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Racing Lines exhibition opens at Manx Museum

Sunday 03 June 2018
BMW Renngespann RS54 sidecar outfit – This outfit, ridden by Georg Auerbacher with passenger Hermann Hahn, won the 1971 750cc sidecar TT.  Auerbacher also completed on it in 1972, when he crashed and was injured.

In 2020, Manx National Heritage plans to open a new permanent gallery honouring the history of the world’s most historic motorsport event – the Isle of Man TT.

Now, in advance of the new gallery, Manx National Heritage has opened ‘Racing Lines’, a special exhibition at the Manx Museum in Douglas. It offers the opportunity to discover a selection of interesting items acquired for the upcoming gallery, including the memorial urn for Karl Gall, leathers worn by David Jefferies when he shattered the 125mph barrier in 2000, and the champagne bottle with which John McGuiness toasted victory in 2007.

The exhibition was put together by Matthew Richardson, Social History Curator at Manx National Heritage, who said:

“Manx National Heritage has been collecting fabulous TT artefacts for over 20 years now, including leathers, helmets, fan memorabilia and historic machines.

We want to give people a sneak preview of the sort of things that they will see in the new gallery, but our work is not yet complete. We would also like the public’s help in sourcing additional TT, MGP and motorcycle related objects, stories and memorabilia. We’d be very interested to hear from anyone who can help”.

In return for feedback, Manx National Heritage is offering the opportunity to win a return trip to TT 2019 with the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company for two motorcycles and two riders. Feedback and competition entry forms are available from the Manx Museum and TT Grandstand.

Racing Lines is a free exhibition and runs from 26 May until 8 September at the Manx Museum in Douglas. Donations welcome. For more information, visit the Manx Museum or follow @RacingLines18 on Twitter.

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