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Digital Subscriptions > Fast Bikes > Island Racer 2017 > ABSOLUTE BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO THE ISLE OF MAN TT


It very nearly ended before it even began, but my first TT was every bit as magical as I had imagined.
Liverpool harbour. No cars in sight as two wheelers take over the ferry.

I t was the day before Tony, the editor, and I were supposed to set sail to Douglas for the 2016 TT, and I thought I’d done a sterling job with organising everything: the ferry crossings, camping in Metzeler Village and even maps of the island were all sorted. I had already packed all my stuff, and thought I’d just take a quick look at the ferry tickets to double check the sailing times once more. Yep, sailing out on Tuesday night to be there in time for Wednesday’s races, and returning on Saturday morning after watching the Senior race on the Friday. Everything was in order, except, hang on, no, oh God, no no no, nooooooo! This was just a ticket reservation, not an actual ticket.

After some frantic phone calls (involving much more pleading, begging and grovelling than I care to admit to) with the Steam Packet Company who run the ferries to and from the Isle of Man, Imanaged to get some tickets sorted. The sailing out was the same as before, but the earliest return ferry I could get was two days later than the original.

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Island Racer 2017 is the ultimate guide to this year’s TT. The packed 148-page edition includes: • Ian Hutchinson: The Bingley Bullet has 14 race wins in the bag, and is hunting for more • McGuinness and Martin: Honda’s biggest ever dream team • Also featuring Peter Hickman, Josh Brookes, Dan Kneen and Tim Reeves • The complete 2017 TT Racer's Who’s Who • A beginner’s guide to the TT • A massive multi-part TT poster • Blast from the past racing archive features