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TT2023 Maria Costella MBE joins new TT presenting team as an expert pundit for this year's Isle of Man TT races


The TT Riders Association wish to congratulate our past President Maria Costello MBE who has been selected to join the new TT Team as an express pundit for this years' Isle of Man TT Races

Maria Costello MBE has been revealed as an expert pundit for this year's Isle of Man TT races, which returns for the first time in two years offering fans more ways to follow with live uninterrupted TV coverage of the world's greatest road races.

Maria, who held the Guinness World Record for five years as the fastest woman to lap the Isle of Man TT course, joins a fantastic line-up of presenters, commentators and pundits who will deliver all the action, reaction and insight direct to smart TVs or devices.

The Northamptonshire racer has a wealth of experience of the Isle of Man course including podiums and lap records and has been racing at the TT for over 20 years. She will not only be racing there this year on two and three wheels but will be a member of the new-look broadcast team presenting full and uninterrupted live coverage for the first time in its 115-year history.

Highly acclaimed broadcaster Jennie Gow will anchor the coverage from a purpose-built studio in the TT Fan Park while among those that Maria will be working alongside are Matt Roberts, the former BBC and ITV motorsport anchor, and Amy Williams, the Olympic skeleton gold medallist who has since carved out a career as a TV presenter and speaker. Maria, who will continue to race on both two and three wheels in this bounce-back year from the Covid-19 pandemic, is thrilled at the opportunity to present her expert views on the event that attracted around 50,000 spectators in its last year before the virus swept in.

"This is something so special for the fans, the access they'll have is like nothing before - 24/7 access to immerse themselves in the TT and it costs just £14.99," said Maria. "For me, being able to go back and race there after two years off due to the pandemic already means the world but this time I'll be racing the Mark Coverdale Paton, my sidecar and holding a microphone. I couldn't be more excited and proud to have this new role and be part of this incredible line-up." The TT organisers said: "Maria brings a near-unique perspective from competing on two and three wheels - as well as racing as the lone female in the solo classes. Maria was recently named an ambassador for 'Girls on Track UK', but she's been something of a flag-bearer for women in motorcycling for two decades now with her services to motorcycling deservedly recognised when she was awarded an MBE."

Qualifying gets underway on Sunday May 29 with racing from Saturday June 4 onwards. To find out more about following this year's TT go to

Maria Costello ex President of the TT Riders Association invited to race at the 2021 Goodwood Revival


Maria's MG
Maria with the MG YB she will race with owner Richard Colburn
Image credit: Mark Saunders

Maria Costello MBE will race on both two and four wheels when she competes in the prestigious Goodwood Revival at the weekend (September 17-19).

The Northamptonshire racer was the first woman to be invited to race in the Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy races in 2019 and has been racing classic motorcycles at the event ever since.

The Revival provides the perfect backdrop and racing track for a historic themed meeting that recreates the glorious days of glamorous motor sport.

Formula One legend Jenson Button and 23 times TT winner John McGuinness are among those taking part in a packed programme that will see Maria compete in both motorcycle races and the St Mary's Trophy car race and become the first woman to race both classic two wheeled and four wheeled machinery.

Both races are a two-rider or driver affair. Maria will team up with Gordon Russell on a 1961 Norton Manx 30M owned by his wife Sally Russell (who is also the Deputy Clerk of the Course for the bike races). The race is run in two parts and starts on Saturday in Le Mans style with one rider running across the track to leap on the running bike held by their team-mate and concludes with the second half held on the Sunday.

Classic car racing is still something new for Maria who was given her first experiences on four wheels thanks to Julius Thurgood, who runs the HRDC. He introduced Maria to her Revival team mate Richard Colburn, who is running three cars alongside his two sons, James and Ben, and their team-mates. Maria and Richard will be sharing a 1953 MG YB in the St Mary's Trophy two-part race that runs on Saturday and Sunday.

Maria said: "I always feel so privileged to be invited to compete at the Revival. It's an absolute highlight of the motorsport calendar and I love every moment, from the dressing up in period costume to racing on this incredibly fast track onboard classic machinery. I adore the nostalgia and heritage that is brought to life. I didn't think it could get any better but having the opportunity to race both two and four wheels has done that, I want to thank everyone who has made this possible and I can't wait to savour the amazing experience and atmosphere!"

The circuit is just one part of the period backdrop. The glamorous costumes of the era are worn by all who attend, including spectators, and the sights and sounds of the racing along with all the additional entertainment take you back to the halcyon days of motorsport, to find out more & buy your event tickets/hospitality head to the Goodwood Revival website.

Maria's Norton
Maria gets to try out the Russell Manx Norton in a CRMC parade.
By Neil Kirby

Ben Birchall is the new TTRA president

John Cooper The list of past presidents of the TT Riders Association is like a who's who of road racing over the last 70 years. From Freddie Frith in 1951, the chain of office has been passed on to numerous other great names including Stanley Woods, Harold Daniell, Jimmy Simpson, Rem Fowler, Geoff Duke, Mike Hailwood, John Surtees, Joey Dunlop, Phillip McCallen and Charlie Williams.

Current day sidecar star Ben Birchall - a 10-time winner with brother Tom in the chair - was recently announced as the 2021 president.

Last year, John 'Mooneyes' Cooper was TTRA president having taken over the presidency from Maria Costello, the first woman to hold the honour.

Since failing to finish in his first TT in 2009, Ben Birchall 44, together with his younger brother Tom has gone on to become the most successful TT sidecar driver of all time. Gaining their first victory in 2013 the brothers have secured a further eight wins and also in 2018 set the outright lap record with an amazing 119.25 mph. From Mansfield, Notts, the brothers run their own racing sidecar outfit construction company when not away racing themselves either in the Isle of Man or Europe.

A Successful 2019 Annual Luncheon

John Cooper John Cooper Inaugurated as President
The Annual Luncheon got into action just as always like a well oiled machine, and Frances must be thanked for the effort that she puts into this prestigious event every year. John Cooper made his entrance on something quite unexpected; it was a replica of the Shuttleworth Special 500cc replica of the George Formby bike in the film "NO LIMIT " John gingerly rode in adorned with his painted Moon Eyes Helmet. The bike was kindly loaned from Graham Hardie.

