A Classic Encounter…

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A Classic Encounter...

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.

Michael Dunlop

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Michael Dunlop and Geoff Corkish

TT winner Michael Dunlop chats with Isle of Man Post Office Chairman Geoff Corkish MBE MLC during the launch of our limited edition Michael Dunlop ‘Ramsey Hairpin’ TT tarmac, a genuine piece of tarmac from the TT course

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Post Office celebrations receive stamp of approval from McGuiness and Dunlop

Isle of Man TT legend John McGuinness and Isle of Man Post Office Chairman Geoff Corkish MBE MLC

Isle of Man TT legend John McGuinness and Isle of Man Post Office Chairman Geoff Corkish MBE MLC

The racers who have dominated the opening of the 2013 Isle of Man TT have given their stamp of approval to two special products from the Isle of Man Post Office commemorating their incredible performances.

Honda TT Legends racers John McGuinness and Michael Dunlop met Isle of Man Post Office Chairman Geoff Corkish MBE MLC and Isle of Man Stamps and Coins General Manager Maxine Cannon at the TT Grandstand on Tuesday during a break from racing to have their first glimpse of the new products.

One is a portrait print measuring 210mm x 260mm which celebrates the outright lap record set by John on the final lap of Sunday’s Dainese Superbike race. Although he missed out on the win, John took some consolation from increasing the record to 131.671mph. The print features a photo of John in the race by Stephen Davison, with the Joey Dunlop tribute helmet, leathers and livery, a stamp from the 2009 Honda 50 years at the Isle of Man TT collection and a TT Grandstand postmark of June 2nd, 2013, the date of the race. Commentary on the reverse of the print is provided by motorsport journalist Kyle White.

The second product is a genuine piece of tarmac taken from the Mountain Course at the Ramsey Hairpin accompanied by a photo of Michael Dunlop on his way to a dominant victory in Sunday’s Superbike race. It was his first ‘big bike’ TT win and the start of an amazing TT which continued on Monday with wins in both the Supersport and Superstock races. Just 750 pieces will be available.

John said: “During the Superbike race I made a mistake in the pit stop, that was my fault, so the absolute lap record was a bit of a consolation. But I’m proud to have done it, especially in the Joey Dunlop colours, and I would have been really disappointed if I’d got nothing out of it.

“When you win, your name goes on the trophy and that can never be taken away. Lap records aren’t the same, because someone else could take them away. I’ve held the outright lap record here for many years, and while it’s the wins I’m after, I’m always proud to be the fastest and I’m delighted the Post Office has commemorated my lap on Sunday liken this, so it has gone down in history.”

Mr Corkish presented two pieces of Michael Dunlop Ramsey Hairpin tarmac at the Grandstand; piece number 1 to Honda and piece number 6 to Michael, recognising the race number he carried in the Superbike race.

Michael said: “Everything has been going good, the results have been coming and everyone has been really good to me. It’s always nice to be recognised for what you are doing out there, so I’m really pleased my Superbike win has been marked like this.”

Mr Corkish said: “The TT is a major part of Island life and is growing every year, you just have to look at the thousands of fans who are here and the many more thousands of fans following the action from around the world.

“Sunday’s Superbike race was filled with drama, and after watching Michael storm to victory and John smash the lap record in the way he did, we felt we simply had to commemorate the incredible performances of both. I’m delighted John and Michael were able to find time today in what must a truly hectic schedule to join us in launching these two important new products, which I know TT fans and collectors all over the globe will want.”

The Michael Dunlop “Ramsey Hairpin” tarmac, costing £4.50 (limited edition of 750) and John McGuinness print, costing £12.50, can both be purchased from the Regent Street Post Shop in Douglas, Joey Dunlop Foundation stand behind the TT Grandstand or online at http://www.iomstamps.com.

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TT Tarmac

 Eastcliffe Resource Centre

TT fans will have the very rare opportunity to buy a limited edition piece of the TT course this year thanks to Isle of Man Stamps & Coins and the Eastcliffe Resource Centre.

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.

Round The Bend

 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?”

John Mcguiness Tarmac

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.