Cumbrian museum invites motorbike fans to celebrate history of Isle of Man TT Races

Cumbrian museum celebrates legendary TT Races

With the world famous TT Races underway a popular Cumbrian tourist attraction is inviting motorcycle fans to get an extra Superbike fix by visiting its tribute to the legendary event.
The Lakeland Motor Museum’s Isle of Man TT collection tells the story of this special annual event with a hall of fame, video displays and a timeline tracing its history from 1907 to the present day.

(Left) TT legend John McGuinness at the Lakeland Motor Museum. (Right) The TT Exhibition at the museum.

TT legend John McGuinness, “The Morecambe Missile” even loans some of his two-wheeled speed machines to the display. McGuinness was the first man in the TT’s illustrious history to break the 130mph lap record and is one of the most successful Isle of Man TT racers of all time

The Museum also has other “must see” exhibits for motorcycling fans including extremely rare collections of vintage motorcycles from the 1920s and 30s. A set of leathers worn by McGuinness while taking part in the legendary races are on display along with some of his famous motorcycles. Among them is his 2007 Honda CBR1000 Fireblade Superstock. John rode this bike to second place in the 2007 Superstock TT, the same year that he also won the Superbike TT and Senior TT. In the same year, he also exceeded a 130mph average lap time.

(Left) Some of the motorbikes on show in the TT Exhibition. (Right) The Museum’s rare Honda RVF750.

Chris Lowe, Curator at the Lakeland Motor Museum, says: “The Isle of Man TT is one of the most prestigious races on the motorcycling calendar and takes place every year.
“The 37.33 mile circuit around the Isle of man is often referred to as the most dangerous road-race in the world.
“We hope all those fans who can’t make it over to the Isle of Man this year – or who fancy a little detour on their way - will pay our tribute exhibition a visit.”

The TT bikes are among a diverse range of Superbikes on show at the Backbarrow-based attraction, including the Honda RVF750, known as the RC45, which is one of only 200 built and sold worldwide. Able to reach a top speed of 160mph and covering a ¼ mile in 11.1 seconds, it is remembered as one of the best-made Honda motorcycles and most desirable Superbikes of the 1990s.

Other models include the 1985 Ducati 900 S2 and the 1991 Ducati 851 SP3, which are Italian models renowned for their style, engineering and performance.

Among the other ‘must see’ exhibits for motorcycling fans are an extremely rare collection of AJW motorcycles from the 1920s and 30s. Further exhibits include bikes by Norton, Suzuki, Honda, Ducati and Triumph.

The Lakeland Motor Museum has a unique collection of 30,000 exhibits including 140 classic cars and motorbikes, all carefully assembled over 50 years. Nestled in the scenic Leven Valley and open seven days a week, the Museum isn’t just about cars. The entire collection is presented in a social context, with a host of rarities to awaken special motoring memories.

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