Welcome to the T.T.R.A. website.
The T.T. Riders Association (TTRA) website offers information and articles on the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy riders association. Take a look through the website for access to the Society archives including photos, newsletters and a brief history of the Association.
The T.T. Riders Association is an Isle of Man registered charity for motorcycle racers.
The criteria for being a member is to have started a T.T. race, then you can join as a life member for £45.
We also have a Facebook page where you can find the latest news & also view our items for sale, including regalia & memorabilia
Just click on the following link: The TTRA Facebook Page
John (Jackie) Wood was a very capable motorcycle road racer in the 1950s, who went on to undertake the senior official position of clerk of the TT course for many years. As well as clerk of the course Jackie was a travelling marshal, start-line marshal, scrutineer, official driver, assistant controller, deputy clerk of the course, vice president, and president.
Jackie also competed in the Southern 100 races stating in 1955 gaining a fourth place finish in the 350cc race, returning in the following years to gain various placed finishes. Jackie took on the role of Deputy Clerk of Course at Billown alongside his TT responsibilities in 1961 and continued through until the end of 1968. Then followed a long stime as Car Inspection Driver before taking early retirement in 1990.
A wheelchair bound Jackie paid a visit to the 38th Milestone this summer & everyone was delighted, as always, to see him.
Photos courtesy of Southern 100 Archive
Police have confirmed that Geoff Hughes has sadly passed away at the age of 85 as the result of a road accident in Peel on Friday.
Geoff partnered TT winner Heinz Luthringshauser as his passenger in the heyday of the European sidecar scene, with the pair securing a third place podium finish in 1968.
Born in Blockley, Gloucestershire, At the age of 19, Cecil showed remarkable talent from the beginning of his career after purchasing a 250cc Triumph from Arthur Taylor (his future father-in-law) a motorcycle dealer from Shipston on Stour. He rode the motorcycle to and from work, as well as competing with it in local scramble and grass track events. Road racing was not on his original agenda until Arthur supplied him with an MOV Velocette, and later KSS and KTT Velocettes, on which he was entered for the 350 (junior) TT.
In 1950 Based at Gallarate MV Agusta were rising stars, soon to dominate the European road race championships at a time when most GP circuits were public roads temporarily closed for racing. One of Agusta's first recruits to international stardom was Cecil, a young carpenter from Gloucestershire. In 1952, he became MV's first world champion, initiating a trend that would continue for the factory over the next 25 years. Following Cecil Sandford's example, MV Agusta became the number one team for all subsequent top riders.
Names like Surtees, Hailwood and Agostini all giants of Grand Prix racing would accumulate a total of 38 world championships and 37 manufacturers' titles during their employment with the team.
The Isle of Man Tourist Trophy (TT) races have always been the ultimate challenge for any professional rider since the event began over 100 years ago in 1907. To learn the TT course, Cecil took a few trips around the circuit on a tour bus, followed by more practice on a road bike.
In the 1949 Manx Grand Prix he was fifth in the junior race. In 1950, the British AJS Grand Prix team offered him a 350 works ride in the Ulster and Italian GPs alongside the first 500cc world champion Les Graham.
1952 brought Cecil Sandford his first works ride with MV on their 125cc machine, and his first TT victory, followed neatly by his own, as well as MV's, first championship by the end of the season.
He raced with Moto Guzzi, along with team mate and friend Bill Lomas. Further success followed with the German DKW team, with their phenomenal three-cylinder two-stroke engines.
Eventually, he joined the Italian Mondial factory, with whom he won the 250cc crown in 1957 his second world championship. Soon after this win and, after ten successful years of competition, he retired when Mondial withdrew from racing.
He married Arthur Taylor's daughter Pat, and joined his father-in-law's motorcycle business. Pat and Cecil have two sons, Ian and Mark. In his latter years he made beautiful furniture a return to his first occupation as a carpenter.
We send our deepest condolences to Cecil's family, friends, colleagues and loved ones at this difficult time.
