When we dream about riding in the Isle of Man TT, we imagine all the close calls we might have under braking or while going absolutely flat out in the open. What we have until now neglected to imagine is the danger of other riders on the course.
The TT course has claimed 237 lives in its 100-year history, and with such narrow roads, so many corners, and such high speeds it’s not hard to see why. You might consider Brian Purdy—who crashed here during a practice session for the Manx Grand Prix on the same 37-mile Snaefell Mountain Course the TT uses—lucky. Amazingly, he suffered only a broken arm and a few other injuries.
We are onboard with Mick Jordan in the video. In it, he charges blindly through the fireball and then avoids Purdy, who is spinning along the roadway afterwards. Some online commenters have suggested that Jordan should have stopped to help, but we’d expect that trained marshals would be there to help. Even so, if we saw such a massive wreck, we’d probably pull over to check on the fallen rider.