Maria then spoke a few words to express her appreciation and how much she had enjoyed the honour over the last year. Her very hands on ability to produce a very high profile with her fundraising events and amounts of money she had generously gifted to the TTRA is very much appreciated. Thank you again Maria for this and your continued support.

The Bonhams Auction is a unique and important part of the event. The very much appreciated time that they so very generously have given to us over the very many years without any fees as a donation is a significant prestigious donation. They are and have been a terrific supporter to us all along with some entertaining quips throughout the event. A big thank you to Mr Malcolm Barber, Mr Ben Walker and other members of staff who have done the prep work in the background before the event.

The donations of auction items money raised from high profile fund raising events and the filling of the envelopes on the tables are a significant additional source of funds for the charity, thank you all.

The TTRA Team Attend a Reception at the request of The Lieutenant Governor and Lady Gozney

Maria said "A special evening getting to wear the TT Riders Association chain and be invited to attend the Manx Festival of Motorcycling Reception at the request of The Lieutenant Governor and Lady Gozney at Government House as the President of the TTRA charity, along with all the team who you'll still find in the 38th Milestone during the Manx Grand Prix."

Congratulations to Maria, Current President of the TT Riders Association.
We are very proud of you and your fantastic achievement.
TT Riders Association


Maria Maria Costello narrowly missed out on another podium finish as she produced another great effort at the Isle of Man Classic TT Festival of Motorcycling. The Northamptonshire racer rode to an impressive fourth place in the Senior Classic TT on the Beugger Racing Paton 500 in a race that was reduced to three laps following the tragic death of Kiwi racer Chris Swallow.

Image by By Gianluca Domenicali Photography

Maria, who lost out on second place in the same event last year after being forced to retire and who finished third on the same Beugger Paton in 2016, managed just three practice laps ahead of the race.

However, she was delighted with her performance in a race won by racing legend John McGuinness ,who claimed his third Classic TT win and Italian International Northwest 200 winner, Stefan Bonetti taking second.

Maria pushed Jamie Coward all the way for the final podium spot before being pipped by the Yorkshire rider, who finished runner-up in the Senior and Junior races last year and who went on to win the Junior Classic the following day.

Costello took fourth comfortably ahead of Ireland Honda's Alan Oversby, with Greenall Racing's Derek Sheils and Manxman Chris McGahan taking sixth and seventh.

Maria said: "Of course another podium would have been magical, but those three guys who finished ahead of me are among the best road racers around and considering our lack of practice I'm truly proud of where I finished. Despite hardly any practice, my team did a fantastic job in giving me a truly class motorcycle to compete on. I was really impressed with the new front forks Peter has developed and thanks to some help over the phone from Mark at Moto Shox we had a great set up. Massive thanks to Peter and Barbara for all their hard work, time and effort in making this possible, I love these people and what they do for me & what they put in to the sport. They really are a special part of Classic TT event."

Tragically, Swallow died in an incident at the Ballaugh Bridge section of the course and Maria said: "He was a brilliant racer and we'd shared some great races. My heart breaks for his family and my most sincere condolences go out to his father Bill, his wife Jen and their children."

Maria also rode in the Junior Classic TT on a 350cc CSC Racing Drixton Honda for Steve Caffyn and was enjoying her first racing laps on the bike when a mechanical issue forced her to retire at the top of Barregarrow on lap three. "I was gutted we didn't get to finish. It's been a total pleasure riding for Steve Caffyn and being part of his brilliant team, big thanks to them all." said Costello.

Thanks to the Beugger Team's mechanic Richard who was watching at the point where I'd broken down, I managed to get a lift back in time to do the parade lap on the beautifully prepared Team Herheim Racing Kawasaki ZXR750 Classic Superbike. Getting to ride the course on this bike, following some of my heroes around the course, including Ago and Mick Grant and wave at the fans who were out in great numbers, was very special, thanks so much for the opportunity!"

Special thanks to both the Beugger and CSC teams and to all my sponsors for making this event and race season possible." Maria will next be competing on two wheels at the Goodwood Revival for BMW Group Classic in September. For more information on this event and to purchase tickets go to

Maria on the CSC Racing Drixton Honda 350 by Markspics


Maria Maria Costello returns to the Isle of Man for the Classic TT looking for more success onboard the Beugger Racing Paton 500 following last year's disappointment at being forced to retire while in second place.

Costello, who finished third on the Paton in 2016, will start this year's Senior Classic TT from seventh place onboard the immaculately prepared Beugger Racing 500cc Paton owned by Swiss husband and wife team Peter & Barbara Beugger.

Maria jumps Ballacrye on the Beugger Paton Image by Burgos Pics

Maria will also be competing in the Junior Classic TT on a 350cc CSC Drixton Honda for Steve Caffyn. The six-speed bike has enjoyed a top-12 finish in recent years and Maria will also be start number seven on this machine. The Northamptonshire racer is the only female to be seeded in the top 20 for both of these races and is looking forward to practice starting on Saturday 17th August. Maria has a long and proud history at the Isle of Man, having held the fastest female lap record at the TT for five years, she was also the first female solo racer in the island's history to claim a podium place when she took third in the Ultra Lightweight category at the 2005 Manx Grand Prix.

The podium finish alongside her hero and 23 times TT winner, John McGuinness, in the 2016 Isle of Man Senior Classic TT was a real highlight and this year she made history by becoming the first woman to race both a sidecar and a solo not only at the same TT races but on the same day. She said: "This event has come to mean a huge amount to me not just because of the success I've had here but because of the wonderful people, atmosphere and fantastic machinery I get to compete on.

"Riding for the Beuggers is always a real pleasure and they even organised for me to test the bike earlier on this season after Peter made some more developments to the bike. They travel all the way from Switzerland every year, allowing me to compete on their beautiful bike, I can't thank them enough and I hope I can repay them with a strong finish this time. "Steve Caffyn played a big part in me finding my mojo after injury many years back when he supported me with an R6 Yamaha at the Manx GP so I'm really happy to be back riding for him again.

