Mad Max

Sun Oct 20 2013 02:06:37 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

The evocative black and white calendar features a series of eye-catching images recalling memorable moments from the history of racing around the legendary Isle of Man TT course.

Each photograph is accompanied by a description of the story which inspired the image.

It is the work of Rachael Clegg, whose father and grandfather both competed on the Mountain course, and photographer Peter Greste.

Calendars featuring the Isle of Man TT are always popular, but this is a unique presentation of the iconic TT course.

As Rachael explains:

"I don't know what it was that made me think running around the TT course semi naked at 4am would be a good idea. Privately, I've always wanted to do the TT, my father -- Noel Clegg -- was a TT racer, as his dad was before him. But with no racing panache, and even less road sense, this calendar was the closest I could get."

"I wanted to pay homage to the TT's rich and colourful history and interpret its tales -- some tragic, some bonkers -- with visual images. And as an 'arty' TT geek, it was a pleasure to prepare for. I sat down with piles of books, archive notes and anecdotes from racers and started to sketch enough images for every milestone of the course, using the TT's history as inspiration. This is just part one of the series."

"The photographer, Al Jazeera reporter Peter Greste - who's more at home in a war zone than the sedate haven of the Isle of Man - completely captured the brief: I wanted the shots to look sexy, silly and classy. Despite his worldly experience risking life-and-limb in places such as Mogadishu and Afghanistan, running around the TT course with a budget blonde clearly wore the poor man out."

"I modelled, drove the van, wrote the text, plastered my leg, wrapped myself in bike chain, borrowed a budgie, climbed trees, dodged the public, fraternised with cows and wrestled with a gander. It took four weeks' worth of 3am starts, several tubs of Swarfega, a handful of farm animals and umpteen gallons of diesel but I've never had so much fun!"

"I hope you enjoy it."

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