The Isle of Man Senior TT Trophy will feature in a prestigious one-day exhibition at Ascot alongside some of the world’s most iconic sporting trophies.
The exhibition will take place on 19th October, the day of the QIPCO British Champions Day, and will also feature the FA Cup, The Ashes Urn, the Rugby League Challenge Cup and the Calcutta Cup.
The trophy, which depicts Mercury, the Roman Winged God of the Messengers, crafted in silver atop a winged wheel, was donated to the Auto Cycle Club, now the Auto Cycle Union, by Joseph the Marquis de Mouzilly St Mars, President of the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme in 1905-06. The trophy’s first recipient was Charlie Collier in 1907, winner of the first TT race.
The Senior Trophy was based on the Montague Trophy, which was awarded to the winner of the TT car races, which pre-dated the motorcycle TT. Previous winners of the trophy include Geoff Duke, John Surtees, Mike Hailwood, Joey Dunlop, Giacamo Agostini and current champion John McGuinness, who has won the Senior TT six times as part of his twenty TT wins.
‘QIPCO British Champions Day has, in just two short years, become one of the world’s most important race days so it’s fitting that some of the most iconic trophies from other sports are on show alongside racing’s most coveted prizes,’ said chief executive of British Champions Series, Rod Street. ‘Champions Day is one of the highlights of the autumn sporting calendar and the exhibition celebrates the sporting achievements of some of our greatest champions. We’re indebted to the organisations and individuals who’ve agreed to participate, ensuring that our Day is a true celebration of Great British sport.’