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25th July 2005

I only got one photo with this story...Isle of Man TT Vintage Rally

2005 was an extra special year for the Isle of Man's TT International Vintage Rally, when vintage and classic bike riders were invited to take part in the 50th Rally. They certainly celebrated the Rally's Golden Jubilee in style...

The TT Vintage Rally clocked up its magic 5-0 at the Isle of Man TT races this year. Combining tradition with innovation, the 2005 TT Vintage Rally provided a week-long programme of events which left the 100-plus entrants with many happy memories of participation in this special 'birthday' treat.

...but I'm sure you don't need my help to add the fart gag text to this photo.With the modest entry fee heavily subsidised through sponsorship, advertising income, and a special fund accumulated over several years just for the purpose, rallyists were treated to a no-expense-spared week of runs, displays, concours, viewing of private motorcycle collections, lunches, teas, suppers, receptions, a Gala Dinner, TT certificate, special issue stamps, commemorative programme, photographs, and several forms of entertainment. In addition, each entrant received a commemorative gift, and a mass of awards were available to be won.

This was not your average Rally!

All of the events took place in the presence of distinguished guests who included the Isle of Man's Lieutenant Governor, Sir Ian Macfadyen, the club's President, Peter Vines and his wife Christine, Sir Norman Wisdom, Sammy Miller, Tommy Robb, John Kidson, Malcolm Wheeler and 'Kipper' Killip, whilst the splendidly-attired Blackpool Town Crier, Barry McQueen, ensured with his voluble announcements that everyone knew exactly what was going on.

From the easy-going opening run on Friday 3rd June through slightly more intense concours events, to the splendid Gala Dinner on the following Thursday, riders and machines were a very visible presence amongst the thousands of motorcycles on the Island, attracting much attention and spreading the vintage gospel.

Rallyists had absolutely no doubt at the end of the week that the 'make-over' afforded to this year's TT Vintage Rally had proved of great benefit to the event - the organisers even managed to get the weather to behave!

A commemorative video will soon be available, and it is not too early to be thinking about taking part next year. Watch this space for details of how to enter - and book your holiday and ferry place for TT week now…

Random IOM TT Stuff on

TT Vintage Rally 2005 Principal Award Winners:


  • 1st David Porteous
  • 2nd Geoff & Jan Weston
  • 3rd David Mills
  • 4th Peter & Sheila Dawson


  • Class A - Brian Cope (1914 Velocette)
  • Class B - Martin Wheway (1929 Douglas)
  • Class C - Dave Ward (1952 Gilera)
  • Best Sidecar - Clive & Irene Robinson (1957 BSA/Steib)
  • Best Manx - Paul & Vicky Hipkin (1929 AJS)
  • Best Overseas - Peter & Sheila Dawson (1956 BMW)
  • Best Lady Rider - Janet Cope (1926 Velocette)
  • Best Pre-War - John Thraves (1927 Rudge)
  • Best Post-War - Bob & Wendy Light (1966 Honda)
  • Furthest Travelled - Heinz Schweichardt (1953 BMW)
  • Best in Show - Chris Melvin (1953 Excelsior)
  • Runner-up - Bill & Jennifer Bewley (1951 Vincent)


  • Best Overall Martin Wheway (1929 Douglas)


  • Class A - Brian Cope (1914 Velocette)
  • Class B - Janet Cope (1926 Velocette)
  • Class C - Ian & Joyce Pointon (1969 Velocette)
  • Best Sidecar - Pete & Jan Busby (1958 BSA/Steib)
  • Best Manx - Tony & Pat East (1954 Triumph)
  • Best Overseas - Heinz Schweichardt (1953 BMW)
  • Best Lady Rider - Ann Davy (1927 Levis)
  • Most Original - Adrian Hetherington (1951 Douglas)
  • Technical Interest - Aubrey Patterson (1935 Brough Superior)
  • Furthest Travelled - Heinz Schweichardt (1953 BMW)
  • Never Won Concours - Juan Clague (1931 Ariel)
  • Youngest Entrant - Ashley Gardiner (Jnr)
  • Most in Keeping - Rod Hull (1921 Brough Superior)
  • Best Overall - Richard Birch (1933 Ariel)

    Steve Leonard, Chairman of the IOM Section of the VMCC, waits to be flagged away by Sir Norman Wisdom from Tynwald Hill on a lap of the old St Johns TT Course during the TT Vintage Rally. Were you there?

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