Tourist Trophy

The Isle of Man TT motorcycle races are having their 100th anniversary this week. They’re not really shown on any US TV networks, but it’s a big deal in a lot of places. Here’s a scene:

The narrator says the rider “survived with only a bruised lung.” Actually it was a lot more than a bruised lung: several ribs broken, kidney damage, spleen destroyed… apparently there were more than a couple days they didn’t know if he was going to survive, but he did. He no longer races, but in this Times (UK) article he rides the 37-mile course with a journalist in his passenger seat.

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