All this week, competitors should have been roaring down Bray Hill and off around the 37.75-mile Isle of Man TT Mountain Circuit at the 2020 motorcycling festival around the toughest, arguably most dangerous and demanding course on the calendar.
However, the coronavirus crisis led to the cancellation of the TT.
Instead, here are some of the most memorable moments by local riders at the TT, two of which involve William Joseph Dunlop MBE OBE, who dominated the event like no other and amassed an amazing 26 victories between 1977 and 2000.
His first TT victory was the 1977 Schweppes Classic, but it was his 1980 win in the same race that established him on the international road racing scene as he got one over on the factory teams including future employer, Honda.
Riding John Rea's 750cc Yamaha, Dunlop was expected to take two refuelling pit stops in the six-lap race to Mick Grant's one on the factory Honda. However, the wily Ballymoney man and his team devised a plan to enlarge the tank of his machine to some eight gallons, burning the midnight oil to weld and fit the extra capacity. It meant he would also have to stop just once.
In the early laps, one of the straps securing the tank broke and Dunlop was forced to hold the bulky item in place with his knees and chest.
At the end of lap three, he had a 20-second lead over race favourite Grant. It was then pit stop time and Grant, with a 'quick filler', took 12 seconds. Dunlop, with the slower gravity-fed system, needed 53 seconds, leaving the Honda with a healthy lead and the Ulsterman expected to need another stop.
He didn't, of course, and reeled in the factory man mile after mile. He set an absolute lap record of 115.22mph on the final lap to overhaul the Yorkshire rider and win by 20.4 seconds.
This came just a few weeks after losing his brother-in-law Mervyn Robinson in an accident at the North West 200 and considering quitting the sport.
His King of the Mountain status had started and the rest is history - five successive F1 World Championship titles (all on Hondas) and 26 TT victories.
Con Law, from Innisrush, near Portglenone, achieved his proudest moment in 1983 by winning the Junior TT for the second year in succession aboard the Joe Millar-sponsored Ehrlich EMC.
He took the race by the scruff of the neck and became the first competitor to ever race a 250cc machine around the circuit at over 110mph - a remarkable feat - to win from Australian Graeme McGregor and Newry's Norman Brown.
Brown himself had created his own little piece of TT history a year earlier when he stunned regulars by winning the Senior TT at his first attempt, joining Phil Read as the only person up until then to complete the Manx/TT double.
Brown, a year later, set the fastest ever TT lap at 116.19mph, but ran out of fuel on the third lap of the Senior. His star was in the ascendancy. However, a few months later he lost his life in an accident during the 500cc British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
Carrickfergus rider Lowry Burton and passenger Pat Cushnahan became the first ever Irish duo to win a sidecar TT when, in 1986, the pair inherited the lead of the opening three-wheeler race from favourites Mick Boddice and Chas Birks following early retirements. A year later, Burton won his second Sidecar TT and became the oldest winner at the event at the age of 49.
In 2003, Adrian Archibald gave Hector and Philip Neill an F1/Senior TT double, but that doesn't tell the full story. During Thursday practice, his TAS Suzuki Racing team-mate David Jefferies, one of the sport's most popular riders, was killed instantly in a horrific 160mph crash at Crosby.
Jefferies' mother and father (himself a TT winner) insisted that the team carry on racing and with 'DJ' stickers on his machine, Archibald scorched to his first TT success by winning the opening F1 race from Ian Lougher and John McGuinness in hugely emotional scenes.
The Ballymoney man ended an intense race week for the Moneymore-based team by adding a Senior TT victory and lapping at over 126mph.
Phillip McCallen achieved a memorable feat in 1996 by winning four TT races in one week, a record he held until 2010 when Ian Hutchinson won an unprecedented five in a week. The Portadown man won the F1, Junior, Production 1000 and the blue riband Senior TT at the height of his 10-year TT career, and won 11 races between 1992-1997.
Robert Dunlop suffered horrendous career-threatening injuries in 1994 when the rear wheel of his Superbike disintegrated as he accelerated away from Ballaugh Bridge, the Ballymoney man suffering severe arm and leg issues.
Undaunted, he battled both the injuries and authority, who baulked at his reappearance at the 1996 TT and 1997 North West 200 due to his supposed inability to control his machine properly, to again race at the TT, finishing a heroic third in the 1997 125cc TT on a machine sponsored by PJ O'Kane, modified to take into account the lack of mobility in his right arm.
In 1998, he completed a remarkable TT feat by winning the Ultra Lightweight race (125), silencing the doubters who believed his career was finished, even though he never raced a Superbike again.
Robert's son Michael won his first TT in 2009 and 10 years later has racked up 19 victories to lie third in the all-time winners' list, seven behind uncle Joey and four behind John McGuinness.
One of his most memorable rides was in the 2016 Senior when he set an absolute lap record, becoming the first rider to lap the Snaefell Mountain circuit in under 17 minutes with an effort of 16 minutes 53.929 seconds, a speed of 133.962mph on his BMW.
He led from start to finish to complete a Superbike/Senior double. That record lap remains his fastest ever TT lap, although the absolute lap record has moved on to 135.452mph set by Peter Hickman in 2018.
His third TT hat-trick in 2000 was pure class.
Many thought his glory days on the big bike at the TT were over as he hadn't won a Superbike/F1 TT since 1998.
In 2000, his 32nd year of racing, he defied the odds and emerged victorious in the F1 race on the Honda VTR SP1, a minute ahead of Michael Rutter. He also won the Lightweight 250cc TT on Bertie Payne's Honda and the Ultra Lightweight on a Honda Britain 125cc machine.
These were his final TT wins as a few weeks later he lost his life in a crash on his 125cc Honda on a rain-soaked track at Tallinn in Estonia.
These have been just a few of my many memorable moments by local riders at the TT.
I'm sure everyone has their own magic moment, like Steven Cull setting an absolute lap record in the 1988 Senior TT of 119.08mph in a titanic battle with Joey Dunlop, only for his machine to catch fire and force his retirement; Johnny Rea's Junior win in 1989; Tom Herron's 1976 500cc Senior TT success on a Yamaha, his first TT win and the last winner of a 500cc World Championship round to be held on the Isle of Man; Sam McClements' podium in the 1980 F1 race; or Ryan Farquhar's three TT wins in 2004, 2005 and 2012.
• Joey (26), Robert (five) and Michael Dunlop (19) have amassed 50 TT wins between 1979-2019 - their closest family rivals are Michael and Tony Rutter with 14 triumphs.