Sunshine finally arrived on the Isle of Man and, with it, an evening of timed practice for this year’s TT races. As I headed off to Sarah’s Cottage to shoot some wheels-up action, I saw dark clouds and mist. Wanting nothing to do with another night of low light and bad weather, I turned around and rode toward the top of the mountain for a better view. Indeed, looking toward the west side of The Island, I saw plenty of ugliness. So, I made a beeline across the top of the mountain, past fields of grazing sheep, toward my old friend, Dick Hodge, and his marshal crew at Brandywell.
There, I was greeted by sunshine and the usual cold wind. I crossed the course, jumped a barbed-wire fence and took my position. I was soon smiling from ear to ear; good photos still give me goose bumps. Everything was fine until the sidecars got rolling. Close to the end of their session, radio control reported red flags on the course. After sector-chief Hodge gave me the okay to cross, I rushed back down the mountain to retrieve my laptop before they locked the doors of the media center at 10 p.m. I made it with five minutes to spare. Just another day at the Isle of Man TT.
Kevin Warren is a freelance photographer living in Atlanta, Georgia. To see more of his work, go to his website, http://www.digitalpressimages.com.
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