Tourist Trophy: Chief Announcer

For many years, Geoff Cannell served as chief announcer for the Isle of Man's Tourist Trophy -- the oldest and deadliest motorcycle race on earth. Though fatalities were a common occurance (the 38-mile course, which meanders through several villages, features hairpin turns and narrow wall-lined roads), Cannell dutifully glossed over the grim realities. "Ladies and gentlemen, what a bee-u-tiful day it is for TT fans!" he declared during one race. "Ah, another rider is being carted away in an ambulance; he'll be back on his feet in a jiffy no doubt. We even got a little sunshine, didn't we? That ought to dry up the track nicely..."

[In 2004, an English funeral director unveiled a modified Triumph motorcycle hearse.]

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