Feature: Why the Isle of Man TT is the world's greatest race

The island is a petrolhead’s haven all fortnight, with the seaside resort of Douglas handed over to stunt shows, beer tents and fairgrounds, all surrounded by hundreds of priceless classics and superbikes parked up without a thought to their security. You could leave the keys in and they’d never move, such is the community atmosphere on the Isle of Man.

You could argue the risk involved is beyond unfashionable, but sanitise the TT’s dangers and you’d lose its scarcely fathomable thrills, for racers and spectators alike. There’s a heroism here that’s unmatched anywhere, and it’s perhaps because of – not despite – its outrageous danger that, 111 years on, it remains the world’s most fascinating race. The world’s greatest race.