I feel super fortunate & grateful to be riding for both these teams this year. "I hope the weather is kind and the organisers can secure enough marshals for practice to start on Saturday. If anyone is over and would like to help by being a marshal, you don't need to have done it before, please go to


Maria Maria Costello concluded her outstanding year of modern machinery road racing by claiming a brilliant 10th place at the fonaCAB Ulster Grand Prix. The Northamptonshire racer rode the Mark Coverdale Paton SC1 to a brilliant 10th place finish with an average speed of more than 110mph in the Castle Mall Supertwin race.

Maria clocked a best lap of more than 112mph to finish the leading female competitor in a race that saw Paul Jordon take his maiden international road race title in an event that was fiercely competitive. The impressive performance completed an outstanding year for Costello, who made history by becoming the first female competitor to compete in both the Sidecar TT and Lightweight TT races at the Isle of Man in June despite the terrible weather that disrupted the event and saw her racing both the sidecar and solo on the same day.

With passenger Julie Canipa, she claimed a best and hugely encouraging 17th place onboard the LCR Kawasaki F2 sidecar, an impressive result considering they had only done four practice laps together, while Costello then took 24th place on the Paton in the Lightweight TT. All this followed the International North West 200 where she matched her best ever finish of 13th place in the MCL Insuretech Supertwin race, won by Stefano Bonetti, who became only the fourth overseas rider ever to win it.

A great finish to a special and historic season has been made possible thanks to the input and belief received from Mark Coverdale who became the main sponsor through his company Frog Property Developments, which included the opportunity to race his Paton SC1 race bike.

Costello said: "What a season it has been racing two and three wheels on the roads, and it feels so good to finish on another high. We all know that in real road racing there are so many variables that even hard work and determination cannot always succeed and the weather really did its best to disrupt our plans, so I'm absolutely delighted with the results.

"This season has been a dream come true and I want to thank my main sponsor Mark, all my sponsors who stand by me and enable me to go racing and my team of Matt, Chris, Jacqui, Stephen & William for helping me achieve my best year yet."

"Thanks to everyone who has supported us this season and massive thanks to all my amazing sponsors. "I would also like to congratulate all the people who make the road races happen - the clubs, organisers, volunteers, medical teams, marshalls who stood in the rain and fans on social media and spectators (who also stood in the rain). I applaud you for everything you put in to the sport that allows me to enjoy my passion.

"My thoughts go out to those who have lost loved ones and I'll always have those no longer with us in my thoughts. My best wishes go out to those still recovering from injuries.

"My modern road-racing season has been so special and I'm so excited to be moving in to my classic racing part of the year with the Classic TT just about to start." Maria will once again be campaigning the Beugger Racing Paton 500 she claimed a podium finish on in 2016 and will also be racing a Drixton 350 Honda K4 for the CSC Team.

MARIA COSTELLO MBE made history this TT


By Steve Babb Photography

MARIA COSTELLO MBE made history by becoming the first female competitor to compete in both the sidecar and Lightweight TT races on the same day at the Isle of Man TT.

The Northamptonshire racer has been competing on two wheels at the Isle of Man for over 20 years and has achieved great success including a Classic TT podium in 2016. But it was only in recent years when she started racing a sidecar and set herself the challenge of doing both at the most demanding road race in the world.

Terrible weather disrupted the event like never before, leaving all competitors with dramatically reduced practice and with time running out the organisers were forced to run five races in one day.

Maria and her sidecar passenger Julie Canipa had already finished their first full distance TT sidecar race in a hugely encouraging 21st place, lapping at over 100mph on every lap with a best of over 102mph, which was an impressive result considering they had only done four practice laps together.

Maria's final two races were moved to the same day when the Lightweight race was postponed and Friday's final sidecar race was brought forward as organisers scheduled a staggering five races in one day.

Maria and Julie were out on the sidecar first and enjoyed the reduced two-lap race as they improved their lap times again with a best of 102.671mph to claim a top 20 finish of 17th place as winners Ben and Tom Birchall, matched the 10 wins of TT legend Rob Fisher by claiming their second victory of the week.

Later that day Costello reverted to two wheels to compete in another reduced distance race, this time taking 24th place on the Coverdale Paton in the Lightweight TT, a race won by Michael Dunlop making it the 50thvictory for the Dunlop family at the Isle of Man.

Costello said: "I'm so happy, it has been an incredible and probably my best ever TT because I got to achieve history by doing something so special, racing both the solo and a sidecar as an all-female team.

"It's probably been the hardest TT because the weather was disastrous. We had hardly any practice, so we were even more made up with our achievements, I loved every second on the sidecar and I can't thank Julie enough for believing in me and for being a brilliant passenger.

"My solo race was always going to be compromised with doing a new discipline here at the same time, but the bad weather and lack of practice impacted it further. The Paton is a brilliant race bike but we were still making changes in to the race. I'm excited to get some more testing under my belt before my next outing on it."

Very few people have ever piloted a sidecar and ridden a solo at the TT because the disciplines are so different. Maria has become the first woman to do both not only at the same TT but on the same race day at the same TT. An incredible accomplishment that due to bad weather, was forced to happen, and might never be repeated. "What a TT, I'm so made up, it's been a lot of hard work and effort to make it all come together, but now it feels amazing and all worth while.

"My thoughts are with the family and friends of Daley Mathison and wishing all those injured a speedy recovery.

"Well done to the organisers, Gary Thompson and all his team, the marshals and volunteers and everyone who made the event happen."

MARIA COSTELLO MBE is looking forward to the Isle of Man TT Maria

MARIA COSTELLO MBE is looking forward to the Isle of Man TT with great anticipation after matching her best ever Supertwin finish at the International North West 200.

The Northamptonshire based motorcycle racer was delighted with her effort in her first road race outing on her new Mark Coverdale Paton.

Costello claimed 13th place in the Thursday evening Supertwin race won by Stefano Bonetti, who became the first Italian and only the fourth overseas rider ever to win at the International North West 200.

Maria said: "I'm delighted with matching my personal best finish, that's a massive bonus considering it was my first time on the Paton on real roads, and it felt even better to do it in front of such great fans, I always get the warmest of welcomes at the NW200."

"Every lap was a valuable opportunity to learn the new bike and the chance to make the bike 'mine'. I'm over the moon with my new team and mechanic as all the adjustments and changes we made had a positive impact on lap times, giving us a great base to work from as we head to the Isle of Man to compete in the TT Lightweight class."

