The Classic TT kicks off on the Isle of Man from 19 August to 1 September – offering fans and enthusiasts chance to experience the sights and sounds of the TT throughout the ages. Roll back the years to the golden age of motorcycling at the Classic TT.
What’s the Classic TT?
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The Classic TT is a festival of motorcycling, complementing the popular Isle of Man TT races which took place earlier in the Summer. It’s an amazing chance to see the motorcycles of yesteryear – normally tucked away in private collections and museums – ridden around the 37.73 mile circuit by the top riders of today.
Who’s going to be there?
It’s more of a case of who isn’t. Everyone loves the Classic TT. There will be a whole raft of present day riders, and an abundance of racing legends in attendance – along with celebrities who love two-wheels too. With an extremely laid back atmosphere – there’s plenty of chance to meet and greet the greats as they wander around the paddock.
There’s plenty of action on the track – and it off too! Qualifying takes place from Monday 21st August until Friday 25th August with the Bennetts Senior Classic TT Race and Lightweight Classic TT race taking place on Saturday 26th August as well as the Lap of Honour for pre-1975 vintage machines.
It’s not a coincidence that there’s no racing on the Sunday, as the Classic TT Party – held on Saturday 26th August – has become a hallmark of the event. Featuring a live band covering some chart-topping songs of the period, it’s a chance to let your hair down and have some fun. Fancy dress is encouraged – this year’s theme is the 1950s – but get in quick, as tickets sell out fast.
On Sunday 27th August, the Classic TT Heroes Dinner is hosted in the VIP Hospitality Suite. It’s chance to meet a racing great as you enjoy your dinner and listen to hosted Q&A’s. Tickets can be bought on www.iomtt.com.
On Monday 28th August, it’s the turn of the Junior Classic TT race, Superbike Classic TT Race, MGP Newcomers race and the Lap of Honour for post-1975 retro bikes.
There’s also the huge Festival of Jurby on Sunday 27th August, which sees thousands of bike fans enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of hundreds of rare and exotic racing and touring bikes. Often attracting over 10,000 spectators, the festival event plays host to over 5000 bikes and historical vehicles – as well as being a magnet for racing stars from motorcycling history. There’s live music as well as retail and food stands.
The Classic TT presented by Bennetts action begins on Monday 21st August. For more information, click HERE.