Rutter family honoured at 2024 Isle of Man TT with new corner name and parade lap

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The life and racing accomplishments of the Rutter family will be celebrated at this year’s Isle of Man TT races, with a parade lap and the renaming of a corner. 

This year marks 30 years since the TT debut of Michael Rutter, and almost 60 years since his late father, Tony, first turned a wheel in anger around the 37.73-mile Mountain Course.  

Michael Rutter with father Tony Rutter

Between them, the pair have seven race victories apiece around the TT course, with a total of 38 podiums and 170 starts combined.

Michael said: “It’s a real shock to have this honour bestowed upon the family but, for me, it’s more of an honour and tribute to my dad as I see him having achieved more than me.

“Sadly, we lost him during the pandemic and as a result he didn’t get the tribute or send-off he deserved,” he continued. “Having this corner named Rutters’ goes a good way to compensating for that and I know he’ll be looking down smiling, especially as Glen Helen 1 is such a brilliant corner.

“Dad never said a lot, but I know he’d have loved it – he’ll be looking down smiling for sure.”

Michael Rutter celebrates on the Isle of Man TT podium

The corner formerly known as ‘Glen Helen 1’ now bears the name ‘Rutters’ and the parade lap is set to go ahead on Wednesday, June 5.

During the parade, Phillip McCallen, Ian Simpson, and John McGuinness will be riding race bikes from across Michael’s career. McGuinness will be riding the Honda RC213V-S MotoGP-derived machine that Rutter competed on at the TT in recent years.