The Isle of Man TT is an anachronism; one of the truly great motorsport events that, somehow, still exists in a world where corporatisation and sanitisation could take away the essence of what makes the TT so greatâ€”its breakneck speeds and inherent danger.
Now showing in cinemas across the country is the documentary TT3D: Closer to the edge. The film focuses on a handful of key riders who competed in the 2010 Isle of Man TT. The main character is Guy Martin; the quintessential ‘loveable larrikin’. His apparent carefree attitude gives him a charisma most can only dream of. This is a man who has foregone the shackles of mortgage in favour of an Aston Martin V12 Vantage, after all.
Yet, true to character, Guy is a competitor who, at 28, has promised much, but delivered little. He’s collected a few podiums at TT races, but is yet to crack a victory. Can he achieve his first win? Can he survive the dangers of the world renowned 60km road circuit?
You’ll have to watch the film to find out, of course. When you do you’ll see that filmmaker Richard de Aragues does not shy away from the dark side of the TT.
In 2010 two riders lost their lives, including New Zealand rider Richard Dobbs. Closer to the edge interviews Dobbs’ widow, Bridget, and in doing so captures this solemn aspect of road racing with respect and honesty.
We highly recommend you catch the film while you can. After the break you can see the official trailer, along with a short interview with Guy Martin filmed after the UK release in April.