Considered one of the most dramatic TT races of all time, the 1967 TT saw Mike Hailwood duel with Giacomo Agostini. We mark this historic encounter with our truly-collectable stamped print, signed and numbered by racing legend John McGuinness.In a limited edition of 500, the print features fabulous archive images of the race and riders and includes two stamps from our ‘Greatest Race’ collection. The stamps are hand-cancelled with the TT Grandstand postmark for the 24th August marking the day of the Classic TT2013 Re-enactment Parade, recreating the excitement of the famous battle, with John McGuinness riding Mike’s Honda RC181 and Agostini riding his own 1967 Senior-race MV Agusta 500.Our full-colour print incorporates a full text by motorsport journalist and photographer on the reverse and comes in a colourful MGP card wrapover – but is also ideal for framing!The race truly deserves the name ‘classic’ – Agostini broke Hailwood’s lap record on the first lap at a speed of 108.38 mph. Hailwood responded with a second lap at 108.77 mph. At the half way pit stop, Hailwood had cut Agostini’s lead to a couple of seconds and by the fifth lap, the riders appeared to be in a dead heat. The closest of finishes appeared to be on the cards until disaster struck Agostini when his chain broke at Windy Corner. Hailwood went on to win at a record 105.62 mph.
A great race and a great collectable for all motorcycle fans…
This issue is available at http://www.iomstamps.com from 24th August with FREE WORLDWIDE DELIVERY. Spend £15 on any of our IOM Stamps & Coins Special Motorcycling products to claim a free TT Tarmac (a great novelty). Simply write ‘FREE TARMAC’ in the comments box at the Checkout at http://www.iomstamps.com to receive your FREE gift.
The coin was launched at Postal Headquarters with a visit from David Knight and his Enduro motorcycle. The legal tender 50p coin is presented in a fantastic special pack featuring a genuine piece of ‘knobbly’ tyre supplied to Isle of Man Post Office by David himself – both items are safely encapsulated in a clear vacuum.
David, who was born and bred in the Isle of Man, has been World Enduro Champion four times and the coin shows him on his Enduro Motorcycle. The main objective of the sport is to arrive at different check points at a designated time over courses that are, typically, over thick wooded terrain including large obstacles such as logs, ditches and perilous sudden drops – to be World Champion requires instinctive bike handling skills, courage and years of dedication.
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Commenting on the coin David Knight said: “I feel very proud to be on a Manx coin and have my motorcycle achievements recognised, it’s a big honour. I will be carrying a few of these coins in my pocket to the rounds next year in the hope they will bring me some luck!
The collectable coin pack contains the story of David’s career to date along with images of the motorcycling star. It is priced just £15 and will make a perfect present for any sporting fan this Christmas. You can buy it online at www.iomstamps.com or visit Regent Street Post Shop, Douglas.
Just 750 unique pieces of tarmac taken from the Creg Ny Baa bend and Glencrutchery Straight will be on sale at Isle of Man Stamps & Coins’ Post Shop, which will be situated at the back of the Grandstand throughout TT fortnight. Last year, pieces of tarmac from Ballaugh Bridge were available and sold like hot tar. Fans were keen to take a small piece of the most famous motorsport course in the world home with them as a lasting souvenir of their visit.
This year Isle of Man Stamps & Coins has enlisted the help of members of the Department of Social Care’s Eastcliffe Resource Centre to help make and package the product ready to sell.
Pascale Despringre, Senior Day Support Worker for the Centre said: “The workshop, part of Day Services Social Firm, has been putting together the TT tarmac souvenir. The team of adults with learning disabilities have learnt to break down the large pieces of tarmac into small pieces and put the packaging together. They have achieved a high standard of work and have met the orders promptly. Everyone has been involved in the various stages of the process and has enjoyed the work.”
Maxine Cannon, Sales & Marketing Manager, Isle of Man Stamps & Coins said: “We have been very impressed by the diligence of the team who have prepared our products. The joint co-operation between our two businesses has shown what can be achieved by simply asking the question “is this something you can do?”
The tarmac souvenir will be available to buy at the Post Shop priced £4.50, in addition biking enthuiasts and visitors alike will also be able to buy a wide range of TT merchandise and Isle of Man souvenirs. The TT Post Shop at the Grandstand is open from 9am everyday until June 9.