Waterworks, Isle of Man

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Waterworks

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The two closely-connected bends at Waterworks with their differing radii, showing the correct, optimal motorcycle racing-line through the section
Location Just before the 25th Milestone road marker on the Snaefell Mountain Road designated A18
Coordinates 54°18′47″N4°22′35″W / 54.31306°N 4.37639°W / 54.31306; -4.37639 Coordinates: 54°18′47″N4°22′35″W / 54.31306°N 4.37639°W / 54.31306; -4.37639
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Location of Waterworks in Isle of Man

Waterworks, Isle of Man, sometimes known as Waterworks Corner, [1] is a point on the Snaefell Mountain Course used for the Isle of Man TT races on the Snaefell Mountain Road, designated as A18, in the parish of Maughold in the Isle of Man.

Isle of Man TT Motorcycle race held in the Isle of Man, a self-governing, autonomous entity within the British Isles

The Isle of Man TT or Tourist Trophy races are an annual motorcycle sport event run on the Isle of Man in May/June of most years since its inaugural race in 1907, and is often called one of the most dangerous racing events in the world.

Snaefell mountain road road in the Isle of Man

The A18 Snaefell Mountain Road or Mountain Road is a primary main A-road of 13.35 miles (21.48 km) in length which connects the towns of Douglas and Ramsey in the Isle of Man.

Maughold (parish)

Maughold is one of the seventeen parishes of the Isle of Man.

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Following soon after Ramsey Hairpin, it is sequence of two right-hand bends in the direction taken by race competitors, situated at an elevation of 380 feet (116 metres) above sea level after the climb out of Ramsey town, and slightly before the 25th Milestone road-side marker on the 37+ mile circuitous-course, measured from the startline at the TT Grandstand. After Waterworks, the climb continues to Tower Bends and the Gooseneck. [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10]

Ramsey Hairpin

Ramsey Hairpin is a point on the Snaefell Mountain Course used for the Isle of Man TT races on the Snaefell Mountain Road, designated as A18, in the parish of Maughold in the Isle of Man.

Sea level Average level for the surface of the ocean at any given geographical position on the planetary surface

Mean sea level (MSL) is an average level of the surface of one or more of Earth's oceans from which heights such as elevation may be measured. MSL is a type of vertical datum – a standardised geodetic datum – that is used, for example, as a chart datum in cartography and marine navigation, or, in aviation, as the standard sea level at which atmospheric pressure is measured to calibrate altitude and, consequently, aircraft flight levels. A common and relatively straightforward mean sea-level standard is the midpoint between a mean low and mean high tide at a particular location.

Ramsey, Isle of Man town on the Isle of Man

Ramsey is a coastal town in the north of the Isle of Man. It is the second largest town on the island after Douglas. Its population is 7,309 according to the 2006 census. It has one of the biggest harbours on the island, and has a prominent derelict pier, called the Queen's Pier. It was formerly one of the main points of communication with Scotland. Ramsey has also been a route for several invasions by Vikings and Scots.

The corners at Waterworks were part of the Highland Course and the Four Inch Course used for the Gordon Bennett Trial and Tourist Trophy car races held in the Isle of Man between 1904 and 1922. Waterworks is part of the Snaefell Mountain Course used since 1911 for the TT and 1923 for the Manx Grand Prix races. For the 1939 TT races, road widening and landscaping occurred at the Waterworks area by the Isle of Man Highway Board. [11]

The Four Inch Course was a road-racing circuit first used for the 1908 Tourist Trophy Race for cars, held on public roads closed for racing by an Act of Tynwald. The name of the course derives from the regulations for the 1908 Tourist Trophy adopted by the Royal Automobile Club, which limited the competitors' engines to a cylinder-diameter of four inches. The Four-Inch Course was adopted by the Auto-Cycle Club for the 1911 Isle of Man TT Races. The Four-Inch Course was subsequently known as the Snaefell Mountain Course or Mountain Course when used for motor-cycle racing.

