter from Flixton, Manchester who talks about his involvement with bike clubs and the bike scene; local people and visitors; Bushy's; an average day at the TT; other bike festivals; camping behind the Grandstand and talking to racers.

Track 2: Interview with Rob Ross, Assistant Road Safety Officer for the Isle of Man. He talks about his role and duties at the TT; this year's topic for TT as 'eyesight'; road safety; the specific road safety aspects of TT and visiting riders.

Interview with Sue Padston, member of CMA (Christian Motorcyclists' Association). She talks about her involvement with the CMA and the TT; staying at St Ninian's Church hall; the CMA team's work at the TT; artist Peter Milward; her enjoyment of the atmosphere of TT.

Interview with Penny Field of Ogri Field Marketing. She talks about Paul Sample, illustrator and biker who draws Ogri cartoons for Bike Magazine; selling original Ogri artwork, T-Shirts and merchandise at the TT; (colleague Adrian, model maker for Ogri joins interview); Bushy's and Suzi Quatro concert and other events at TT; German fans keen on Ogri; Adrian describes his work and Ogri and other Paul Sample products; TT evening entertainment; Ashton bed and breakfast, Bushy's and the Queens pub; the atmosphere of the TT.

Administration / Biographical History: This recording forms part of the TT Oral History Project 1995.

Language: eng

Extent: 1 hr. 19 min. 29 sec.

Item name: cassette tape

Collection: Sound Archive

Level: ITEM

ID number: SA 2019-0074/3

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