Rachael Clegg's Isle of Man TT book details the race's entire history

A new book from motorcycle journalist and artist Rachael Clegg celebrating the history and heritage of the Isle of Man TT has become available for pre-order. 

Rachael Clegg: Book One (the Isle of Man TT)

A new book has become available for pre-order celebrating the history and heritage of the Isle of Man TT, from journalist and artist Rachael Clegg. 

Clegg’s book, called Rachael Clegg: Book One (the Isle of Man TT), will be 260 pages of artwork and photography celebrating the TT races, including archive images dating back to 1907 when the first TT was held.

The TT has to be one of the most historical races in the world, not just on two-wheels but across all disciplines. From its time as a fixture on the Grand Prix calendar, and even before that, to the present day of average speeds exceeding 130mph, the Isle of Man inhabits its own sizeable space in the history of motor racing, and it is that which Clegg’s book looks to highlight.

Clegg is the daughter of a TT racer herself, which no doubt played a role in the direction of her career as an artist and motorcycle journalist in her own right. The book will feature her own “Milestones” back catalogue, as well as historical photos from the Mortons Archive. 

The first edition of Milestones was released 10 years ago, and through the direction of Clegg seeks to illustrate iconic TT racing moments.

They also feature unique racing artefacts that had been loaned to Clegg by TT icons such as 23-time winner John McGuinness, multiple-time podium finisher Guy Martin, and multiple TT-winner and Grand Prix legend Phil Read. Last year, Clegg’s work earned her a place in the FIM’s Book of Women Motorcycling. 

At this year’s TT, there will be a dedicated exhibition stand present throughout the racing fortnight showcasing the book. Pre-orders will also be possible at the exhibition stand.

“The Isle of Man TT has been incredibly close to my heart since childhood,” Clegg said. “It began when I would watch my father competing in the races, in complete awe of him, and I’ve been addicted to the island and its racing ever since.”

Clegg said, “My grandparents also lived there, and my uncle made leathers for the likes of Robert and Joey Dunlop, so there’s a sort of umbilical cord that connects me to the TT and the Isle of Man. The book is a special edition passion project, which I think will resonate with the droves of avid TT fans around the globe. The photographs – my own collection and those from the Mortons archive – have been carefully selected to tell the TT’s story.”

Pre-orders for Rachael Clegg: Book One (the Isle of Man TT) can also be made online, here.