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TTRA LogoThe T.T. Riders Association (TTRA) website offers information and articles on the Isle of Man Tourist trophy riders association. The Friends of the TTRA is a great way to help support the TTRA for those who enjoy the TT, but have never ridden in a race.

The T.T. Riders Association is the only Isle of Man registered charity in motorcycle racing for motorcycle racers. If you start a T.T. race you can join for £35 - for life subscription (resignation not allowed!)
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TTRA correction

Handing over ceremony for new TT Riders Association president will be Wednesday 28 November, not November 21 as mentioned in Classic Racer magazine.

The September/October issue of Classic Racer, issue 157, carried a story on the new TT Riders Association (TTRA) president, Nigel Rollason. Nigel had previously won the Senior Manx Grand Prix on a Yamaha solo and a Sidecar TT aboard a Barton Pheonix engined outfit and has been elected president of the TTRA for 2013.
Nigel will formally take over the role at the TTRA luncheon on Wednesday November 28 NOT November 21 as mentioned in the magazine.
The luncheon will be held at the National Motor Museum where current president, Mick Chatterton, hands him the chain of office. For tickets or more information please contact Frances Thorp on 001624 843695 or email

TTRA Bulletin 68 - April 2012
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Mick Chatterton has taken over the 2012 presidency of the TTRA

Tom Thorp -1930 - 2011

Tom ThorpWhen I first met Tom Thorp, long before I was the editor of this magazine, I was keen to find out more about the man and his road racing past. Anyone who was lucky enough to meet Tom will know that the last thing he wanted to talk about was Tom Thorp. Modest doesn’t even come close.

Several years later, and after much gentle persuasion, Tom finally agreed to an interview for a feature I was writing for our sister title The Classic MotorCycle. Five hours later, in the lovely Isle of Man home that Tom shared with his charming wife Frances, I had enough notes to write a book never mind a feature! And I suspect we had only just scratched the surface.

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John KidsonJohn Kidson has taken over the 2011 presidency of the TTRA.

We are pleased to announce John Kidson has been appointed TTRA president, taking over from Phillip McCallen .
This classic image is taken from the 1964 TT, as John corners Ramsey hairpin on a 250cc Moto Guzzi.

TTRA Bulletin 65 - September 2010
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Philip McCallenIrish road racing star Phillip McCallen received his chain of office from outgoing TTRA President Neil Tuxworth, in front of almost 500 guests, at the recent TTRA Luncheon at the National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham. Friends of the TTRA Chairman, David Mylcreest, presented a cheque for £5000 raised during the year, and a lively auction, conducted by Alex Barber from Bonhams, raised close to £4000.

Mortons Media Group, publishers of Classic Racer, handed over £750, half of the money raised from the Press Trial, with the other half going to the Lincolnshire Air Ambulance.

• Keith Heckles

Keith HecklesThe TTRA Committee and Members are sorry to learn of the passing of Keith Heckles on Saturday 23rd January 2010.

A true gentleman and sportsman who will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Our thoughts are with his family. Frances Thorp. Secretary TT Riders Association
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• TT Challenge - comic strip

We've recently heard from Dermot in Canada who writes:

"I have long been interested in Vintage motorcycle Racing....especially the early Isle of Man TT.
I recently put together a short story to honor Stanley Woods' efforts in 1922 / you can see it here :
It's the least I could manage......although I wish I had the time to do it more justice.....a longer format / I did it on spec but a graphic novel publisher has promised to buy it and feature it in an upcoming the youth of today will continue to learn from his example! I hope some of Stanleys friends like Joe Wood and Dave Crawford have a chance to see it
Thanks ! Dermot ( in Canada )"

Friends of the T.T.R.A.

The purpose of the “Friends “ is for guests/sponsors etc to be able to join and assist in bringing in funds which in turn contributes to the TTRA to carry out its function as the “Charity that takes care of the Present and Past Riders.

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