Well, it’s finally here: the last night of practice for the 2013 Isle of Man TT. If you’ve been following this blog, you know we’ve experienced rain, sun, wind—all at the wrong times for racing—and, tonight, a fire. I’m not a religious man, so I can only assume that if you’re reading this, the sun has once again risen wherever you are.
Just as practice was about to begin this evening, while everyone was waiting for the call of “bike on course,” race control announced that, due to a house fire in the village of Kirk Michael, the roads were closed to allow emergency-vehicle access to the residence. What?! After clouds and rain on the mountain this afternoon, the skies were finally clear, and I was certain that I’d get a chance to shoot bikes racing past ivy-covered stone walls. By the time practice actually started, however, the sun has already dropped, leaving nothing but shadows.
As a result, the Superbike race has been pushed back to Sunday, giving the racers competing in that class more practice and bike-setup time. Tomorrow, I plan to jump on my borrowed Honda Varadero to shoot a variety of bikes-on-course images from different locations around The Island. Fingers crossed for good weather and no more fires!
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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