My own first experience of the course came as a passenger in a 3.5-liter Rover driven by the late, great Mike Hailwood. My second trip was onboard a BMW R1200R complete with luggage at 6:45 a.m. on a Sunday morning. I was cruising and exploring, naming off the parts of the course in my head that I had heard Hailwood describe in my movie, Take It To The Limit. "Flat out down Bray Hill ...160 mph, mind the bump; the first-gear right-hander at Quarter Bridge; first the left, then the right at Bradden Bridge; past the church; faster and faster until you flash by the brick wall at Union Mills; then on to Ballacraine" … where we changed the film cassette in the onboard camera bolted to Hailwood's bike back in 1977. This was like visiting hallowed ground where I had a lot of existential knowledge but very little practical experience.