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  1. Se my post from Saturday, Posted yesterday at 10:53 AM. "named after a competitor". Later on I wrote rider by mistake and that's what you quoted. Not sure if I come over but it is 50 years since my first visit. Problems at the moment to get an airplane to charter...But I really hope to come for some celebrations.
  2. Please note, from the beginning I wrote "named after a competitor" Not rider or driver. :-)
  3. May I add that the details about Cecil Edge's accident comes from local newspapers from that time aviable at the Manx Museum!
  4. The reason why this task came up is that I got a question concerning Edgar’s Corner and a sidecar crash on the TT Course. Se enclosed clip from 1959 TT races. I soon remembered that the sidecar race 1959 took place on the Clypse Course. A map of that course showed a bend named Edge’s Corner on Johnny Watterson’s Lane between Ballanard Road and Cronk-ny-Mona. It’s easy to get the name Edgar’s wrong. On several sites on the net I found that Edge’s Corner is the first corner on the TT Course to get a name from a rider. That happened 1920. I asked for more information about Mr. Edge and here it is! In May 1905 Cecil Edge driving a Napier motor car was engaged in a morning practice session for the forthcoming motor car race and whilst in the process of overtaking another car he crashed into the hedge at full speed. The front of his car was buried three feet into the earth bank. Neither he nor his passenger sustained injury. It would seem that from that point the bend was known as Edge’s Hedge or Edge’s Corner. The reason why he wasn’t in the database for the TT is that he was a driver and not a rider! Racing at St John’s Corse stopped 1910. For some years in the beginning of the TT Course, 1911 – 1920 (there was no racing 1915 – 1919 because of the First World War) the bikes turned right after Hillberry and went on south on Johnny Watterson's Lane passing Edges Corner. Please note in the opposite direction compared to the Clypse Course. The racing direction on Clypse Course was north on Johnny Watterson’s Lane. Later on from 1920 the competitors turned left at Cronk-Ny-Mona and followed Mountain Road to Governor's Bridge with a new start/finish line on Glencrutchery Road. As it is today. Conclusion it is correct to say that Edges Corner for some years was a part of the Mountain Course or as I always call it, The TT Course.
  5. Brandish Corner or O'Donnell's Corner. Named after Walter Brandish who broke a leg here in 1923 which ended his racing career. Birkin's Bends/Rhencullen. Archie Birkin crashed and was killed here 1927. Guthrie's Memorial. Jimmy Guthrie, 6 times TT winner in the 1930s. Killed in German GP, August 1937. The memorial on the right is built at the point where he retired in his last TT-race. Doran's Bend. Bill Doran twice second in TT races in the 1940s and 50s. He spilled here and broke a leg at practice in 1950. The lower engine bolt came adrift, lifted the front wheel and the crash was a fact. Handley's. Walter Leslie Handley, 4 times TT winner in the 1920s and 30s. Dead in World War 1941 in a flight accident. Bend named after he came unstuck here 1932 when trying to catch the two works Nortons ahead of him in the Senior. Some quotes from my site http://siljasttknowledge.blogspot.com All later than 1920!
  6. Yes Manxberry. If I write like this. Edges Corner is on the TT Course but not the Mountain Course. It's on the Clypse Course. Satisfied? :-) Edit: From 1911, after St John's Corse, the Mountain Course was used. For some years in the beginning the bikes turned right after Hillberry on to Johnny Watterson's Lane passing Edges Corner. Please note in the opposite direction compared to the Clypse Course. Later on from 1920 the competitors turned left at Cronk-Ny-Mona and followed Mountain Road to Governor's Bridge with a new start/finish line on Glencrutchery Road. So it is correct to say that Edges Corner for some years was a part of the Mountain Course or as I always call it, The TT Course.
  7. There is a problem now and then with internet. As soon as you publish something new it's very often copied to other sites without checking if it's true. Good method to spread lies! Maybe I've found such a problem now. It's about Edges Corner. In many places you can find something like " Of those 200 corners, around 60 have been named after some true legends of the TT event. Many of these corners have been named in tribute to fallen riders, whilst others are named to honour some of the names that have really lit up this tiny island. Once such corner is Edges Corner, between Cronk-ny-Mona and Ballanard Road, which was the first corner to be named after a competitor in 1920." First of all, Edges Corner is not on the TT-course. It's at the older Clypse Course that was used latest 1959. I've checked some of the databases for the TT carefully and the occation that named Edges Corner must have happened latest 1920 when it got its name. From the start of The TT 1907 and up to 1925 there is no one who competed with the surname Edge or Edges. So now I wonder, does somebody know who this Edge or Edges was and what happened to him at that spot that still is called Edges Corner?
  8. Thank you guys. I believe that the sidecar race 1959 was on Clypse Course and that will fit with your suggestions Edges Corner. It's a probably a miss spelling or miss hearing. I don't know in what newspaper Edgar's Corner was mentioned but it seems that it wasn't a local one. If a reporter from England reported home by phone it's easy to hear the name in a wrong way.
  9. In a newspaper from 1959 there is a report about a racing crash on the TT course at "Edgar's Corner". A Matchless sidecar unit came off there. No one was badly hurt. Is it known where that corner is, please?
  10. Well, in my opinion it's way too early for Santa! I refuse all Christmas celebrating before Christmas Eve that is 24/12 here in Sweden.
  11. Thank you for nice words. I really appreciate that! Maybe you've seen the lap around the course with my narration? Here: At the moment I'm involved in a project called "300 km in November". It's on pedal cycles. Yesterday we got the first snow for this season and the picture shows me at the end of the 10 km tour yesterday.
  12. I was visiting Isle of Man the first time in 1970. That means a 50 years anniversary 2020 and I’ll show up again next year for sure. I’ve been on the island about 15 times through the years. Because of the 50 years I’m writing an article about my first visit for a Swedish bike magazine now. 1970 we put up some tents for almost 3 weeks in Glen Lough and were shocked at the first morning practice that we didn’t know anything about! I suppose it started around 5 am. Our tents were 20 yards from the main road! For my coming article I’d like a picture from Glen Lough camping site at that time, around 1970. Do you have any oldies? Please can you help me with such a picture that I can publish with my article?
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