TT pint with McGuinness is a dream come true

Posted: 08 Jun 2013

There’s no sporting event on earth that enables fans to get as close to the action and its stars as the Isle of Man TT. And for Island resident, Chris Magill, it reached a whole new level this year, as he popped for a pint with his idol John McGuinness during TT race week, courtesy of Bennetts Biking Dreams.

Chris submitted his dream to have a couple of pints with McGuinness and was astounded when he got the call to say he would be meeting the down-to-earth 19 times TT race winner. The pair enjoyed a drink together in Sir Norman’s Bar at the Sefton Hotel on Douglas Promenade during a short break in the racing schedule earlier this week.

Chris said: “I’ve watched John racing on the Island for years and he is an absolute hero, but he also seems like a really, great down to earth bloke that you could enjoy a pint in the local with. To actually do that this year is unbelievable. It was really surreal to be watching him race around the roads I use every day and then just hours later sit down in the pub for a pint with him. That really is the stuff of dreams!”

John added: “The TT is a very special place and what makes it so unique is how close the fans are to the action. At the end of the day, we’re just normal people and it’s really important that we remember that a big part of our success is down to the fans. I was pleased to be asked by Bennetts to help out with this dream!”