Maria is again the only female solo competition at this year's Isle of Man TT races but she will also be making her TT sidecar debut and could become the first woman to race both a sidecar and solo at the TT races.

Costello, whose achievements on the Isle of Man include being a former TT female lap record holder, being the first woman to step onto the podium in a race at the Manx Grand Prix and being a Classic TT podium finisher, will have Julie Canipa as her passenger.

Costello added: I'm not only racing the Paton but I'll also be racing my LCR sidecar as an all-female team, so this TT is going to be really special!."

"Massive thanks to Mark Coverdale and all my sponsors for making this possible and to my mechanic Chris and all my team plus Moto Shox for all their hard work and to the amazing fans, marshals, volunteers, supporters and all who make the racing happen.

Thanks also to Mervyn and all his team at the NW200 for making me feel so welcome and to that team and Alison Clarke for giving me the opportunity to work on stage with Logie and really be part of the event.


The new all-female racing sidecar team of Maria Costello MBE and Julie Canipa got their season off to a great start as they prepare to race at the Isle of Man TT.

The new duo are delighted with their first two outings of the season at Oulton Park and Mallory Park.

Northamptonshire racer Costello, racing her Frog Property Developments LCR Kawasaki, and her sidecar partner Canipa, from the Isle of Man, secured two top-10 finishes in the F2 class at the second round of the MRO Championships at Oulton Park.

They followed that by taking another two top-10 (7th & 6th) overall finishes in the EMRA sidecar races at Mallory Park. Costello said: "I'm over the moon with how we've started the season, especially as we have gone straight in to racing without any testing. Julie is a great passenger and we've already secured all our signatures for our TT Mountain Course licence and can now look forward to testing some new parts before the TT."

Julie added: "Maria has been driving brilliantly, with her confidence in our pairing showing in our results. We've had a fantastic start to the season." Maria added: "Our small team really seems to be gelling well, the MJW Specialist engines are proving great as are the Avon tyres and the Nitron Suspension. I'm also over the moon with the new livery, special thanks to the combined efforts of Pluckley Coachworks, Premier Display & ColourKraft. Thanks also to Frog Property Developments for coming onboard as our main sponsor and to all my sponsors for making this season possible."

The pair are looking forward to receiving their new matching race suits from RST to finish off their look for 2019 and will now concentrate on testing ahead of the Isle of Man TT meeting, having secured the required signatures for their TT mountain course licence.


The TTRA give President Maria and passenger Julie a big thumbs up and wish them the best of luck and success in the 2019 sidecar TT races

Maria Costello MBE is aiming to become the first woman to race both sidecar and solo machinery at the same Isle of Man TT meeting after announcing her partnership with Julie Canipa for the 2019 season.

The Northamptonshire racer celebrated International Women's Day by securing acceptance to race the sidecar at this year's TT with Julie Canipa as her new passenger, who last year was awarded the Susan Jenness Trophy by the TT Supporters' Club for her fantastic efforts in the event.

The pair will form a formidable duo as an all-female team. Maria made her sidecar road racing debut at the Southern 100 road races on the Isle of Man last year while Canipa started her TT career alongside Doug Chandler in 2015 and teamed up with Greg Lambert in 2017 to claim her best IoM finish of eighth.

Despite being a late starter to the sport, Canipa, 50, of Port Soderick on the Isle of Man, is the fastest female passenger around the twisty Oliver's Mount circuit and has enjoyed podium success at the Pre-TT Classic as well as racing competitively in New Zealand. Maria said: "I'm so excited about getting the opportunity to compete on my sidecar at the TT, this would make me the first woman to race both a sidecar and solo at the TT races and to do it as an all-female team would make it even more special."

"I'm so delighted to have Julie as my passenger. She is a massive boost to my sidecar racing and especially to my TT as she's a terrific passenger and she also has four years of experience there."

"Julie and I feel like such a great match and I feel very lucky to have her onboard. We have the same approach and we believe in each other's ability. Hopefully, that will go a long way towards making our goals a reality and we're really looking forward to getting some testing and races under our belts in the coming months."

Maria, who recently secured a deal to ride a Paton Supertwin for Mark Coverdale this year, goes into the season with a new mechanic, Chris Purdie, who will work alongside existing spanner man Matt Williams and new team members from Ireland.

"I've got continued support from many of my existing sponsors, which means the world, and some new sponsors to announce in the very near future," added Maria, whose achievements on the Isle of Man include being a former female lap record holder on the TT course, being the first woman to take the podium in a race at the Manx Grand Prix & a Classic TT podium finisher.

"We would welcome additional support for this attempt at making more history possible and we have some great positions on both my sidecar, solo and my helmet available for new sponsors."

The Susan Jenness Trophy is presented to the female competitor considered to have made the most meritorious performance at that year's TT. It is awarded in memory of Susan Jenness, who lost her life while marshalling during an off-road event in the UK but was a also a sidecar passenger in her own right.


Maria MARIA COSTELLO MBE is aiming for a fantastic 2019 after securing a deal to race a Paton Supertwin in the forthcoming road race season.

The Northamptonshire racer will ride one of Mark Coverdale’s Paton Supertwins, which is a similar machine to the one Michael Dunlop rode to victory in the 2018 Bennetts Lightweight TT.

Maria is thrilled to be running the Coverdale Paton in her own team at the TT but she will also be competing in the Supertwin classes at the Fona Cab/Nicholl Oils International Northwest 200 and International Ulster Grand Prix, where she has also held the fastest female lap record.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for me," said Costello, who recently was inducted as the first female president of the TT Riders Association in its 67-year history. "I tried this Paton last year and, I only did a few laps, but it’s on another level in performance and handling. This makes me very excited about the added potential this gives me at all the International road races, especially the TT."

Maria’s love of racing the Isle of Man TT course is undeniable; she has been racing there for twenty years, became the first female in the history of the Isle of Man to claim a solo podium at the 2005 Manx Grand Prix. Since then she’s collected nine Bronze TT Replicas and five Silver Classic TT Replicas and had outstanding success on the Beugger 500 Paton when she secured third place and another historic podium alongside her hero John McGuinness at the 2016 Classic TT.

