ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

TT 3D : Closer to the Edge - A Review with Padded Leathers

Updated on September 15, 2011

Padded leathers - that's all you've got when you step off at 170 mph and a fiery inferno engulfs the screen as bits of bike are blown everywhere. This incident was the end of Guy Martin's 2010 Isle of Man TT campaign.

TT 3D : Closer to the Edge is one of the most incredible movies of 2011. Guy Martin lived to tell the tale. Since the inception of the TT race in 1907, 231 riders have died looking for glory. The Isle of Man TT is the oldest and most famous motorcycle road race in the world. In 2007, the event celebrated its one hundredth birthday. The 37 mile public roads mountain course is widely regarded as the most dangerous on the planet. The TT is the ultimate challenge for man and machine. The thrill of racing flat-out for these band of brothers who risk it all and reach top speeds of 170 mph just inches from houses, lamp posts and stone walls.

Guy Martin
Guy Martin

The stars of the movie are the riders themselves. The first scene shows a guy waking up and immediately you think he's an actor playing the part. The camera pans down to a tattoo of a flaming piston on the back of his leg. You notice his mop-head and sideburns. This is Guy Martin in 2010. He provides much of the focus in the movie, along with leading riders John McGuinness, Ian Hutchinson and rising star Michael Dunlop. Martin is the likeable star of the show with his run-ins with the officials and his devoted legion of fans. He remains winless at the TT.

John McGuiness
John McGuiness | Source

John McGuinness remains the current master of the mountain course and the fastest man ever to lap the Isle of Man with a lap record of 131.578 mph. He said in 2007 that, "just because it's the 100th anniversary doesn't mean the walls will be made of rubber and the trees made of cheese. There's still some horrendous obstacles out there that are gonna have your pants down if you get it wrong".

Ian Hutchinson holds the record for the most wins (5) at a single TT meeting, achieving that clean sweep in the movie.

Ian Hutchinson
Ian Hutchinson | Source

The average lap speed in 1907 was about 40 mph. The motorcycles have gone from 2 hp to over 200 hp. Riding gear has changed from flat caps and tweed jackets to full face helmets and one piece leathers. Riding gloves then, kept your hands warm. Now, racing gloves have pre-curved finger sections for additional grip and extra armour built into the glove. Additional protection can include titanium or carbon panels for knuckles and the joints of fingers. They may also have other protection panels for the heel of the hand and back of the hand.

The times may have changed but the heroism and courage of all the riders who have ever tackled the Isle of Man TT, remains the same. Let's hope it remains the greatest motorcycle road race in the world, the ultimate challenge for rider and machine.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)