Keppel Gate

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TT Race Marshal Shelter at Keppel Gate

Keppel Gate [1] is situated adjacent to the 34th Milestone road-side marker on the Snaefell Mountain Course on the primary A18 Mountain Road in the parish of Onchan in the Isle of Man.

The word Keppel is from the Scandinavian for Kappafjall (The champion or hero's mountain). This is probably the Scandinavian name for the nearby Slieau Meayll or Slieau Ree mountains.[2] Keppel Gate was part of the Highland Course and Four Inch Course used for the Gordon Bennett Trial and Tourist Trophy automobile car races between 1904 and 1911. Also, Keppel Gate is part of the Mountain Course used since 1911 for the Isle of Man TT and from 1923 for the Manx Grand Prix Races.

The A18 Mountain Road was developed in the mid-19th century from a number of pre-existing roads and bridle paths. This included the building of a number of sheep-gates including the East Mountain Gate, the Beinn-y-Phott sheep-gate and Keppel Gate. The section of road from Keppel Gate to Park Llewelyn is a product of the Disaforesting Commission of 1860.[3] Contemporary photographs of the Isle of Man TT races in the 1920s and 1930s show a sheep-gates at nearby Kate's Cottage and also at Keppel Gate.[4] In the recent building of a TT Marshals' shelter at Keppel Gate, the original stone gatepost from Keppel Gate was incorporated into its design.

The Keppel Gate section of A18 Mountain Road was subject to road re-surfacing work during the winter of 2006–2007 by the Isle of Man Department of Transport. In August 2009, for the 2009 Manx Grand Prix a section of grass bank is removed from the southern side of Keppel Gate. This is to provided a run-off area after the crash in practice by Cameron Donald and a further incident involving a TT Travelling Marshall, John McBride at Keppel Gate during the 2009 Isle of Man TT Races.

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ 1851 Kippal's Gate - Place Names in the Isle of Man by George Broderick page 126
  2. ^ Manx Note Book
  3. ^ Manx Milestones by Stuart Slack pp58 The Manx Experience
  4. ^ Motocourse History of the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy Races 1907-1989 by Nick Harris pp100 (1990)(1st Edition) Hazelton Publishing ISBN 0-905138-71-6

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Coordinates: 54°12′50″N 4°28′47″W / 54.21389°N 4.47972°W / 54.21389; -4.47972