Mark Coverdale said: "I am delighted to be able to support Maria with sponsorship and lending her one of my Patons. Maria is an excellent road racer and is inspirational in her dedication to supporting road racing, educating youngsters and encouraging women to enter the sport. Her success with this brand has been seen before with her podium at the Classic TT. It’s a breed of bike that really suits her. I am really looking forward to seeing her achieve more successes this season."

Maria is aiming high for 2019 but not just on two wheels. In addition to her modern and classic motorcycle racing she will be back out on her Kawasaki LCR F2 sidecar and will be announcing her sidecar racing plans soon.

TTRA members topped the result sheet at the recent Macau GP

Once again TTRA members topped the result sheet at the recent Macau GP with TT hero Peter Hickman and multiple winner Michael Rutter claiming 1st and 2nd steps on the podium with members filling nine of the top ten positions. In all, from 24 finishers 17 were TTRA members.

Unfortunately one of our newest members Manxman Andrew Dudgeon from Ramsey suffered a serious injury during practice over there but happily he is now on his way back to the Island where hopefully he will make a full and speedy recovery.

Congratulations from the TT Riders Associationn to all the TTRA members who finished in the Macu races - Fantastic!

Peter Hickman, Michael Rutter, Danny Webb, Gary Johnson,Horst Saiger, David Johnson, Derek Sheils,Davy Todd, John McGuinness, Sam West, Michael Sweeny, Ben Wylie, Phillip Crowe, Dominic Herbertson, Steve Heneghan. Craig Neve, Davy Morgan.

Committee of the TTRA

MARIA COSTELLO MBE unveiled as the organisation's first female president in its
67-year history

The Northamptonshire racer was handed the chain of office at the association's annual luncheon at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham.

Committee member Mick Chatterton added: "We saw Maria's dedication to the TT and successes around the course. Combine that with her public profile and her superb PR skills and we knew she would be a great President, one who could connect the TTRA with a younger and wider audience of potential new supporters."

Maria follows a host of greats from the world of motorcycling in this prestigious role, and she said: "This is an absolute honour and I will be as determined as I have been with my racing to support this charity."

Costello, who was made an MBE in 2009 in recognition of her career as one of Britain's leading female racers, assumed the presidency from Richard 'Milky' Quayle, who is one of only three Manxmen to win a TT.

The inauguration luncheon was a great success with more than £10,000 raised from the auction. Costello's acceptance speech was well received by a supportive audience as she started her term as the first female president.

Costello added: "The association works so hard to help racers and their families when they encounter hardship or injury but the need for confidentiality means their work often goes unnoticed. I'll use all my skills to help raise the profile of the TTRA and hopefully encourage lots more TT racers, fans and motorcycle groups to support the charity and become TTRA or FOTTRA members." Costello says that she is thrilled to be the first female president and added: "I may be the first woman in the role, but I hope many more female racers will follow in my footsteps.

The 38th Milestone Firing on all Cylinders
The regular rigging of signs, and cleaning of the rooms has resulted in the 38th Milestone being open for business as usual behind the Grandstand.

Pop in for a chat with Frances and Mick with a nice cup of tea and a biscuit. Take time to relax in a microcosm of peace hidden away in the middle of the hubble and bussle of the Motorcycle festival taking place around you everywhere.

It is an opportunity for both competitors and non competitors to join the association which provides both financial and moral support for any competitor and their family, of any age who is a memeber and in need of assistance at any stage of their life.

Frances Thorp has a Lucky Escape

On the afternoon of Saturday 21st January Frances and a friend were involved in a head on car crash on the road between Patrick and St Johns on the Isle of Man.

Mike was driving home when a car drove straight into them. The other driver was travelling down the road on the wrong side for about 400yds and came round a corner and colliding with Mike's car.

Without the air bags and seat belts things would have been so different. Mike managed to get out but Frances was trapped in and they could not open the door as her door was in the hedge.

Police, Fire, Ambulance plus the Test Station manager, were out from both Peel and Douglas stations. Mike has bad chest bruising and Frances has badly bruised ribs but are both walking, talking and back driving.


Robin Smith

It is with deep sadness that we have to announce the passing of Robin Smith - 4th December 2017 one of our great fundraisers of the Friends of the TT Riders Association.

Robin and his wife Helen had attended the Annual Luncheon at the National Motorcycle Museum for the first time in October. A surprise Presentation of the Win and Allan Robinson Rose Bowl was made to them for the continuous support and generosity with their fundraising events.

This came as a complete surprise and they were extremely thrilled with the presentation, especially as many of their friends were there to witness the occasion. The presentation was made by the new President Richard Quayle and the Blackpool Town Crier Barry McQueen.

Over the years, many many fans have been made welcome into their gardens at Hillberry to spectate from a fantastic vantage point. Robin and Helen suggested that a donation to the TTRA fund for injured riders would be appeciated for this privilege. Over the years they have donated nearly £15,000 to the sister Charity "Friends of the TTRA", for which we are very grateful.

Donations in lieu of flowers if so desired should be sent to Friends of the TT Riders Association, c\o The Treasurer, Mrs Frances Thorp, Mountain View, Glen Maye, IM5 3BJ. All enquiries please to Eric Faragher Ltd., Funeral Directors, Main Road, Onchan.Tel: 673109 or 622897

Our sympathy goes to Helen, family members and close friends.

Rest in Peace Robin.

TT Riders Association and Friends of the TT Riders Association.

December 2017

milky Quayle
Richard Quayle arrives in unusual style by not riding a winning bike for the start of his year as President of the TTRA

Manxman Richard (milky) Quayle has recently become the 66th President of the TT Riders Association at our Annual Luncheon which was held in October at the National Motorcycle Museum, Solihull, Birmingham.

The New President was enrobed with the magnificent Chain of office after his arrival in the Dining Room. The President's entrance into the Dining Room is by tradition always on a winning Motorbike of the President's day, but this year was on a 50cc small collapsible commuter bike which was a big surprise for the 400 + members and guests. This change caused many laughs, as Richard kept going round and round the entrance area. When he eventually stopped and gave time for Charlie Williams our Compere to have an interview with him, his excitement and enthusiasm was very obvious, and to put it in his words, the whole event was awesome!

