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19 August - 01 September 2017

The Classic TT Presented By Bennetts

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.

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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.

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Classic TT Events

25th August
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The Classic TT bursts into life on Friday 25th August with the now traditional ‘Paddock Carnival’ at the TT Grandstand ahead of the evening’s final qualifying session and the two race days on Saturday 26th and Monday 28th August. Eight time TT Race winner Charlie Williams will be the host for the day...which will feature live music from the 50’s and 60’s including a performance from the award winning Blue Jays who will be headlining Saturday night’s Classic TT Party.

The stage behind the grandstand will play host to a series of chat shows with motorcycling legends who will be on the Island for the Classic TT including 6 time world champion Jim Redman and former Honda factory rider Stuart Graham as well as modern day TT stars such as John McGuinness, Dean Harrison, Michael Dunlop and James Hillier among others.

Visitors to the Classic TT celebrations will have the chance to enjoy the spectacular Concours d’Elegance, which will be held in Nobles Park, with both cars and bikes on display as well as family fairground rides and entertainment in Nobles Park.

The Classic TT Paddock Carnival kicks off at 1200hrs and is free to enter.

25th August
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The Classic TT organisers are inviting prestigious car and bike owners to display their machines in the 2017 Classic TT Concours d’Elegance, which is taking place on Friday 25th August as part of this year’s Classic TT Paddock Carnival behind the TT Grandstand.Individual trophies for five categories will be awarded for ‘the Best Racing Motorcycle in Show’ and ‘Best Classic and Vintage Road Motorcycle in Show’, the ‘Best Car in Show pre 1946’, the ‘Best Car in Show 1946-68’ and the ‘Best Car in Show 1969-86’. As well as the Trophy, each winner will also receive a pair of tickets to VIP hospitality on a Classic TT Race Day.

The Concours D’Elegance takes place between 1200hrs and 1500hrs in Nobles Park and individual owners and car and bike clubs are invited to assemble from noon to display their vehicles. Judging will take place at 3pm and the winners will be announced on the Classic TT Stage shortly after.

The Concours d’Elegance concept can be traced back to 17th century French aristocracy who paraded horse drawn carriages in the parks of Paris during Summer weekends and holidays. Over time, carriages became horseless and the gatherings became a competition among automobile owners to be judged on the appearance of their automobiles.

26th August
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One of the most historic moments in Isle of Man TT history will be celebrated at this year’s Classic TT presented by Bennett’s, with the 60th anniversary of the first 100mph lap of the iconic Mountain Course, providing the platform for a weekend of motorcycling themed nostalgic entertainment. On Saturday 26th August, the clock will be turned back to the time when Scotsman Bob McIntyre made history, recording the first 100mph lap of the 37 and ¾ mile TT Mountain Course on his way to victory in the 1957 Senior TT Race.


Michael Dunlop will pay tribute to McIntyre’s achievement with a uniquely spectacular celebration lap, complete with replica kit and on board an identical dustbin faired Gilera, meticulously recreated by Kay Engineering. 


26th August
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Racing rivalries will then be put aside on Saturday evening as the riders mingle with fans at the Classic TT Party.

Held in the VIP Hospitality Suite at the TT Grandstand, this year’s TT Party will all be about vintage tea dresses, swing skirts, classic suits and nerd glasses, as we go back to the 1950s and celebrate the era of TT icon Bob McIntyre.

Back by popular demand, the Blue Jays will be providing an authentic soundtrack guaranteed to have you beating a path to the dance floor, playing all the hits from Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly and many more.

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27th August
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Sunday sees attention switching from the Mountain to the north of the Island and the Vintage Motor Cycle Club Festival of Jurby.

Now firmly established as a highlight of the weekend, the Festival regularly attracts over 10,000 fans, many astride a heady mix of unusual, iconic, long forgotten or instantly recognisable bikes as they put their machines on show alongside some of the greatest names in motorcycle racing history.

27th August
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Held in the VIP Hospitality Suite, Sunday evening’s RST Classic TT Heroes Dinner sees today’s leading TT riders joined by a whole host of legendary names from the world of motorcycling as well as Isle of Man TT history as they recall stories from the past and mingle with their fans.

A sumptuous three-course meal is interspersed by a series of interviews with some of the biggest names in motorcycling in what is the ultimate event for the autograph hunters amongst you!

With tickets now available for either individual seats or complete tables, this is perhaps the ultimate chance for fans to join with so many famous names for an unforgettable evening.


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28th August
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The legendary TT Mountain Course will reverberate to one of the most distinctive racing sounds from the 1960s at this year’s Classic TT Races presented by Bennetts as the iconic 250cc Honda-6 will complete a demonstration lap around the 37.73-mile circuit on Monday 28th August, the second race day of this year’s Classic TT meeting.

Owned by Team Obsolete’s Rob Iannucci, the ‘Six’ is the first example of Honda’s ground-breaking machine and is the only surviving RC165. Jim Redman first rode it, followed by Stuart Graham before Mike Hailwood took it to victory in the 1966 Czechoslovakian Grand Prix.

The ‘Six’ was one of the most interesting and most technically advanced racing motorcycles of its time and was built to put a stop to the run of victories for the 250cc Yamaha which, in the hands of Phil Read, won the 1964 and 1965 250cc World Championships.


 Ex-factory Honda rider Steve Plater, winner of the 2009 Senior TT Race and current presenter on the TT and Classic TT ITV4 highlights programmes, will ride the bike with the Lincolnshire rider completing a demonstration lap on Monday 28th August, ahead of the Motorsport Merchandise Superbike Classic TT Race.

Team Obsolete owner Robert Iannucci has supported the Classic TT with a series of iconic bikes with Mountain Circuit connections since the event was established in 2013 and both Redman and Graham will attend the Classic TT to talk about their experiences with the bikes.

28th August
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When the racing is done the only way to finish the Classic TT festival is with the ultimate closing party which takes place in VIP Hospitality Suite on the evening of Monday 28th.

New for this year, you can mingle with the teams and riders – celebrate their wins, their podiums and their awards or just enjoy their tales of derring do and near misses as they receive their rewards for their Mountain Course efforts.

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