The decade between 2004 and 2014 was one of the most dramatic eras in the century-old history of the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy, which began with the races in decline, and many observers fearing that they would soon be killed off by a combination of rising costs, political correctness and logistical practicalities. But, just a few years later, the triumphant 2007 celebration of the races’ centenary launched the TT into a whole new era of public and commercial success.
With growing public interest and awareness, road racing became established as a specialist sport in its own right. Media interest soared; a feature length documentary took cinemas by storm worldwide, and a new generation of technocrats hastened to the island to develop zero emissions motorbike racing.
All of these events unfolded under the gaze of Charlie Lambert, appointed TT Anchor Commentator by Manx Radio in 2004. In TT Talking, Charlie tells the story of the TT’s sensational turn of fortune, whilst simultaneously lifting the lid on his role behind the microphone in this story. Revealing the pressures, the controversies, the laughs and the sadness that go with being at the heart of the world’s most famous – and controversial – road races.
Inside stories from the TT paddock
Characters and quirks of the most famous motorbike races
Behind the scenes at Radio TT
Foreword by the TT’s fastest rider, John McGuinness
Personal view of the TT by the man with the microphone, Charlie Lambert
Crises, cock-ups, controversies … and worse!
Two-wheel aces McGuinness, Hutchinson, Donald, Anstey, Martin, Dunlop, Cummins, Farquhar
Sidecar stars Molyneux, Crowe, Klaffenbock, Sayle, Holden
Intelligent discussion of the most controversial motor sport event