Richard was very keen to express his hopes for the coming Presidency year and to bring some ideas forward whereby fundraising will be the top of his list.

John Surtees

© Mortons Archive

It is with great sadness that we have to announce that one of the greatest TT Riders and Past President of the TT Riders Association has passed away and we would like to offer our condolences to the Surtees family.

John was a very supportive member and always kept an interest with the TT Riders Association and the great Charity work that goes on with this very worthy cause.

Our thanks for giving so much pleasure and excitement in the world of Sport, he will be sadly missed.


Patrons, Committee and Members of the TTRA

March 2017

hperbaric chamber
Recent TTRA president Roy Hanks announces his retirement from active sidecar road racing

Recent TTRA president Roy Hanks has recently announced his retirement from active sidecar road racing after completing an amazing 50 years at the TT in 2016. During that time Roy achieved one victory in 1997 and 5 podiums with a succession of passengers including his wife Rose.

The Hanks name has of course been synonimous with the TT for many years with Roys father Fred and brother Norman both being fomer competitors.

In the 1970s when the TT was suffering a bad period for various reasons incuding the crippling expenses for competitors Fred Hanks formed the TT Supporters Club to give all riders some help with costs to enable them to continue.

Since that time Roy and his wife Rose have worked constantly to keep the organisation functioning and providing some assistance to the main bulk of competitors who have to pay all their own expenses.

No one person has given more for the love of the TT than Roy Hanks.

hperbaric chamber The Isle of Man TT Riders' Association has donated £5,000 to the island's hyperbaric chamber charity

For the past 30 years, the facility has helped riders injured during the races. It has assisted many prominent riders to full recovery when injured, and also helped those who have suffered minor injuries such as soft tissue, muscle or ligament damage, that if sustained during practice week or a prior event, would normally prevent them from starting their race.

TTRA Secretary Frances Thorp, Debbie Barron from the Hyperbaric Chamber,
TTRA committee members Mick Chatterton and Andrew Jessopp

Friends of the Hyperbaric Chamber charity secretary Debbie Barron said: 'Although all riders are asked for a donation towards the service we still must rely on the generosity of others to help us run the facility.'

We do receive support from the health service in the form of an annual grant and in return provide emergency hyperbaric treatments for diving casualties 365 days a year and also up to 15,000 hyperbaric treatments a year for patients referred by a GP or hospital consultants.

Information sourced from

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Shoprite Isle of Man wins the TT Riders Association award for their continued support fundraising in their Isle of Man stores

©Isle of Man Newspapers

This award is presented each year at the TTRA Annual Luncheon held in October at the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull and it is always a surprise as who the recipient will be.

Allan Robinson was the second Secretary of the TTRA, following on from Norman Scott. His wife Win was the driving force behind him, and their work for the TTRA over many years was immense; sadly they have now both passed away. In 2007 Joe Wood thought that it would be fitting to give the Rose Bowl in their memory. He donated the beautiful Rose Bowl to the TT Riders Association and the Friends of the TTRA. Joe was another sterling worker from Southern Ireland who was responsible for enrolling most of the new members in the early days of the Friends of the TTRA. Sadly Joe has passed away but he has left a lasting reminder of his generosity.

The committee accepts suggestions and then selects who is to be the recipient of the award. Many different reasons are put forward and suggested; fundraising is an unseen and very important challenge in many instances, but the financial results for the charity are immense.

Fundraising of any description is vital to the TTRA and Shoprite support us all year round with collection drums in every store. Thank you to everyone who donates their loose change. The TTRA is for the riders of today, and ex riders of yesterday. Every single penny donated goes to the charity; there are no wages or office rents paid. All the committee members are volunteers, and we are not affiliated to any other charity.

The TTRA is a very active Manx Charity formed in 1951 by five riders who helped one of their racing friends and created the TTRA as an organisation to be there for riders of the future. The sole function of the charity is to assist injured TT riders and families in times of financial difficulties.

Our sister charity for anyone who wishes to support TTRA members is the Friends of the TT Riders Association who are our fundraising side. If you wish to know more please contact Frances Thorp, Hon Secretary 07624 402505 or browse this web site.

Congratulations and thank you to all the Shoprite staff who continue to assist us with their contributions.

On behalf of the Committee members. Patrons and Members.

Frances Thorp Hon Secretary TT Riders Association

Alex George
Alex George arrives for the start of his year as President of the TTRA

New TTRA President Alex George made the traditional ride into the annual luncheon at the National Motorcycle Museum aboard the most famous production racing motorcycle of all time, the 750 3cylinder 1970 Triumph, better known world wide as Slippery Sam, or at least a rebuilt version of it as the original was very badly damaged in the 2003 museum fire.

Alex along with his co rider Dave Croxford piloted the machine to the last of its five successive TT Production race victories in the 10 lap 1975 race.

The machine was given the Slippery Sam nickname by one of its riders TTRA member Paul Smart during its first International 24 hours race in France in 1970 because of an engine oil leak which soaked both him and the bike in the slippery fluid, still managing to finish in 5th place.

Of course our President Alex had many successes during his long career in both Grand Prix and road racing, the most famous being his defeat of the great Mike Hailwood in the 1979 TT which he relived for us lap by lap during his enthralling speech at the luncheon.

Peter Hickman
TTRA member Peter Hickman celebrated his victory for the second year in succession at the Macau GP on November 19th

Peter beat 8 times Macau winner and fellow TTRA member Michael Rutter into 2nd place after a racelong battle. There were other TTRA members in the top positions, Connor Cummins came 4th, John McGuinness came 7th behind Horst Saiger and Ian Hutchinson was 8th in front of Irishman Derek Sheils, England Dan Cooper and Manxman Dan Kneen

Big Money
'Big Money' did make big money for charity!
Isle of Man Post Office giant replica 50p coin raised a significant amount for two motorcycle charities in an online auction.

The unique coin, made from lightweight foam board, was produced to promote the TT Legends coin series launched in 2015 and exhibited at the paddock during the 2016 Isle of Man TT, Classic TT, Manx Grand Prix and at the Festival of Jurby.

