One of the most recognisable symbols of the TT races will be making a visit to Ascot this week to take part in a rare exhibition.
The famous Senior TT trophy will form part of a prestigious display - which takes place for one night only on October 18 - and will see some of the world’s most famous sporting trophies of all time collected together in one location.
The trophy bears the names of all the past Senior TT winners, including the first, Charlie Collier who won the first race in 1907 and current champion John McGuinness who has 20 TT wins to his name so far, including six Senior TTs.
Each winner has a plaque on the base commemorating their achievement. In addition to Charlie Collier and John McGuinness, other famous names on the trophy include Geoff Duke, John Surtees, Mike Hailwood, Stanley Woods, Joey Dunlop and Giacomo Agostini.
The Senior Trophy was based on the Montague Trophy, awarded to the winner of the TT car races, which pre-dated the motorcycle TT,
Weighing around 120lb, it features a silver representation of Mercury, the Winged God of the Messengers, standing on top of a winged wheel. The effigy is mounted on a tiered plinth featuring engraved shields detailing the winner of every Senior race from the past 106 years.
Although insured for at least £1.5m, it is a priceless, unique part of the TT’s heritage. It is kept in the Isle of Man, under tight security provided by G4S and will travel to Ascot with G4S’s divisional manager for security services, Lloyd Mister.
The exhibition, which will take place at Ascot on QIPCO British Champions Day on 19th October, will also feature The FA Cup, The Ashes Urn, the Rugby League Challenge Cup and the Calcutta Cup.