Late Start
05th June 2017 - 0 comments
72 hours late, but first practice session of TT 2017 got underway on Tuesday evening in cool but sunny conditions. Hutchy was the boy to beat in both Supersport and Superbike classes ...

MGP & Classic TT 2016
04th September 2016 - 1 comment
Well September is here which signifies the end of the summer and road racing for 2016.

The MGP this year provided some epic racing and proved that the event really is the breeding ground for up and coming road racers. There was a wealth of talent throughout the field in all races providing exciting close fought contest throughout the classes. Once again home grown new talent was featured in abundance with the likes of Michael Evans, Brendan Fargher and Williams all showing extraordinary fast lap times on their first outings on the track. So much so that Mikey Evans went on to win the Newcomers A event with a record race and lap times.

Main highlights :

Andy Dudgeon winning the Junior MGP

Jamie Hodson winning the Supertwin

Dan Sayle won the Lightweight

Tom Weeden winning the Senior event

The Classic TT events were enjoyable and provided the usual display of superb riding skills from some of the world's road racing elite. The results of the Classic Superbike race though have highlighted some serious issues with regard to the regs for the events with 4 of the top 6 riders being disqualified for 'technical infringements'. This reflects poorly on all involved but it is the responsibility of the organisers to ensure a fair and level playing field that riders, teams and race fans can trust.Let's hope the issues can be ironed out for next year.

Well that's about it for this year ... bring on 2017
First Practice - TT 2016
28th May 2016 - 0 comments
Dean Harrison was super fast and smooth through Brandywell this evening and set the bar very high in the opening supersport practice session of TT 2016. Fastest lap of the night at 124.218 mph ...

Taken Too Soon
15th May 2016 - 0 comments
When I first reviewed this image I was both pleased and excited in equal measure. Pleased because I felt it represented a flavour of the vitality, speed and exhilaration of racing around the TT course. Excited because the image featured two of the brightest talents that road racing has seen for a long time. The sporting rivalry that they epitomised had been the talk of MGP 2015, and the prospect of them renewing their duel by progressing to the TT was a mouth watering one.

Needless to say, with the dreadful news of their tragic passing all racing dreams are over. We are left to speculate on what could have been and contemplate the harsh reality of the dangers faced by all brave enough to compete in the cruel sport we all love.
The image evokes different emotions now and my heartfelt condolences go out to the families & friends of both riders. Spare a thought also for the officials and medics who have had to deal two very difficult situations.

Billy Redmayne & Malachi Mitchell-Thomas ... taken too soon RIP
ARA 8th May 2016
12th May 2016 - 0 comments
Although we had diminished grids for last Sunday's re-scheduled race meeting, the weather was excellent and the racing couldn't have been faster or closer.

A full selection of all photos taken last Saturday can be found on Flickr :ARA 08-05-16

For anyone interested I can provide prints by post - prices (inc P&P)as follows :-
7 x 5 - £6
9 x 6 - £8
12 x 8 - £12
A3 - £20

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Support the Hyperbaric Chamber
11th May 2016 - 0 comments
Become a proud supporter of the IOM Hyperbaric Medical Facility by wearing one of these gorgeous lapel pins. Funds raised from the sale of these beautiful pins will be going towards the building of the new facility and purchase of new equipment . Now available £5.00 each.

Pop into the chamber or contact Debbie Barron directly and thank you for helping us improve lives by ensuring people get better faster.
Also available from: Debbie Barron, Hyperbaric Chamber, Sulby Glen Hotel, Legion Club Douglas, Castlecutz Castletown, Terry Holmes, Jenny Triker Wells, Ann Kinvig at the Grandstand, Kerry Humphreys Cross Four Ways Burger Van Pre/Post TT & S100, Snaefell Surgery, Ramsey Group Practice, DPL Ltd, Janet Jones College of Further Education.
This invaluable charity run medical facility needs your help.
Thank you.
Racing 2016
22nd April 2016 - 0 comments
Well after a long, wet, windy and pretty depressing winter the road racing season is finally once again upon us. The delayed first race meeting of the year got underway in good bright but cold conditions at Jurby Airfield.