It has been signed by more than 70 people with connections to motorcycle racing and the TT Mountain course, including 23-times TT winner John McGuinness and a host of other current and past TT racers, MGP stars, TV and radio presenters, leading race officials and global racing greats like Pierfrancesco 'Frankie' Chili.

Now Isle of Man Post Office is auctioning the one-of-a-kind collectable through its
eBay store to raise money for two charities. The auction began on 1st October and runs for 10 days.

All proceeds will be split between the Isle of Man TT Marshals Association and the TT Riders Association, which both play a vital role in road racing in the Isle of Man.

Maxine Cannon, General Manager, Isle of Man Stamps & Coins, said: 'We had this replica created to promote our TT Legends 50p coins, and it was photographed alongside many of the biggest names from the TT and world of motorcycle racing. More than 70 stars agreed to sign the coin, and now we'd like to give fans this opportunity to own a truly unique collectable.'

Update on 11th October

The bids for the coin have just closed at £1001 and the TTRA will receive a cheque for £500.50. With a big thank you to Maxine Cannon, for being the instigator of the idea, Paul and Janet Quayle who collected all the 70 signatures and Aaron Mephan who worked hard spreading the word.

Thank you to all who supported the Auction.

Prize Winner
The Winner of the Police Helmet signed by the 2016 TT Riders has been Presented to the winner of the raffle,
Mrs Jane South

Following the raffle to win an Isle of Man Constabulary helmet signed by the TT 2016 riders, the winner Mrs Jane South was presented with it on Friday 22nd July and a certificate of authenticity signed by the Chief Constable at Police Headquarters in Douglas. In total over £1800 was raised for the three charities which included the Police Benevolent fund, the ACU Benevolent fund and the TT Riders association.

Upon being presented with the prize Jane who is from Santon said "When I bought the tickets I thought it would be a nice thing to win, I bought the tickets but never expected to win, Im obviously delighted and the money raised has gone to great causes".

Prize Winner Within the picture presentation are (from left to right) Wyn Evans and Des Evans ACU Benevolent fund, Detective Sergeant Bobby Syme committee member for the Police Benevolent fund, Helmet winner, Jane South and Frances Thorpe of the TT riders benevolent fund association.

Prize Winner The riders who have signed this helmet are; Peter Hickman, Steve Mercer, Conor Cummins, Bruce Anstey, Matthew Rees, Horst Saiger, Ian Hutchinson, Ivan Lintin, John Holden, Lee Johnston, Michael Dunlop, John McGuiness, Dave Molyneux, Sam West, Ryan Kneen, James Hillier, Michael Rutter & Dan Stewart and the late Paul Shoesmith.

The two ITV4 Presenters of the TT, Mr James Whitham and Steve Plater have also signed it and finally retired TT rider and Island resident Milky Quayle.

Sadly the TTRA lost two of its members in tragic accidents on Saturday June 4th at the TT

Dwight Beare aged 27 from Melbourne Australia lost his life at Rhencullen on the first lap of the sidecar race while driving with Manxman Ben Binns as passenger who suffered ankle injuries. Dwight made his TT debut in 2014 with his father Noel acting as passenger finishing in 12th position. Last year the same partnership ended up with a 17th position finish

Dwight then decided to stay in the Isle of Man to be closer to the racing community and to prepare his outfit for this years TT.

The TTRA wishes to express its great sympathy to Dwights close family and friends.

Paul Shoesmith, better known as [Shoey] died in an accident at Sulby during a practice lap on Saturday evening. Paul 50 from Poynton in Cheshire a successful businessman first competed at the TT in 2005, His best year being 2011 when he gained 15th place in both the Superbike and Senior races.

Paul was also a successful team owner and has provided top class machinery to many riders over the years at all the major road races.

In Saturday mornings TT Superbike race Paul completed his fastest ever lap at a shade under 126mph A real character Shoey will be very sadly missed around the road racing paddocks of the world.

The TTRA wishes to offer its condolences to all Pauls family and many friends.

Big Congratulations to one of our Past Presidents
John Surtees MBE, OBE and now CBE

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It is with great delight that we send you our congratulations for your recent award of a CBE at Buckingham Palace last week.

As a Past President of the TT riders association we are thrilled to be able to have been a part of your sporting career.

What a tremendous honour to have received the MBE, OBE and now a CBE. It is wonderful that you have been given this award and to say that it is well deserved would be an understatement.

Wishing you good health and thank you for all you have done for the sporting world and the TT riders association.

Kind regards

The TT Riders Association committee and members

March 2016

The Earl and Lady March have been robbed in a violent raid

Thieves stole items including £400k tiara, a £200k diamond necklace and an Emerald and diamond ring given to the mistress of Charles II.

A masked burglar forced them to open a safe full of valuable antique jewellery. The robber hit the Earl of March with a blunt instrument.

Lord March and his wife remained tied up until the morning, when a member of staff arrived for work. The couple have been devastated by the attack and theft.

It is with great sadness to learn of such a horrific burglary and the terrifying act of assault which Lord March and Lady March had to endure. The kindness and generosity that has been given at Goodwood for many many years allowing 1000's of visitors worldwide to have enjoyed events of a lifetime, it is tragic that this assault should happen to such a great family.

Lord March is one of our longest serving Patrons which has spanned over 30 years. When possible he attends our Annual Luncheon and Fundraising Auction at the National Motorcycle Museum, Solihull. He always makes sure that great items are donated every year to raise funds for assisting injured TT Riders past and present and taking care of older members who may need some help in later years.

It is our hope that Lord March and Lady March recover well and their Heirlooms will be recovered and the assailant is brought to justice. The generosity of this fine family at Goodwood House is second to none.

Our sincere and deepest sympathy and kind thoughts are with you both.


The TT Riders Association, Patrons, President, Committee members and all the TT Rider Members.

January 2016

The Sad Death of Richard 'Dick' Madsen-Mygdal
On Wednesday 9th Dec 2015

Richard 'Dick' Madsen-Mygdal passed away on Wednesday 9th Dec at John Radcliffe Hospital Oxford he was 88. He is survived by son and current TTRA President David Madsen-Mygdal, grandsons Paul and William.

