The Classic TT is a natural spin-off from the Isle of Man TT. It gives fans and enthusiasts the chance to experience the history of the world’s biggest motorcycle road race in real-time.
Stars of today’s TT race on the famous Mountain Course riding bikes that would otherwise be confined to museums and private collections.
Seeing Michael Dunlop at full speed on an MV Agusta or Bruce Anstey thrashing a Yamaha YZR 500 two-stroke GP bike on the hallowed tarmac of the TT course is like a dream come true for the growing number of spectators who make a trip to the Classic TT an essential part of their road racing year.
Although the racing is spectacular – and sounds amazing too – there’s a lot more to the Classic TT than the on-track action. Fans flock to the grandstand paddock carnival to mingle, enjoy the entertainment, soak-up the friendly and laid back atmosphere, check out the concours d’elegance and browse the many trade stands.
There’s also the huge Festival of Jurby, which sees tens of thousands of local and visiting bike fans rejoicing in the sights and sounds of hundreds of rare and exotic racing and touring bikes of all vintages parading on the former Second World War airbase.
In the evenings there’s the choice of the Classic TT Party for those who like to slick back the quiff and pull on the blue suede shoes to cut a dash on the dancefloor, or the TT Heroes Dinner for the chance to dine with like-minded fans of real road racing and hear from some of the biggest stars in recent TT history.
With the slightly more sedate pace of the programme compared to June’s flat-out and hectic TT, the Classic TT has proved a great hit with family visitors, as well as those who prefer to set their own tempo. It’s also a big draw for restorers, owners and riders of classic and vintage machinery. It’s definitely a motorcycling event that should be on any bike fan’s bucket-list.