A full selection of all photos taken last Saturday can be found on Flickr :

Flickr - ARA 16-04-16

For anyone interested I can provide prints by post - prices (inc P&P)as follows :-
  • 7 x 5 - £6
  • 9 x 6 - £8
  • 12 x 8 - £12
  • A3 - £20

To request prints or hi-res digital copies drop me an email ( or message me on Facebook : Facebook
TTSC Winter Edtion
17th January 2016 - 0 comments
Its always pleasing to see your images in print rather than on screen.

So I'm chuffed that my shot of Alan Bonner made the front cover of the Winter edition of TT Supporters Club magazine
Racing into 2016 ...
01st January 2016 - 0 comments
Racing into 2016 ...
As the year turns we should take the opportunity to thank those who worked so hard to bring us all the racing we enjoyed in 2015. The officials, organisers, marshals & medics without whom I'd be sat in the hedge feeling a bit silly.

We should also spare a thought for the families & friends of those who have lost their lives to the sport we all love.

Salutations to all the friends I've made over the last few years, racers, officials fellow photographers and race fans. Thanks also to all who follow this page, like and share my images, your encouragement & support throughout the year is much appreciated.

Here's to a great year of road racing for 2016.
Happy new year all !
MGP + Classic TT 2015
10th September 2015 - 0 comments
Well it's mid September so that's road racing finished for another year.

Practice week got off to a very poor start weatherwise and it was Thursday before any serious laps were being put in. After overcoming some technical delays caused by problems with the marshal's comms we were treated to some cracking racing though.

I enjoyed the event when the weather played ball and have added a gallery containing all my practice/racing images here

Bruce Anstey clocked a 126mph lap on the exquisite Padgettts 500cc Yamaha in the Classic F1 TT.

Local rider Ryan Kneen put in a great ride to take the victory in the F2 Classic TT on his 250cc Yamaha.

Another local Peter Wilkinson won the Class A Newcomers race and went on to the fastest newcomer to finish the Senior MGP in a very respectable 18th place.

Racing highlights were the Junior & Senior MGP races, both of which saw some spectacularly close racing at the front between Malachi Mitchell-Thomas and local rider Billy Redmayne.

Redmayne took the honours in the Junior but their rivalry was to end when Billy sadly broke down in the Senior. Mitchell-Thomas broke the outright lap & race records for the Senior MGP and at 19 years old has marked himself out as one to watch for next years TT.

Well that's about it for this year ... only nine months to wait to TT 2016 !
He Ain't Heavy...
09th June 2015 - 3 comments
There has been quite a lot of interest in this image since I posted it on Facebook yesterday.

Michael Dunlop stopped during practice at Laurel Bank when his brother, William, had crashed and injured himself. He then helped the rescue team to carry the stretcher to the air med helicopter.

I thought it would be fitting to offer copies or prints for sale with all proceeds going to the Rob Vine Fund.

Anyone who wishes to donate the Rob Vine Fund directly you can do so here - Thanks
Wednesday Practice
04th June 2015 - 0 comments
At last the TT practices are getting decent weather allowing riders to properly assess their machines performance and to get some serious lap times recorded. It seems that the 'Flying Kiwi' is still the boy to catch! Bruce Anstey set the fastest Superbike practice lap speed of 128.641mph last night in near perfect conditions.

Fantastic to see Hutchy back on such strong form. He looked the fastest and most determined rider through Brandywell last evening. This was taken on the 1st lap of practice and he went on to set a lap time of 128.3mph.

The TT can have a very serious downside and I was shocked & saddened to hear that newcomer Franck Petricola lost his life when he was involved in a serious incident during last evening's practice session ...

Is This Party Ever Going to Get Started?
02nd June 2015 - 0 comments
I'm beginning to wonder if TT 2015 is ever going to get underway. No practice at all on Monday and another weather curtailed practice session this evening with no time at all for the poor sidecars boys.

