• Mar 25, 2011
Closer to the Edge trailer – Click above to watch video after the jump

Regardless of where you stand on the two wheels versus four debate, chances are that you respect the Isle of Man TT. The race is a living relic of motorsport that can trace its roots all the way back to 1907, and while most other racing venues have seen their essence diluted by ever evolving technology, regulations and commercialization, the Isle of Man continues to be an event dominated by one pursuit above all else: go faster. The course is a twisting loop of public roads that snake through open country side and dense village centers, meaning that nearly any mistake translates into immediate disaster.

Guy Martin has famously podiumed at the race eight times now but has yet to take top honors. Closer to the Edge, a new documentary, has been worked up to take a look inside both Martin's two-wheeled exploits and what makes the Isle of Man TT so special. The film is set to be released on April 22nd, but in the meantime, we highly suggest you hit the jump to check out the trailer.

[Source: Two Wheels Blog]



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      • 3 Years Ago
      to be or not to be. that is the question. that God poses to us all.
      • 3 Years Ago
      In 1996 my Harley neighbor, a real nice guy, didn't look when he turned into his driveway. He got hit and his leg was lost - it was left dangling and mutilated. In 2003, my sister down the block did the same in her car. She got out and said "dang it" ... with no injuries. Sold my bike then.
        • 3 Years Ago
        It is not 'common sense' to choose a car over a bike for mere safety. In fact, it shows that common sense has no place in motoring. Had our officials common sense, negligent driving would be met with severe penalties. That may be borne by a 2-whl OR 4-whl motorist, depending on fault. But when someone actually gets away with the 'I did not see them' argument after mowing someone down, it just proves our legal and driver education system is garbage. If you cannot 'see' something, you are too blind to drive and should have your license revoked until such time as you can see. If you hurt yourself from stupidity, then live with the consequences. You hurt someone else, then its jail time for vehicular assault AND hopefully you lose a fortune from the subsequent lawsuits. If you kill using your vehicle, it is negligent homocide, and you can spend the next 40 years contemplating what could have been had you not been such a moron. And since the majority of motorcycle collisions are the fault of a cager (or idiot boozer/SQUID on their ride), were these rules in place the roads would be safe enough for the common rider, or 4-whl enthusiast for that matter.

        I will still not live in fear from all the idiot filth infesting this country. If that shortens my life span, at least I'll be free from the inanity.
        • 3 Years Ago
        If you really believe what you two are saying, then you'll take this bet: let's drive our vehicles at 35 and 1) hit a wall head on, and 2) drift into a wall sideways. No brakes. Then we'll play tennis right afterwards.
        Come to think of it, I can't think of a single state that requires one driving a car on the freeway to wear a helmet. Maybe the lawmakers just weren't thinking.
        • 3 Years Ago
        1st, how do you get hit turning into a driveway? Cannot say mine has that kind of traffic. 2nd, I'd rather not live in fear. A coward dies a thousand deaths, the brave only one.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Super: I didn't get hit - it was my neighbor. If you mean "you" as in "how does one get hit ..." then I understand. He has lived there 24 years; just wan't thinking and didn't look. He got hit by a 3/4 ton truck. Living in fear and common sense are two different issues. If you sit in your Lazy Boy your risk of being hit by a truck are low. But you'll clog your arteries from inactivity. So - you measure the risks. I'm not wrong in measuring mine by nor riding a motorcycle. You aren't wrong in taking the risk in riding. But your life IS at a greater risk by riding. My wife just got a new term life policy. They asked if she 1) rides motorcycles 2) flies or jumps out of airplanes. They want to know for a reason.
      • 3 Years Ago
      First time I saw Isle of Man (can't remember if it was on Speed or some other, more obscure channel), I pretty much decided that I couldn't watch anymore.

      With the incredible zero-offset (in some cases, offset ONTO the racing line) brick walls, ditches, signs, etc., I really don't want to see another Zanardi-level of carnage mixed in with my motorsports. I truly appreciate the skills, the length of a "lap" and that rally car & raid drivers, likewise, drive such un-sanitized arenas but, frankly, the possibility of seeing a guy on a motorcycle (not in a full-cage equipped rally car or raid racer) hit a brick wall AT the apex, while trying to clip it, is something I don't need to see.

      Old, may I be, but I'll take a lap of Monza or Spa, thank you.
      • 3 Years Ago
      TT3D. Didnt know it was 3D.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This film seems to have Senna Syndrome, in that no reporter alive seems to know when we'll get to see it.
      • 3 Years Ago
      • 3 Years Ago
      That looks phenomenal.
        • 3 Years Ago
        agreed- absolutely awesome. I'll be first in line to see it.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is it just me or are there more automotive movies being made now than there used to be?

      Tickle me excited about that and the fact that they're now all in stunning HD.

      I'm a film maker myself but the one thing that always boggles me is the knack some people have for getting hair raising audio quality for productions like this (and top gear). For anything involving motorsport, it's absolutely key.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I sincerely object to the term "relic" when referring to the TT. It was and is ROAD racing in its purest form. A beautiful last of the true road races. A relic is what you find at a dig, or possibly a husband or wife, but the TT is not a relic.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sadly I only became a fan of the TT when I saw a small blurb in Cycle World about the death of a road racer named Joey Dunlop...I am now a huge fan. These racers are what racing is (or should be) all about, heart and not money.

      Guy Martin might be the coolest guy racing at the moment. Yes, and that includes the overpaid Italian on the Ducaaaati...
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Audi TT is named after the Isle Of Man Tourist Trophy race.
      • 3 Years Ago
      When can we get back to using the language to actually mean things?? This is not a TRAILER...it is a PREVIEW. Ugh...
        • 3 Years Ago
        When we stop using excessive punctuation!!!
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