Richard lead the 1953 Clubman TT on board a 1,000cc Vincent V twin but came off on last lap at Brandywell fracturing his skull. This was his last competitive ride on the mountain circuit. His memorable ride is captured in a oil painting by David Langford.

Dick's wife Stella who rode pillion to the TT on the Vincent passed away 2013 closely followed by grandson Mark later that year at Southern 100.

The funeral is on Thursday 17th December at the new crematorium
Wantage, Oxford 10am.

Donations in lieu of flowers to TTRA via Frances Thorpe.

David Langford's Tribute can be found by following this link

Some additional info:

A resident of Cumnor Oxford previously the major of the village a jovial position inaugurated by being thrown into the duck pond.

He was a publican, haulage contractor and mechanic.


Annual luncheon Held at the National Motorcycle Museum Birmingham
On October 28th 2015

The 2015 TT Riders Association Annual Luncheon held at the National Motorcycle Museum on October 28th 2015 was a great success and enjoyed by everyone present. The traditional entrance was made by the new president riding in on his racing bike to the excitement and roars from the members and guests; all 400 of them.

The outgoing president Roy Hanks was there to welcome the incoming new president David Madsen-Mygdal and spoke a few words of thanks. He then expressed how much he had enjoyed his year in office and how he now understood more about how the TTRA works and the good work done by the Committee, Treasurer and Secretary. He then added a few words of encouragement, congratulated David and wished him a happy and exciting year ahead.
The Luncheon commenced with the following menu, melon, soup, Barnsley chop and fresh vegetables followed by a delicious sweet served with tea or coffee and after dinner mints.

Following the toasts and remembering absent friends there was a list of apologies received which were read out by the compere Charlie Williams and the town crier Barry Mcqueen.

The fundraising auction commenced and was conducted by Mr Malcolm Barber (Co Chairman of Bonhams) and Mr Ben Walker International Department Director. This commenced with some very interesting and exciting items kindly donated to the TTRA from many generous supporters. The sale provides us with tremendous financial assistance for the purpose of helping the injured riders in many ways. The amount raised on the day was nearing £10,000 and counting..

The whole event was recorded by a photographer taking many shots of members and guests, firstly in the reception area and then in the proceedings of the luncheon.

If you wish to look at the photographs or even wish to buy one please go on the following website: or click on this Link to Prestige Photography

Enter the code number in small box (right hand corner of the home page) of ttra14411

The 2016 Luncheon date is Wednesday October 26th 2016. Come and be a part of it. Email [email protected]


Colin Appleyard
Courtesy Double Red
Colin Appleyard who passed away in June after a long period of ill health was a longstanding and very enthusiastic TTRA member. Though best known for the Appleyard teams in British and World Championship racing over the past 20 years, Colin was a very active competitor in his own right, both solo and sidecar from the late 50s and through the 60s, competing in the MGP from 1956 to 1959 and the sidecar TT in 1969.

After this Colin concentrated on building his motor cycle, car and marine sales business in West Yorkshire in which he achieved great success. This enabled Colin to support his son Robin in his successful British Championship quests and later his World Championship career. Colin was always keen to support up and coming young talent and to this day the Appleyard Racing team can be seen keeping up this tradition in the BSB Supersport class.

A regular TTRA luncheon attender usually in company with his friend Tony Jeffries, Colin will be sorely missed.

Geoff Duke


The TT Riders Association are saddened by the loss of one of the most remarkable motorcycle legends of his time. A Past President of the TTRA and a continued generous supporter throughout many years.

There have been many occasions when Geoff has made his presence known with our many members in TT and Manx Grand Prix weeks when he has been relaxing with a cup of tea in the 38th Milestone at the rear of the Paddock. Geoff was a very quiet and charming person which everyone warmed to. He always had time to talk, not only about racing and the glamour of being a 6 time World Champion.

Those of us who are lucky enough to live on the beautiful Isle of Man see from day to day what goes on. Some great residents do to try and improve the Isle of Man by extending interests away from racing. Geoff was one of those gentlemen, astute, charming and very popular. His enterprising ability was well documented.

He was involved in several business ventures, including purchasing and running the former Arragon Hotel on the Old Castletown Road in the late 1950's. He established a successful motor parts distribution company on Peel Road, Douglas and headed the Manx Line Shipping Company launched in 1978 as opposition to the Isle of Man Steam Packet. Geoff was also a director of Duke Video which his eldest son Peter set up in 1981, a company that still exists, these are some of his business achievements.

The TT Riders sister charity Friends of the TTRA is privileged to have Peter Duke as one of our Patrons which will always include the name of Duke in our memories, whoever and whatever they might be.

Geoff was a Legend.

On behalf of the TTRA and The Friends condolence cards have been sent with the following letters.

This was sent to Mrs Daisy Duke.

It is with great sadness I am writing on behalf of the President, Patrons, Committee and all the members of the TT Riders Association sending our deepest sympathy and regret that such a fine and respected man has passed away.

Not only was he such a wonderful world class rider, he was adored by his fans as being a gentleman of the sport. " The Duke " was totally apt. and a very fair and honest competitor with his sportsmen he competed with.

As a previous President of the TTRA he brought many ideas and took the position with honour and pride.

May we hope that you will take comfort from knowing that he was loved by everyone who knew him in all walks of life.

Rest in Peace Geoffrey.
From The Friends of the TTRA.

This was sent to Mr Peter Duke.

Writing on behalf of the Members of the sister Charity namely The Friends of the TTRA.

This membership is made up of like minded people who have spent their lives as spectators, sponsors, mechanics or simply enjoying the wonderful sport of Motorcycle racing and being enthralled by the excitement and racing bravery which was shown by the immaculate style of the wonderful racer Geoff Duke OBE.

Passing on to you the sincere condolences of the many admiring members we have who are saddened by this great loss to the sport.

It is an honour and privilege that we still have the connection to such a great man through you his son accepting to become a patron of the Friends of the TTRA in 2014 and to keep the Duke's name in our Association.

Our deepest sympathy goes to you and your family.

Donations if desired to
c/o Frances Thorp Secretary
Mountain View
Glen Maye
Isle of Man

If you'd like to contribute to this section, please contact Frances Thorp at [email protected]