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Bill Snelling, a living legend from the Isle of Man and the keeper of the history of the TT races as well as the ISDT on the island recently contacted me to say he was reducing his archive and was hoping Speedtracktales might be willing to take his collection of negatives for the ISDT events in the Isle of Man. Hardly unable to hold back my joy, I of course accepted and was told to wait for a package.

Photo - just part of the Bill Snelling collection of images from the Isle of Man ISDT events.

Photo – just part of the Bill Snelling collection of images from the Isle of Man ISDT events.

I was therefore amazed to find a large jiffy bag wrapped around a box the size of a shoe box full of 35m and medium format negatives and transparencies. Opening the box with enthusiasm I was amazed to see just how much material Bill had so generously passed onto us in order that we can prepare the images and add them as archive material to the site and indeed no one will be short of photos of riders and scenes from the many ISDT events in the Isle of Man when the work is completed.

Hopefully I can start this work shortly after a few more old magazines have been scanned but for now here is a very small taster.

Photo - scans of 35mm black and white negatives from the ISDT 1971

Photo – scans of 35mm black and white negatives from the ISDT 1971

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