Dick Shepherd will be delving into his archive of stunning Triumph bikes and selecting some of his favourites for another display in the paddock at this year’s Classic TT presented by Bennetts.

This year’s pop up museum features an eclectic display that presents a veritable snapshot of Triumph’s history, with over 70 years separating prototype bikes from 1946 and 2019.

The undoubted highlight of this year’s collection is the Triumph that Buddy Elmore raced to victory at Daytona in 1966, from which the Triumph ‘Daytona’ derived.  Buddy took the bike, which has not been displayed in public since the win, from 46th place on the grid in what is widely recognised as the most famous Daytona 200 race of all time.

Another bike that almost enjoyed success just a year later on the Isle of Man – the Triumph raced in the 1967 Production 500 TT Race by Percy Tait – will be returning to the island this year for the display. Percy was one of the pre-race favourites but broke down at Ballaugh.

The oldest bike in the display sees the return to the Isle of Man of the 1946 Prototype T100GP that Ernie Lyons raced to victory in the 1946 Senior Manx Grand Prix, while the latest is the new 2019 Moto2 prototype that Triumph provides to the Championship as the exclusive engine supplier. Race fans around the Island will see Steve Parrish take the Moto2 bike around the TT Mountain Course in the Classic Racer Lap of Honour on Monday 26th August.

Many of the bikes in Dick’s collection have appeared in films, including the Bonneville from the latest Jurassic World film ridden by Chris Pratt, while the Triumph TR6 – colloquially referred to as the ‘Desert Sled’ – is instantly recognisable and best remembered as the bike that Steve McQueen used in the Great Escape.

Aside from its silver screen track record, the Desert Sled scored victories in world class races such as the Barstow to Vegas 150-Mile Desert Race, the Big Bear Run, the Hi-Mountain 200 Enduro and the AMA National Hare and Hound Championship.

The free to view display, which will be in place in the paddock throughout the Isle of Man Festival of Motorcycling, opens on Saturday 17th August and will remain in place until Friday 30th August.

Tickets for the 2019 Classic TT are now on sale via the Official website including Official Grandstand Tickets, VIP Hospitality Experiences, and Official Entertainment Events including the Counterfeit Stones Classic TT Party Performance. You can stay up to date with all the latest Classic TT news by subscribing to the Official Isle of Man TT Races Newsletter.

Author: IOM TT Races Official