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2015 Classic TT Isle of Man Festival of Motorcycling

One of the biggest problems for people going to the Classic TT is how to fit everything in. Henry Gregson gave it his best shot..

The new formula for this festival encompasses the Classic TT, the Manx Grand Prix, the Ramsey Sprint, the Manx Two Day Trial and a full programme of excellent events organised by the VMCC plus some beautiful roads for touring. It’s certainly pulling in the crowds…

2015 Classic TT

After a wet practice week the weather gods smiled on the Island allowing the Classic TT to get underway in good conditions. Apart from an occasional shower, this is pretty much how it stayed for the week. One of the biggest attractions is Sunday’s Wemoto-sponsored VMCC Festival of Jurby and the event showed its popularity with an estimated attendance of 12,000. Judging by the bike park at 10am, it certainly seemed that around 11,999 of that number had ridden there! Jurby, for those not familiar with the venue, is an old RAF airfield near the northern end of the island which has had a dedicated racetrack constructed on some of its original roads. The bike park and pits for the festival are part of the original runway.

2015 Classic TT

Jurby always seems to be blessed with beautiful weather (that comment will now almost certainly have spoiled things for the future), and this year was no exception with bright sunshine all day. Fans were able to mix with the stars of motorcycling, both past and present, examine close-up the many exotic race machines, home-made specials and classic / vintage bikes – all accessible in the pits area where they could also discuss the bikes with their owners. These bikes were also in action around the Jurby race circuit during the demonstration laps, and finding a spot against the track fence to watch from wasn’t an easy task. With so many former racing stars and so much exotic, classic racing machinery, ‘demonstration’ is hardly the correct term to use, unless of course the term means demonstrating how to race.

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All this was supported by representatives from the trade who were offering from their marquees a vast number of bargains to willing spenders. The Wemoto personnel were possibly busier than the food outlets as they tried manfully to cope with the demand for their range of free handouts.

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This day must be amongst the biggest bargains in motorcycling: simply brilliant.

The re-branded Manx Grand Prix has certainly achieved what it set out to do in attracting more visitors to the Island. The August event is becoming as busy and popular as the better-known June TT – it’s certainly lost a little of its laid-back and relaxed nature. However, the courtesy of the Island's drivers, the friendliness of its people and the stunning scenery, coupled to the unique Festival of Motorcycling, make this event a ‘must do’ for me.



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