Seven-time TT winner Mick Grant opened the Leece Musuem’s new exhibition of TT and Manx Grand Prix winning bikes.
The museum, on Peel’s East Quay, has been displaying the bikes since May 29 but it was officially opened on Sunday.
Also included are vintage on and off road bikes with memorabilia, trophies and photos. Admission to the museum is free.
Curator of the museum Roy Baker said that there have been record numbers of visitors through the doors.
‘We have had 1,300 visitors to the museum so far since May 29 and we weren’t open on the Monday,’ said Roy.
‘That compares with around 750 for the same period last year.’
Included in the exhibition are: a Honda RS125 1997 ridden by Matt Jackson which competed in six TT races, having three top 10 finishes; a Triumph Trident 750c 1971 which has been riden on parade laps by Bruce Anstey, Mick Grant, Tom Dickie and owner ‘Wobbly’ Bob Taylor; a Kawasaki Air 250cc 1966, a two-cylinder two-stroke machine brought back from New Zealand in 2009 when it was restored at the Collins and Russell workshop; and a 1935 Velocette MOV 250cc which was one of the first motorcycles to have a four speed foot change gear box. The Velocette also had enclosed valve springs which for this period was very unusual for an overhead valve engine.
Also in the exhibition is a 1929 Rudge Whitworth 500cc which took part in the TT re-enactment in 2007 to commemorate the event’s centenary.
Rudge motorcycles were produced from 1911 to 1946. The firm was known for its innovations in engine and transmission design, and its racing successes. Their sales motto was ‘Rudge it, do not trudge it’.
The museum also has a tribute to Billy Redmayne, the Laxey rider who was tragically killed after a crash at the Oliver’s Mount Course in Scarborough on April 17.
For more information contact Roy Baker on 845366 or 483744 or ‘Wobbly’ Bob Racing on 07785 905599, or email email@example.com or visit the Leece Museum website at www.peelonline.net/leece-museum