At least the Superbikes got a couple of untimed laps in to get some feel for the track and some base settings. But it was cold, windy and ultimately stopped due to deteriorating wet conditions. Let's hope for better conditions tomorrow. You have to feel sorry for the CoC and his team. The responsibilities are enormous and the frustration of all concerned is almost palpable. Let's hope for better conditions tomorrow.
TT 2015 gets off to faltering start
31st May 2015 - 0 comments
Poor weather conditions lead to a frustrating and truncated 1st practice to the 2015 TT. However, the newcomers got their controlled first laps in and it didn't stop Gary Johnson & Ryan Farquhar posting impressive lap times of 117mph on their supertwins...

A selection of images here

TT 2015 is coming ...
02nd May 2015 - 0 comments
- Holidays booked - check
- Media accrediation approved - check
- New camera arrived- check

Its been a long cold winter but finally the best motorsport event on the planet is only a few short weeks away ... can't wait !

Yoshinari Matsushita
20th March 2015 - 0 comments
There's no getting away from it, motorcycle road racing is an extremely dangerous sport. The riders know and fully accept the risks. In fact it is the element of risk that provides the thrill and adrenaline rush!

The elation of completing a fast lap of the most demanding road circuit in the world is known to relatively few and is hard to beat. Riders come from far and wide to compete and test themselves and their machinery in the ultimate challenge which is the Isle of Man TT races.

The downside, of course, means when things go wrong riders can pay a high price for their thrill seeking risking serious injury or worse.

As a photographer I find such tragic events distressing and often wrestle with my conscience over posting images of deceased riders. In the end my respect for their courage and motivation wins the day.

Ever cheerful and extremely popular Japanese rider Yoshinari Matsushita pictured here in practice for the 2013 TT lost his life about 10 minutes after this image was taken. Respect & RIP
TT 2015
13th March 2015 - 0 comments
Its only mid-March and I'm already starting to look forward to TT 2015. I'm salivating at the prospect of hotly contested practice sessions and speculating about the likely front runners.

Last year John McGuinness was riding with a significant wrist injury. It will be really interesting to see if a fully fit J McG still has what it takes to show the host of young guns how to lap the mountain course at race winning pace ...
Race Marshals
19th February 2015 - 0 comments
As we start to look forward to the 2015 racing season I'd like to pay tribute to all those who volunteer to marshal the road racing events we all enjoy.

In my experience a more cheerful, enthusiastic and knowledgeable set of race fans you'd be hard pushed to find. And of course without the Orange Army and the dedicated band of well trained travelling marshals there would be no racing - FACT

Each race or practice session needs a minimum of 500 marshals, so if you'd like to get closer to the action and participate in the greatest road racing the world has to offer why not enquire about signing up at the TTMA Website
Dan Keen
08th February 2015 - 0 comments
I've just heard the news that one of the most talented, fastest and determined road racers the Isle of Man has ever produced is (through no fault of his own) potentially without a ride for the 2015 road racing season.

Dan finished a terrific road racing season in 2014 as the Irish Superbike champion and really showed what he is capable of with the right package of machinery and team support.

The night this photo was taken he achieved his fastest ever circuit of the Mountain course at an amazing 129.36mph (17th fastest - ever).

There is plenty more to come from this personable young man and I for one sincerely hope that a ride worthy of his talent can be arranged in good time for start of the forthcoming season.
Image Collections
27th October 2014 - 0 comments
I often get asked about images from a variety of events that are not on the website. This is because I am restricted in the number of images I can display on the site.

In order to help I have now created several collections of 2014 racing images on Flickr as follows :-

Road Racing 2014

Andreas Racing Association 2014

Motocross 2014

If you see an image on Flickr that you're interested in just drop me an email ( I'll need the title & date of the event/album and the image reference number.

Also let me know whether you'd like a digital copy (prices start from as little £5 each) or a print. If you need a print then let me know the size(s) and quantity required. The list below will give you an idea of print costs.

Examples of print sizes and costs :-
    7" x 5" £6
      9" x 6" £8
        12" x 8" £12
          A3 £20

          Other sizes can be arranged, and bear in mind there is a significant discount for several prints going to the same address as this saves on P&P costs.