Charlie Lambert, Manx Radio’s lead anchor for TT and Manx
Grand Prix coverage from 2004, oversaw an incredible decade of racing on the
world’s greatest real road racing course.
The Isle of Man TT Mountain Course drips in heritage but at the
end of the 1990s many were beginning to question its future viability. The emergence
of World Superbikes, the changing demographic and economic profile of the Isle
of Man and ever increasing burden of risk led many to predict the downfall of
one of the World’s oldest motorsport events.
Thanks to the dedicated efforts of a small and often disparate
band of enthusiasts the flagging fortunes were revived so that today the TT has
never looked healthier.
Throughout this incredible turnaround it was Charlie’s voice
that fans around the course, and across the World, listened to as dramatic
races unfolded and a new generation of road racing legends were written into
the record books.
In his new book, TT Talking, Charlie lifts the lid on his
role behind the microphone revealing the pressures, the controversies, the
laughs and the sadness that go with being at the heart of the world’s most
famous – and dangerous – road races.
It is fitting the foreword is written by John McGuinness –
Charlie’s first year coincided with John’s treble of victories in 2004 and Charlie’s
last TT as anchor saw John cross the line as winner of the Senior TT once more.