|Visitors Still Flock During MGP Week|
|The Manx Grand Prix might have been cancelled but
motorcyclists have still flocked to the Island during
what would have been Manx Race week.
Visitors enjoyed a warm and sunny bank holiday, which
proved to be a motorbike fanatic's paradise.
Both modern and classic machines could be seen all
over the Island - something which didn't go unnoticed
by former Manx Grand Prix rider and current Tourism
and Leisure Minister David Cretney.
He said: 'It was very good to see so many
motorcyclists joining us on the Island to spend a
holiday in our lovely home.
'The smell of Castrol R was in abundance as some
lovely vintage bikes took to the course bringing back
so many good memories. I would like to say that we
hope they all enjoy their stay and we look forward to
welcoming them all and so many others back to the Isle
of Man during 2002.'
With all road racing events cancelled in the Island
this year, as a precaution against foot-and-mouth, the
past few days have been one of the few occasions to
savour for bike fans.
The 29th annual Vintage Motorcycle Club Manx Rally
proved to be a success despite a slightly lower
attendance than normal.
One hundred and eighty machines entered for the
extravaganza with riders enjoying events around the
Joint secretary Les Wilson, who organises the event
with his brother Bob, hopes the 30th rally next year
will be even more special with 400 bikes taking part.
Steam Packet communications manager Geoff Corkish said
more than 1,000 bikes had come to the Island.
He said: 'It's nice to see those people coming back.
Many of them are regulars and it is nice to see them
keeping faith with the Isle of Man.'
The Manx Grand Prix was due to be held between August
18 and 31, but was scrapped along with the TT and the
Southern 100 because of the threat of foot-and-mouth
which is continuing to spread in the UK.