A motorcycle fan is flying the TT flag for the Isle of Man with a bar and rental business in Cyprus named after the races.
Costas Iacovou runs the Isle of Man TT Bike Club and Bar in Paphos on the south west of the island.
The Cypriot man has been a TT and motorbike fan since he was a child and said it was a dream come true to set up a TT-related bar.
Costas set up the bar in Geroskipou village in Paphos in 2013 and also runs a rentals and tours business, hiring vehicles and giving tours of the region, named after the TT.
Costas’s son Dimitris runs the online side of the business and said: ‘The idea was derived by my father as he has been a follower of the legendary races for years.
‘He has been a biker since the 1980s, since he was 10-years-old, and that passion led him to becoming a known specialised engineer of motorcycles.
‘He started working with BSAs and Matchless bikes. He has also helped others enter the engineering profession.
‘After years of running a garage servicing motorcycles for almost for everybody in the town, my father decided to enter the rentals industry so he could share his passion of riding bikes.
‘Of the first bikes he was hiring out were popular 1980s models such as Suzuki DT’s and Honda Kinetic.
‘This was at a time when biking was still at an early stage in our closed city so it was quite innovative.’
Dimitris said that his father initially traded under his own name and the work enabled him to meet lots of visitors from various countries, including the Isle of Man.
Costas came up with the idea of the TT shop and bar after being given a lot of TT memorabilia by visiting Manx people that he met.
Dimitris said: ‘It is a bar for everyone, offering local prices and a welcoming atmosphere.
‘Entering the bar you can see TT memorabilia, from worn out knee pads of TT racers, T-shirts, magazines and a television playing DVDs from the earliest TT up to the modern.
‘If you also come at the time when the races are going on you can watch the related TT programmes which usually show on ITV4.
‘We already have enthusiasts here waiting for TT 2016.’
Dimitris said that his father’s dream is to come to the island to watch the races live.
He said: ‘An unfulfilled dream of my father is to see the races from close up since, with running the business, he hasn’t been able to so far.’
Read more about Costas’s bar on the Isle of Man TT Bike Club and Bar Facebook page.