It truly is the end of an era, the current TT scoreboard synonymous with the unrivalled history of the TT Races, will no longer be in operation from next year onwards.
Unique compared to scoreboards at motorsport events worldwide, the over 100 years in existence TT scoreboard (imagine the tales, stories it could tell if could talk) was updated lap by lap by Manx scouts and scout leaders.
Thinking back to the 2019 Manx Grand Prix, it’s hard to believe that this has now marked the last time we will see it in action.
Last year a public consultation which began on the 13th December took place till 31st January to gather feedback around the scoreboard’s future.
Varying, diverse different opinions were gained from the Manx community, road racing insiders, the road racing fraternity.
With today’s update it’s looking likely that a scoreboard featuring electric technology will likely replace the traditional 100 plus years old TT scoreboard, for future Mountain Course events.
It’s my job to keep neutral but I can’t help but feel a touch down about today’s news. Heritage, prestige and most of all history helps make Mountain Course events non comparable to anything else on planet earth.
The removal of what many will always regard as the TT scoreboard, removes a significant tradition from the Isle of Man’s showpiece two/three-wheel meetings.
Obviously the TT, Manx GP, Classic TT will always have the allure, that something special to the roads fraternity but it’s a shame to see a major tradition depart.
Words by Stevie Rial