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The John McGuinness Collection on Display at the Isle of Man

The Nobles Park in the Isle of Man is the host of a much-anticipated exhibition comprising no less than 12 motorbikes grouped in the John McGuinness Collection. This spectacular display of two-wheelers is even more thrilling, as eight of them have been ridden to victory at the Mountain Course by the Morecambe Missile.
John McGuinness exhibits his collection of winning bikes 8 photos
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This exhibition celebrates the 20th year of John's incredible journey in the Tourist Trophy and his road to becoming the second most successful rider ever to have raced in the Isle of Man, after Irishman Joey Dunlop.

With 23 TT victories to his name, John "Mr. Pint" McGuinness made his debut in the Isle of Man back in 1999, and his first win arrived three years later, in the 250cc race. The bikes John rode in 2000 to the first hat-trick, the IFS R1 Yamaha, the IFS R6 Yamaha and RLR400 Honda are present, too.

Needless to say, the main attraction of the collection is the Honda Fireblade that lapped over 130 mph (209 km/h) around the Snaefell Mountain in 2007. The electric 2014 Shinden 3 Mugen will also be on display, together with the bike that brought John McGuinness' his 23rd victory last year and a new outright lap record of 132.701 mph (213.5 km/h).

Having the display is something I’ve been thinking of for a while, and it was a conversation with Mark Sears of Dunlop earlier this year that kick-started everything. Sadly, Mark lost his life in an accident a couple of months ago, but we’ve seen the project through as I wanted to give something back to all the TT fans and share my 20-year journey with them.

What’s nice about the collection is there’s a real variety in there including two-strokes, four-strokes, singles, 400s, Superbikes and electric bikes and each and every one of them has a story to tell. I can still remember my first practice lap of the course and it was wet, cold, foggy and sunny and I’m still tearing round the place today. The TT means so much to me, and it’s been an incredible journey so far, a journey that the fans have all been part of so come down and have a look
," John McGuinness, 44, adds.Honda RC213V-S laps at 204 km/h
Yesterday we told you that Bruce Anstey will take the Valvoline Padgett's Honda RC213V-S to this year's Isle of Man TT, and it looks like the New Zealand rider is already enjoying this machine quite a bit.

Anstey reached a top speed of 311 km/h (193.3 mph) and put in a 204 km/h (126.8 mph) lap, which is good for a top five qualifying in the Superbike class. He admitted that the bike handled surprisingly well, and the lighter build makes everything as easy as riding a 600cc Supersport, yet with all the grunt specific to the liter-class machines.

Races start Saturday, June 4th; until then, we're in for qualifying and practice sessions.

 
 
 
 
 

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