Barely has the chequered flag been waved on the 2019 Isle of Man TT Races before attention turns to the Classic TT presented by Bennetts and the next instalment of Motorcycle themed festival entertainment on the Isle of Man.
After a week of qualifying, the four-day nostalgia fest bursts into action on Friday 23rd August with the now traditional ‘Paddock Carnival’ curtain raiser, with stunt shows including the perennially popular Purple Helmets, live music and chat shows direct from a new Classic TT Main Stage adjacent to the Trackside Bar, as well as a Show and Shine competition which will also feature live ‘start up’s’ as fans can enjoy the motorcycle assault on multiple senses.
Some of the world’s most iconic, era-defining motorcycles will be appearing in the four Classic TT Races – the Bennetts Senior, Dunlop Lightweight, Locate.im Junior and RST Superbike Races – while race fans can also enjoy the chance to celebrate Steve Hislop’s career through a parade lap by his friends and great rivals on the bikes that defined his career, as well as a pop-up museum display that charts the legendary Scottish rider’s career.
Another great name in the TT’s long history is Giacomo Agostini. The ten-time TT Race winner will be making personal appearances throughout the four days, with a paddock display and a parade lap, courtesy of Rob Ianucci’s Team Obsolete, featuring the MV Agusta marque that is so synonymous with the Italian ace.
Dick Shepherd’s eclectic Triumph collection will also be represented in the paddock, in a display that reflects the varied history of this great British manufacturer. The sheer breadth of machines, manufacturers and marques that comprise the Classic TT Races is also reflected in the Classic Racer Magazine Classic TT Lap of Honour - a veritable snapshot of Motorcycling history.
Nostalgia heads North on Sunday 25th with the VMCC’s Festival of Jurby, as many of the extensive collection of bikes are ridden round the former airfield or just parked up for people to enjoy up close and personal.
The VIP Hospitality Suite has a four-day programme that kicks off with stand-up comedy on Friday 23rd from a major name on the circuit, before attention switches to the track with exclusive Race Day Experiences on Saturday 24th and Monday 26th August, as well as the RST Classic TT Heroes Dinner on Sunday 25th August – your chance to meet Motorcycle legends past and present. There will also be tickets available to purchase for the Classic TT Prize Presentation and Closing Party, with trophies and awards presented to the stars of the 2019 Classic TT Races along with live music.
The retrospective look back isn’t just limited to racing, as the Counterfeit Stones bring their inimitable stage show to the VIP Suite on Saturday 24th August, playing their musical journey through five decades of instantly memorable and recognisable Rolling Stones tracks.
There’s also a celluloid reminiscence with the free Sundown Cinema in Nobles Park. Four big screen cinema screenings of films that provided a celluloid backdrop to the 80’s and 90’s – Back to the Future, The Commitments, Wayne’s World and Groundhog Day.
Tickets for the 2019 Classic TT are now on sale via the Official iomttraces.com website including Official Grandstand Tickets, VIP Hospitality Experiences, and Official Entertainment Events including the Counterfeit Stones Classic TT Party Performance. You can stay up to date with all the latest Classic TT news by subscribing to the Official Isle of Man TT Races Newsletter.