Paddock Carnival set to be a belting start to Classic TT
The Classic TT presented by Bennetts is set to burst into life on Friday 26th 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 27th and Monday 29th August.
Eight time TT Race winner Charlie Williams will be the host for the day, which will feature upbeat music from local Jazz combo the Manx Jazz Aces, who will be performing two shows on the stage behind the grandstand.
The packed line up, which is free to attend, will also include a solo appearance by Barrule’s Jamie Smith as well as the ever-popular Graeme Hardy offering up his uncanny George Formby tribute, complete with ‘Shuttleworth Snap’.
The stage behind the grandstand will also play host to a series of chat shows with motorcycling legends who will be on the Island for the Classic TT including World Formula 1 Championship winner and three time TT Race winner Graeme Crosby, and WSB race winner Pierfrancesco ‘Frankie’ Chili as well as current TT stars John McGuinness, Dean Harrison, Michael Dunlop and Bruce Anstey amongst others.
The Purple Helmets stunt show will be bringing their riotous antics to pit lane with their heady mixture of the spectacular and farcical while Bruce Anstey has been known to join their ranks for guest appearances.
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. Categories include ‘Best Racing Motorcycle and Best Classic and Vintage Road Motorcycle as well as three categories for cars - pre 1946, 1946-68 and 1969-86) this is over on Noble’s Park. Anyone wishing to enter should bring their machine to the grandstand from 12 noon on Friday.
Isle of Man based event organisers Fairplay will be bringing their family fairground rides and entertainment to Nobles Park to ensure fun for all ages while there will also be plenty of opportunities for refreshments and local ice cream to revive flagging tots.
David Cretney, the Isle of Man Government’s representative for Tourism and Motorsport commented:
“We have created a packed programme of entertainment for both visitors and residents of all ages as part of a programme to grow and promote the Classic TT Festival. The entertainment schedule has been put together to offer something for everyone, not just motorbike fans, and I hope as many people as possible come down and enjoy the free day.”