The Isle of Man Post Office is pleased to present a set of eight stamps to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 37¾ mile Isle of Man TT Course. Providing a then and now look at the Course, we picture the vantage points where fans have gathered in their thousands to witness best in class road racing.
2020 marks 100 years since the creation of the 37 ¾ mile course on the world famous TT circuit. Within this issue of 8 stamps we present a comparative look through the history of the course with 1920’s TT photography presented alongside modern images in order to display the changes to the well-known course as well as the advancements in bike design and innovation.
The ‘then and now’ theme focuses on four iconic corners of the course; Signpost Corner, Cronk-Ny-Mona, Governors Bridge and Glencrutchery Road.
The original course (1907) was the St John’s Short Course, covering a distance of just 15 miles. Although racing on this course was popular, the engineering capabilities at the time limited the motorcycles from venturing further afield and onto a more demanding circuit.
The 1920 race was also the reintroduction of the TT post World War 1. During this period, engineering had progressed rapidly. Subsequently, changes to the circuit layout were made and the 37 ¾ mile course was born; and with it a much more daunting and challenging task. It was in 1920 that the first races took place on the course in its current iteration, the same notorious course that is still raced on to this day.
Through the use of comparative archival and modern imagery, we provide a celebration of the 37 ¾ mile course and an insight into the longevity of the circuit as well as the modernisation of the bikes that compete.