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Classic TT: Where past meets present

Triumph’s racing icons at the Isle of Man

Race fans flocking to this year’s Classic TT are in for a hat-trick of historical treats at Triumph’s paddock display.

The oldest bike in the display sees a return to the Isle of Man of the 1946 Prototype T100GP that Ernie Lyons raced to victory in the 1946 Senior Manx Grand Prix.

There’s plenty for modern-day racing aficionados too, with the new 2019 Moto 2 prototype Triumph is providing to the Championship as exclusive engine supplier also on show.

Triumph collector Dick Shepherd has taken a carefully picked selection of his legendary bikes to the free-to-view Festival of Motorcycling display from 17 until 30 August. The pop-up museum will showcase Triumph’s history with more than 70 years separating prototype bikes between 1946 and 2019.

Star of the show is the Buddy Elmore prototype Tiger he raced to victory from 46th on the grid at Daytona in 1966 in the most famous race of all time… a victory that gave the bike that followed its name.

Another racing icon on show is Percy Tait’s Triumph that came within an ace of victory the following year in the Production 500 TT.

Fast forward more than half a century and riders around the Island will see motorcycle presenter Steve Parrish take the Moto 2 bike around the Mountain Course in the Classic Racer Lap of Honour on 30 August in a reprise of his 2017 ride on an 1947 Grand Prix Triumph and new Thruxton R (main picture).

Dick, many of whose bikes are also on display at the Triumph Factory Visitor Experience, said: “It’s always quite awe inspiring to see Triumph’s rich history before your eyes.

“This is a company that has always had a rich pedigree in motorcycle racing and the new engine in the Moto2 bikes shows they’re not about to stop any time soon.”

Can’t get to the Isle of Man? The Factory Experience features bikes from history as well as ‘stars’ of the movies such as the Bonneville from the latest Jurassic World film ridden by Chris Pratt and the Triumph TR6 ‘Desert Sled’ ridden by Steve McQueen in the Great Escape.