RAC Tourist Trophy

The International Tourist Trophy is an award given by the Royal Automobile Club (RAC) and awarded semi-annually to the winners of a selected motor racing event each year in the United Kingdom. It was first awarded in 1905 and continues to be awarded to this day, making it the longest lasting continually-awarded trophy in motorsports. Tourist Trophy events have been part of major national and international racing series, including the World Sportscar Championship, World Touring Car Championship, European Touring Car Championship, FIA GT Championship, and British Touring Car Championship. It has been awarded to races within a championship, and as a standalone event on various occasions. From 2013, It was announced that the Tourist Trophy would be awarded as part of the 6 Hours of Silverstone in the FIA World Endurance Championship, the first time it has been awarded as part of a sportscar world championship since 1964.

Manx Grand Prix

The Manx Grand Prix motorcycle races are held on the Isle of Man TT Course every year for a two-week period, usually spanning the end of August and early September.

Name origin

The name Waterworks derives from the nearby Ballure Reservoir, situated high in the hills, built by the Ramsey Water Works Company, established by an Act of Tynwald in 1859, to supply drinking water to the town of Ramsey. In 1881 the reservoir was extended with a dam further upstream to hold 18 million gallons, completed in 1884. In 1948 the Ramsey Water Company was replaced by the Isle of Man Water Board which became the Isle of Man Water Authority in 1972.[ citation needed ] [12] [ better source needed ]

Ballure, Isle of Man

Ballure is a small hamlet about 0.75 mile southeast of Ramsey on the Isle of Man. A stop on the Manx Electric Railway which runs through it is the Ballure Halt station. The latter lies just to the south of the boundary of Ramsey, and thus lies in the ward of Maughold within the current administrative parish of Garff.

Tynwald legislature of the Isle of Man

Tynwald, or more formally, the High Court of Tynwald or Tynwald Court, is the legislature of the Isle of Man. It claims to be the oldest continuous parliamentary body in the world. It consists of two chambers, known as the branches of Tynwald: the directly elected House of Keys and the indirectly chosen Legislative Council. When the two chambers meet together once a month, they become Tynwald Court.


Sources

  1. Isle of Man TT by Charles Deane, p.42 1975, Patrick Stephens Limited, Cambridge, ISBN   0-85059-172-4 Accessed 22 December 2015
  2. Motor Cycle, 10 September 1964. 'Lightweight Manx Grand Prix report'. p.531 [image caption]: "...the winner Gordon Keith heeling his Greeves Silverstone Mark 2 round the second of the two Waterworks bends". Accessed 29 July 2015
  3. TT Racing, by Ray Knight, p.53. "...the first view of the double right hand cornered Waterworks section looks tight and the steep drop over the bank is detuning,...". 1974 Speedsport Motobooks, Brentford, England. ISBN   0-85113-078-X Accessed 22 December 2015
  4. TT Racing, by Ray Knight p.53. "If you got through the first bend in third then you will certainly change down for the next as it is a tight one". 1974, Speedsport Motobooks, Brentford, England. ISBN   0-85113-078-X Accessed 22 December 2015
  5. TT Racing, by Ray Knight p.53. "If you got through the first bend in third then you will certainly change down for the next as it is a tight one". 1974, Speedsport Motobooks, Brentford, England. ISBN   0-85113-078-X Accessed 22 December 2015
  6. TT Racing, by Ray Knight p.55. "The Marshall's post [sic] on the second right is the only place at the same level as the road, due to the drop down the hill over the wall." 1974, Speedsport Motobooks, Brentford, England. ISBN   0-85113-078-X Accessed 22 December 2015
  7. The TT Mountain Course (second edition), by Fred Hanks p.29 Waterworks Section. "Tight right. Even tighter right again." 1975, A TT Special publication. Accessed 22 December 2015
  8. Lucas map of the T.T. course, 1973. Accessed 22 December 2015
  9. The Lucas contour map of the T.T. circuit, 1973. Accessed 22 December 2015
  10. Isle of Man TT by Charles Deane, p.38 Mountain Circuit map. 1975, Patrick Stephens Limited, Cambridge, ISBN   0-85059-172-4 Accessed 22 December 2015
  11. Isle of Man Weekly Times page 1 dated 13 May 1939
  12. Ballure Reservoir, IoM guide. Retrieved 22 December 2015 [ better source needed ]

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