Legends give it gas

Carl Fogarty and James Whitham's biking chat show is coming to the Gaiety in May 2013

Carl Fogarty and James Whitham's biking chat show is coming to the Gaiety in May 2013

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TWO legends of motorbike racing will bring their chat show style tour to the Gaiety Theatre next year, in time for the TT 2013 festival.

Carl Fogarty, winner of four World Superbike Championships, will visit with friend, TV pundit and former British Champion James Whitham for their Givin’ it Torque show on May 31.

Scheduled to maximise advantage of the motor-cycle fraternity that will be on island for the races, as well as the resident petrol heads, Foggy and Whit: Givin’ It Torque, is a live and uncut, read opinionated and hilarious, stage version of their popular and irreverent UK chat show.

With their own unique brand of verbal sparring, Carl and James provide insight into today’s world of racing, recall former glories and disasters, and discuss the burning issues of the day – on and off-track.

It follows the pair’s appearance in the island as part of their 2011 Givin’ It Gas tour, at the TT Grandstand’s VIP Club in August.

The show is sponsored by The Sefton Hotel and organised by the Isle of Man Sporting and Dining Club as part of their ‘An Evening With...’ series, which began in 2011 with Michael Portillo and has continued this year with Julian Lloyd Webber, Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Tony Benn, who takes the Gaiety stage on November 21.

No strangers to the island, Carl Fogarty’s TT exploits began in the mid-1980s.

He was the winner of the 1985 Lightweight Newcomers Manx Grand Prix and went on to win three TT races, the first was the 1989 Production 750 Race and he collected the 1990 Formula One and Senior trophies.

He famously had an epic battle with Steve Hislop in 1992, thrilling the crowds in a Yamaha/Norton duel to the finish.

Although Hislop won by four seconds Fogarty, on his Yamaha, wasn’t hanging around - he set a new outright record at 123.61 mph on the last, nail-biting lap, and the record stood for seven years until 1999.

James Whitham also has high-speed experience of the Manx roads, having competed in the Manx Grand Prix in 1985, and the TT from 1986 to 1989, with three top six results.

The pair also appeared on Greenlight Television’s ITV 4 programme Superbikes! When Britain Ruled the World in July, recalling their time racing at the TT, as well as their Manx Grand Prix experiences and careers in short circuit superbike racing.

Speaking about the show, Carl said: ‘I’ve got loads of happy memories of the Isle of Man, both on and off the track, and I’m really looking forward to coming back to the island - where it all really began for me. There’s always a good bit of banter between us but it’s also an opportunity for fans to say hello and ask their questions.’

James added: ‘I have known Carl for many years and this is a good opportunity for a lot of individuals, who don’t really know what he is like in private, to see the real Foggy. He is a lot more relaxed these days and the chat shows we have done previously have been a right good laugh.’

He added: ‘Anyone who follows us on Twitter knows that we like a bit of banter and the chat show format works really well.’

Tickets, starting at £15, go on sale from tomorrow (Friday), available at the Villa Marina reception, the Sea Terminal Welcome Centre, online at www.villagaiety.com or from the box office on 600555.

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