They'll Pinch Anything

The iconic wooden framed scoreboard used at the Grandstand for the TT races is the oldest manually operated one of its kind in the world.  


Each year, for the century old TT races in June and the Manx Grand Prix races in August, the scoreboard has been operated by the Isle of Man Scouts - 70 of them are required to keep score.

Old and New...



There is a fascinating account here for anyone who is interested to know more.

This year, the powers that be decided that this wonderful old structure was outdated and so have taken the decision to replace it with a modern digital version. The original scoreboard is being handed over to Manx National Heritage for preservation.

Unfortunately, the course map, which formed part of the structure (you can see it in the top picture) has now been stolen.

Rotten swines!


9 comments:

  1. That wasn't very nice of them. I suppose the course map board will be worth money because of it's history and provenance? I am sure they can soon make another one?

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    1. I expect a TT fan would pay a lot for it.

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  2. A pity they decided to replace it. The whole procedure with its 70 scouts must have been an attraction in itself. I hope they find the stolen piece

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    1. Newer is not always better.
      There is an appeal out today for the course map to be returned. We shall see...

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  3. Selfish bastards. What a great activity for the scouts: part of a team, leadership, expertise. Digital is not necessarily better.

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  4. It's pleasing that the old scoreboard is being preserved. Shirley and I visited the Manx Museum in Douglas and we were both impressed by the range and presentational quality of the exhibits. It told the Isle of Man's story really well. As for that map, it looks great on the wall of my man cave. I got it off e-bay for thirty quid.

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    1. You woz robbed! The real one was handed in today by a well intentioned member of the public.

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    2. Boo hoo! Pass me a tissue! Sob! Sob! Ripped off again!

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