It was great that Ian was there to furnish us with local knowledge, including a suggestion to stroll around the Lower Paddock area. Ian wanted so get some of his prints signed by the riders so Anthony and I took time to immerse ourselves in the paddock activities, watching the teams preparing and repairing their chariots. It was clear that there is a huge range of funding behind the sport, from the overtly commercial to the 'one man and his mechanic' teams, each operating in harmony in the melting pot together.
We bumped into Ian a few times and outside of one marquee he pointed out John McGuinness, the second most successful TT racer of all time.
|John McGuinness exiting his garage|
|Waiting for a spare part?|
|Junior riding shotgun|
|Kent Bad Boyz Photography AKA John Manclark at Druids|
Back out on the track and I was looking for a few shots to capture the essence of the day.
|Rounding Paddock Hill bend|
On our way round the circuit towards Clearways (where we would spend most of the afternoon) we spotted this great typo on a concession stand.
|Never tried them before?|
|Out of Surtees and into McClaren|
[I'm in the process of improving my Lightroom skills at the moment and have set up a few presets for processing race track images. I put them in a Quick Collection and exported it as a set of JPEG without touching Photoshop, saving time without compromising quality]