Please folow the links below for the minutes of the 2021 TTRA and FoTTRA meetings
and the agendas for 2023
Finally Mike started up an organisation at Grand Prix, (which became MotoGP) called the International Riders Teams Association (IRTA) and this organisation improved the relationship between the riders and the organisers as well as organising the passes and paddock etc..
He lived in the Isle of Man very near to Ginger Hall and always both followed and supported the TT races. He will be sadly missed by many people in the racing community who he always had time for and who helped so many riders with their racing careers.
It is hard to overstate the importance of Mike's role in MotoGP. Many riders are alive today thanks to his tireless focus on safety and their wellbeing.
We send our deepest condolences to Mike's wife Irene, his family, friends, colleagues and loved ones at this difficult time.
Paul was a larger than life character who started his life competing In Motocross and also Rallying too. He then formed Paul Bird Motorsports with a team in the BSB Championship that became the most successful team in the series winning the BSB title on 8 occasions and also winning, to date, 137 BSB races with riders including Shane Byrne, Josh Brooks, Scott Redding, Tommy Bridewell and Glen Irwin.
Paul also had his team competing in the MotoGP Championship and launched John McGuinness's career at the TT when John won his first TT race riding for Paul Bird's team. Paul invested a large amount of money in motorcycle racing and he will be sadly missed by many people in the racing world.
The funeral of Paul Bird took place on Friday 22nd September 2023 at 12.30
Donations in memory of Paul, which will be divided between Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland, Pride of Cumbria Air Ambulance and Down's Syndrome Association, may be sent c/o Richardsons Funeral Directors, Victoria Road, Penrith, CA11 8HR.
Our thoughts are with Paul's family & friends at this sad time.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of a very dedicated and popular member of the TT Riders Association, Derek Rumble
Derek passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home. He was known, loved and respected by many & our thoughts go out to his family at this sad time
West Lancaster Crematorium
Followed by a wake afterwards at
ALL DONATIONS TO BE MADE TO THE TT RIDERS ASSOCIATION
Account Name: THE TT RIDERS ASSOCIATION
Account Number: 10864733
Sort Code: 55-91-00
Any further details please contact Frances Thorp - Secretary 07624 402505
Just click on the following link to download the appliaction form: Here
As you will notice, the accounts are laid out very differently this year. This is because the Isle of Man Charities Commission has now adopted only 2 recognised formats and the version our accountants are now using is the simplified one which, I am hoping, will be easier to understand.
We have made a loss this year, as I predicted at our last AGM (held via Zoom) as we still have a number of riders with ongoing injuries. Obviously, we have not been able to undertake our regular fund-raising events in the last year due to the lockdowns, but can I thank all of our many members who have raised funds or given money to help us continue to assist people in need. If anyone has any questions about the accounts please do not hesitate to contact me either by email ([email protected]) or via phone on 01623 882231 or via text on 07732 416399.
The values and aims of the TTRA haven't changed in the many years that it has been in existence. Riders, and their families, who face real hardship, are helped as much as is possible and for as long as is necessary. By its very nature, confidentiality is everything, this work goes largely unnoticed. But the sting in the tail for the TTRA is that by having to hide its light under a bushel the association finds it that much more difficult to cast the fundraising net farther afield. It also comes as a surprise to find that an organisation founded out of necessity in the 1950's should still be needed in 21st Century, but needed it most definitely still is.
We can assist with Riders who may have been injured in the sport we all love and enjoy, or for some unfortunate reason financial assistance may be asked for. These circumstances are dealt with confidentially and with discretion. We always appreciate a call from a good friend or relative who can guide us through the TTRA members situation.
The Friends of the TTRA
The Friends of the TTRA is a great way for
those who enjoy the TT, but have never ridden in a race to help support the TTRA. Please go to the FoTTRA pages for more information.
Friends are maybe those who made the race possible for a rider such as a sponsor, a mechanic, a marshal, official, a member of the riders family or even a TT enthusiast. The list includes manufacturers, ordinary motorcyclists and business people who have an interest in motorcycle sport or the objects of the charity.