The motorcycle races known as the Isle of Man TT (Tourist Trophy) remain one of the worlds most challenging sporting events. Here riders reach speeds well in excess of 200mph, passing within inches of houses, lamp-posts and stone walls as the negotiate the seemingly never-ending series of bends, hairpins and humped bridges on a 37¾ mile circuit of the island’s roads. Almost from the outset the event has courted controversy, with both the national and international press devoting more column inches to documenting the risks and rising death toll than any other facet of the racing or its results. Yet despite these dangers both locals and race fans alike vehemently defend the event as one of the last bastions of true freedom and sportsmanship.
Some interesting new thoughts on the Isle of Man TT Races with its impact in Manx identity are given in a new paper by Ray Moore, Matthew Richardson and Claire Corkill in a paper for the Sport, Heritage and Tourism special issue of the Journal of Heritage Tourism. This editorial blog by the editor, Greg Ramshaw, gives a flavor of this research.
I am pleased to announce the online publication of Identity in the “Road Racing Capital of the World”: heritage, geography and contested spaces by Ray Moore of the University of York, Matthew Richardson, Manx National Heritage & Claire Corkill, University of York. This paper is part of the special “Sport, Heritage, and Tourism” issue of the Journal of Heritage Tourism, available in its entirety this autumn.
From the abstract:
This article explores the complex relationship between sport and landscape and their role in the expression and maintenance of identity. While discussions have typically emphasised the role taken by stadia and sporting venues in the development and expression of sporting and national identities, fewer have considered the role taken by the wider landscape. It is this landscape that provides the context in which many sports are enacted and watched and it is through the embodied actions and experiences…
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