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The thrill of it, 'Rem Fowler’s Norton and the Birth of Dunlop'

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© Rachael Clegg
Isle of Man, U.K. 2015
The Thrill of ItMilestones series

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Rem Fowler’s Norton and the Birth of Dunlop is from the 2022 Milestones collection which, unlike the rest of the series was shot not on the Isle of Man TT course but across dozens of locations of historical significance to the TT. In this collection, riders, manufacturers and engineers all play a part in a plot culminating on that sacred stretch of 37 and three quarter miles of road: the Isle of Man TT course. These images offer a glimpse into the story behind the story.

The Story / History was made on this very machine when Rem Fowler raced it to victory in the inaugural Isle of Man TT in 1907 with an average speed of 36.22 mph and a fastest speed of 42.91 mph. It was also Dunlop’s first foray into motorcycle racing, marking the beginning of a relationship between the tyre company and the Isle of Man TT that still thrives today. But the technological developments that contributed to Fowler’s historic win had humble beginnings: John Boyd Dunlop developed the pneumatic tyre after experimenting on his son’s tricycle. Dunlop - a veterinary surgeon - was inspired to invent an impact-softening device following numerous bone-shaking journeys in his dog cart and after dabbling with various materials it was the air-filled rubber tyre that proved most effective. By 1888 Dunlop had filed a patent and by 1910 the company had established its own rubber plantations

Rachael Clegg’s photography series The Thrill of It is one of gritty naked glamour and celebrating the pursuit of motor racing in all its thrilling, unadulterated glory. Clegg’s black and white nude images illustrate historical stories from the Nürburgring’s and TT’s combined history of 212 years (the Isle of Man TT started in 1907; the Nürburgring’s first race was in 1927).

Rachael Clegg has carved out a unique art form for herself, fusing fact and imagination to create bold, often absurd images which are almost always accompanied by text. A trained journalist with an art-school background, Clegg’s work embraces journalistic curiosity with unshackled creativity.

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