Scallop boats, Ramsey harbor. The 37-mile, 240-corner TT course climbs up and around the mountain in the background, but it's not The Mountain.... Snaefell--even higher--is hidden from view in the distance; the weather up there is often quite different than it is in Douglas. Far, right: Taking notes and drawing actual corners on paper forces you to really look at each bend and helps fix them in your memory--all of which is pretty important at speeds of well over 100 mph. Top, middle: One went to Oxford, the other apprenticed at 14 years old. A photo of two men whose lives intersect at a single point: this Velocette Venom.