Archive for April, 2010

SHORT CIRCUITED

Posted: April 30, 2010 in Uncategorized

The contrast between the media operations of the TT and BSB is interesting. The TT media people are very pro-active, openly encouraging journalists to come to the island and see the event for themselves. BSB, in my experience this season, are exactly the reverse – negative and discouraging.  I suppose that says something about the two events. The TT has always had to fight against negative press, something it has done with considerable assurance and success since the Centenary year. They know that the best way to get non TT folk to enjoy the event is to persuade them actually to come and see for themselves. BSB has never had to counter negative coverage so perhaps they think they don’t need to bother.  But you never know when you might need friends in the media and BSB’s attitude might come back to haunt them one day.

TIRED AND HIRED

Posted: April 24, 2010 in Uncategorized

I’m back home in Liverpool after being one of the thouands stranded by the volcano. We were in Albufeira in the south of Portugal, not far from the Portimao track. Should have flown home last Sunday. We left Albufeira in the hire car Wednesday morning. 1000kms later arrived in Santander that evening. No marks to Sixt which charged over 1000 euros to take the car from Portugal into Spain.  Full marks to Bahia Hotel in Santander and Brittany Ferries for coping superbly with unexpected invasion by displaced Brits. Left Santander Thurs afternoon, arrived Plymouth yesterday morning. Pat 0n back to Associated British Ports for handling disembarkation by so many foot passengers very well. Hire car (not Sixt) from Plymouth, home last night.

Among the post was letter from Manx Radio confirming that I am hired for the TT and MGP this year. Very pleased about that. They have also asked me to commentate on the preTT Classics and postTT races at Billown, taking over from Maurice Mawdsley who retired from the TT last year. Another hard act to follow. I think Maurice will still be doing the Southern 100.

THEY’RE BACK!

Posted: April 6, 2010 in Uncategorized

Great to see TT stars back in action on the track at Brands Hatch yesterday. Round 1 of the BSB series. Steve Plater won the 1000 Superstocks with Conor Cummings 4th and John McGuinness 6th. At one stage Conor was lying second. Pictured are Conor on the Blackhorse Finance Kawasaki and John in his 2010 Padgett’s Honda livery.

Conor at BrandsMcGuinness at Brands

John at Brands