A treat for all fans of classic motorbikes: The winning bikes of the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy (TT) in the years 1934, 1949, 1952 and 1954, as well as 15 other originals from the great racing years of the TT will be on show at the Bremen Classic Motorshow from 2 to 4 February 2018 in the Bremen Exhibition Halls. From the 1914 Rudge Multi to the 1962 AJS 7R Boy Racer, the special show in Hall 1 “Best of British – The TT Legends” showcases the rapid technical development of British motorbikes in this era in a variety never seen before.
The race on the island located between England and Ireland was held for the first time in 1907. English manufacturers welcomed it as a test of strength for their designs. Since 1911, bikes have been racing along the 60 kilometres still included today over 420 metres of altitude changes uphill and down, through towns and villages, along hedges and walls, and around 225 bends.
The first TT victory by a foreign motorcycle make was achieved in 1911 by US company Indian. That drove English manufacturers to step up their technical development significantly. The TT races became the primary proving ground for designers and drivers. Some manufacturers were satisfied with individual successes, others built their brand image completely on TT wins. Their racing achievements reflected on the entire range of models.
Winning TT motorcycles from England and their riders were also among the stars of the Grand Prix races throughout Europe in the 1920s and 1930s. However, competition from Italy and Germany slowly began to creep up. Technical development by the mostly small British manufacturers almost stopped after 1954. So 1961 was the last year the domestic make Norton celebrated victories. After that, Italian and Japanese manufacturers took over.