Signpost Corner, Isle of Man

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Signpost Corner
IOM TT signpostcorner.jpg
Location
Coordinates 54°10′47″N 4°28′13″W / 54.17972°N 4.47028°W / 54.17972; -4.47028Coordinates: 54°10′47″N 4°28′13″W / 54.17972°N 4.47028°W / 54.17972; -4.47028
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Roads at
junction
  • A18 (Snaefell Mountain Road)
  • A39 (Hillberry Road)/B11 (Avondale Road)
  • Old Road’/(A18) Bemahague Road
Construction

Signpost Corner, Isle of Man is a former temporary motor-cycle race signal station, located on the A18 Snaefell Mountain Road with the road junction with the A39 Hillberry Road / B11 Avondale Road in the parish of Onchan in the Isle of Man.

Origin of Name[edit]

The name derives from a signal station for the Isle of Man TT races and Manx Grand Prix. The signal station at Signpost Corner was connected to the Race Scoreboards located in Glencrutchery Road in Douglas by a telephone land-line. Race Officials would then instruct local Scouts on the Scoreboards to switch on a light above an individual competitor’s scoreboard which would l indicate to the pit-crew and race-officials that a particular rider has passed through Signpost Corner and may be shortly pulling into the race-pits located at the Grandstand on Glencrutchery Road to refuel.[1]

Bedstead Corner[edit]

Located nearby to the former signal station at the Signpost road junction is Bedstead Corner on the (A18) Bemahague Road section of the Isle of Man TT Mountain Course. The origin of the name is disputed and uncertain along with its exact former location.

Popular culture[edit]

George MacDonald Fraser, author of the Flashman series of books, lived on the Isle of Man and titled his 2002 autobiographical memoir of his experiences as a Hollywood scriptwriter as;- “The Light's On at Signpost."[2]

Motor-Sport Heritage[edit]

In 1911 the Four Inch Course for automobiles was first used by the Auto-Cycling Union for the Isle of Man TT motorcycle races. [3]

The section of the Isle of Man TT Mountain Course from the Cronk-ny-Mona road junction to Governors Bridge was first adopted for the 1920 Isle of Man TT motor-cycle races and the Manx Grand Prix in 1923[4]. This included the Signpost Corner road junction, ‘Bedstead Corner’ and the section known as the “old road” of the TT Course from the Nook to Governor’s Bridge.

The Signpost Corner section of the TT Course is used as part of timed special stages for the former Manx International Rally and Rally Isle of Man.

In recent years the race signal station has been moved to a preceding position on the Isle of Man TT Mountain Course at Cronk-ny-Mona as average race speeds have increased.[5]

Road Improvements[edit]

The section of the TT Course between Signpost Corner and Bedstead Corner was widened during the winter of 1953/54 and the road re-profiled.[6]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ Isle of Man TT by Charles Deane pages 10–11 (1st Edition)(1975) Patrick Stevens Ltd ISBN 0-85059-172-4
  2. ^ The Light's On at Signpost: Memories of the Movies, Among Other Matters by George MacDonald Fraser Foreword Harper Collins (2002) ISBN 0007136471
  3. ^ Round the TT Course with Harold Daniell R.R. Holliday Motor Cycling (c1947) Castrol Oils That Lap at 91! Harold L.Daniell, TT Record Holder. Tells How it was done.
  4. ^ The History of the Manx Grand Prix page 7, 8, 9 by Bill Snelling Amulree Publishing(1998) Manx Heritage Foundation ISBN 1 901508 04 8
  5. ^ TT News Report 1 page 2 Isle of Man Newspapers Ltd (2006) Johnson Press Publishing Ltd
  6. ^ Isle of Man Weekly Times dated 29 May 1954

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