“The TT film which started it all…..while the video was essential viewing for anyone into bike racing back in the eighties, it’s still as riveting and viewable 30 years later” Streetfighters
In 1980, producer David Wood created an exceptional film capturing the unique atmosphere of the Isle of Man TT – this was the film which would launch Duke Video, the world-leading motorsport film publisher.
To mark the 30th anniversary of The Island, Duke is delighted to release this groundbreaking documentary on DVD for the very first time.
The Island is not only an action-packed look at the 1980 TT racing; it is a fascinating snapshot of the excitement, entertainment and enthusiasm which sustained this festival of speed. We witness the Grand National Motocross event, with Andy Roberton leading the way, the extraordinary Arena Trial, featuring stars like Martin Lampkin, and multiple Speedway World Champion Ivan Mauger in grass track action. Then there’s time to meet the fans and sample the other off-track entertainment enjoyed in 1980!
There is also plenty of intense race action from around the Mountain Course to enjoy, as TT greats like Charlie Williams, Mick Grant, Ron Haslam, Mick Boddice and Joey Dunlop do battle. Highlights include the Senior, Junior, Formula Two, Formula Three, Sidecar and Classic TT races. The Island also remembers the days of early morning practice, shows legends Mike Hailwood and Stanley Woods setting off for a parade lap and Williams offering a guided tour of the iconic 37¾-mile circuit.
The Island truly captures the incredible atmosphere of the 1980 TT and, as Motorcycle News said when the film was first released, it is one “not to be missed”.
Featuring a newly-filmed introduction from Duke Video Managing Director Peter Duke
“The TT film which started it all. 1980 was when the first film devoted to a single year’s TT was recorded. The Island was the film that not only covered all of the action from that year’s Tourist Trophy races, as well as various other events incorporated into the TT festival (like the arena trial, Grand National motocross and grass track), but also started Duke Marketing’s video business, which is now the world leader in motorsport videos and DVDs. While the video was essential viewing for anyone into bike racing back in the eighties, it’s still as riveting and viewable 30 years later. With historic names such as Charlie Williams, Ron Haslam, Joey Dunlop and Mick Grant taking part, and the Senior, Junior, Formula Two, Formula Three, Sidecar and Classic TT races all covered, it would seem almost compulsory to be sending your £17.99 to Duke Marketing” Streetfighters
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