It’s celebration time! The Classic TT and Wemoto Festival of Jurby will reverberate to the sight and sound of the Gilera 4 celebrating the great Bob McIntyre’s achievement of being the first man to lap the TT Mountain Course at over 100mph. Amazingly, it’s sixty years since Bob did the TT Double by winning the 1957 Junior and Senior TT aboard his factory entered Gileras, setting a new lap record in the eight lap Senior race of 101.12mph and beating the great John Surtees (MV) into second place.
Famous machines, legendary riders and a packed calendar of spectator friendly events ensure the Classic TT Races have everything for fans nostalgic for the first golden age of road racing. But, the real action is still to be found on the world famous Mountain Course, as today’s TT heroes go head –to- head armed with the planet’s most exotic classic racing motorcycles!
There are plenty of opportunities to meet the biggest names too, of course, with the Heroes Dinner perhaps affording the ultimate night out for autograph hunters! And there’s plenty of retro fun to be had throughout the whole weekend, as our TT heroes mix happily with fans and indulge in some nostalgic styling of their own. Naturally, this is all played out to a soundtrack of classic tunes with live bands and even a dedicated retro-radio station!
The Classic TT wouldn’t be complete, however, without the Festival of Jurby organised by the VMCC and sponsored by WEMOTO. The biggest one day event on the Island attracts well over 10,000 spectators eager to drool over the estimated 5000 bikes and historic vehicles, not to mention meeting and chatting to some of the greatest names in motorcycling history – paradise for autograph hunters. The great appeal of the event is the relaxed atmosphere and the easy access to the stars and exotic machinery. Live music and ample, varied catering allied to a number of outlets offering a wide range of goodies from a humble T shirt through to top of the range racing leathers. And speaking of T shirts, event sponsors WEMOTO will once again be raising money for the Helicopter Fund by selling Festival of Jurby T shirts. All proceeds go to the Manx Grand Prix Supporters Club and WEMOTO are confident of exceeding the sum of over 16,000.00 pounds raised in 2016. Look out for a Bob Mac themed T shirt – “Today we do the Ton!”
For the VMCC the Festival of Motorcycling represents its biggest challenge. For in addition to the Festival of Jurby the Club organises a rally for VMCC members held over eight days offering road runs, a regularity run held over the original St John’s course and a concours event open to the general public on Tynwald Green.
The Classic TT is followed by the iconic Manx Grand Prix. The Manx Amateur Road Races began in 1923 before becoming the MGP in 1930 and this event has throughout it’s history offered the aspiring road racer not only the unique opportunity of riding the Mountain Course but for those with greater ambition and talent the stepping stone to TT stardom. Racing is incredibly exciting and who will forget the 2016 Senior which was won by Maidstone’s Tom Weedon by less than a second from local rider Andrew Dugeon! Come and see it for yourself.
The Manx International Classic Trial brings the curtain down on wonderful fortnight of classic two wheeled entertainment.