TT fans will have the very rare opportunity to buy a limited edition piece of the TT course this year thanks to Isle of Man Stamps & Coins and the Eastcliffe Resource Centre.
Just 750 unique pieces of tarmac taken from the Creg Ny Baa bend and Glencrutchery Straight will be on sale at Isle of Man Stamps & Coins' Post Shop, which will be situated at the back of the Grandstand throughout TT fortnight. Last year, pieces of tarmac from Ballaugh Bridge were available and sold like hot tar. Fans were keen to take a small piece of the most famous motorsport course in the world home with them as a lasting souvenir of their visit.
This year Isle of Man Stamps & Coins has enlisted the help of members of the Department of Social Care's Eastcliffe Resource Centre to help make and package the product ready to sell.
Pascale Despringre, Senior Day Support Worker for the Centre said:
"The workshop, part of Day Services Social Firm, has been putting together the TT tarmac souvenir. The team of adults with learning disabilities have learnt to break down the large pieces of tarmac into small pieces and put the packaging together. They have achieved a high standard of work and have met the orders promptly. Everyone has been involved in the various stages of the process and has enjoyed the work."
Maxine Cannon, Sales & Marketing Manager, Isle of Man Stamps & Coins said:
"We have been very impressed by the diligence of the team who have prepared our products. The joint co-operation between our two businesses has shown what can be achieved by simply asking the question "is this something you can do?"
The tarmac souvenir will be available to buy at the Post Shop priced £4.50, in addition biking enthuiasts and visitors alike will also be able to buy a wide range of TT merchandise and Isle of Man souvenirs. The TT Post Shop at the Grandstand is open from 9am everyday until June 9.