Portal:Isle of Man

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The Isle of Man (Manx: Ellan Vannin [ˈɛlʲən ˈvanɪn]), sometimes referred to simply as Mann (/mæn/; Manx: Mannin [ˈmanɪn]), is a self-governing British Crown dependency in the Irish Sea between Great Britain and Ireland. The head of state is Queen Elizabeth II, who holds the title of Lord of Mann and is represented by a lieutenant governor. Defence is the responsibility of the United Kingdom.

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The Isle of Man TT (Tourist Trophy) race is a motorcycle racing event held on the Isle of Man since 1907. The race is run on public roads closed for racing by an Act of Tynwald (the parliament of the Isle of Man). The first race was held on the 28 May 1907 over 10 laps of the St John's "Short Course" of 15 miles 1,470 yards for road-legal touring motor-cycles with exhaust silencers, saddles, pedals and mud-guards.

The winner of the single-cylinder class and overall winner of the first event in 1907 was Charlie Collier riding a Matchless motor-cycle in a time of 4 hours, 8 minutes and 8 seconds at an average speed of 38.21 mph. The winner of the twin-cylinder class was Rem Fowler riding a Peugeot engined Norton motorcycle in a time of 4 hours 21 minutes and 52 seconds at an average speed of 36.21 mph.

The trophy presented to Charlie Collier as the winner of the 1907 race was donated by the Marquis de Mouzilly St. Mars. It featured a silver figurine of the Olympic God Hermes astride a winged wheel. The trophy was similar in design to the Montague Trophy presented to the winner of the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy car race. The Marquis de Mouzilly St. Mars trophy is now presented annually to the winner of the Isle of Man Senior TT Motor-Cycle Race.


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Bay View Road in Purt le Moirrey

Port St Mary (Manx: Purt le Moirrey) is a coastal village in the south of the Isle of Man.

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April 2013
  • April 10th – The 2013 Isle of Man TT Races is officially launched with the top Isle of Man TT solo and sidecar competitors appearing at a Fan Party held in the Villa Marina, Douglas, Isle of Man
  • April 3rd – The Isle of Man branch of the Unite Union postpone a fourth industrial strike over pay and conditions with the Isle of Man Department of Culture and Leisure. The industrial action was due to consist of two bus strikes from 7:30 am to 9:30 am and from 3 pm to 5 pm on Wednesday 3rd April 2013. The Unite Union is to sue the Department of Community, Culture and Leisure on behalf of its union members claiming unfair dismissal and the unlawful deduction of wages.

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