Classic Racer - - PADDOCK GOSSIP -

Af­ter a week of qual­i­fy­ing for the com­peti­tors the Clas­sic TT re­ally comes to life on Fri­day, Au­gust 25 when the Pad­dock Car­ni­val kicks off at the TT Grand­stand, with eight-time TT win­ner Char­lie Wil­liams as MC. On stage be­hind the Grand­stand, in a se­ries of chat shows, will be six-time world cham­pion Jim Red­man and for­mer Honda fac­tory rider Stu­art Gra­ham, as well as mod­ern day TT stars John Mcguin­ness, Dean Har­ri­son, Michael Dun­lop and James Hil­lier. In Nobles Park there will be a car and mo­tor­cy­cle Con­cours d’el­e­gance, as well as fam­ily fair­ground rides and en­ter­tain­ment. The Clas­sic TT Pad­dock Car­ni­val runs from mid­day kicks and is free to en­ter. 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, Au­gust 25 as part of this year’s Clas­sic TT Pad­dock Car­ni­val be­hind the TT Grand­stand. 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. On the 60th an­niver­sary of Bob Mcin­tyre’s first 100mph lap of the TT Moun­tain Cir­cuit, Michael Dun­lop will pay trib­ute to the achieve­ment with a cel­e­bra­tion lap, dressed in pe­riod cloth­ing, on board an iden­ti­cal dust­bin faired Gil­era recre­ated by Kay Engi­neer­ing. On Sun­day the ac­tion moves to the north of the is­land with the hugely suc­cess­ful Vin­tage Mo­tor Cy­cle Club Manx Sec­tion Fes­ti­val of Jurby, which has rapidly grown to be the Isle of Man’s largest one-day event and of­fers en­ter­tain­ment for the whole fam­ily. On Sun­day evening in the VIP hos­pi­tal­ity area fans will get the op­por­tu­nity to min­gle with TT stars past and present dur­ing the RST Clas­sic TT He­roes Din­ner. The three-course meal is in­ter­spersed by a se­ries of in­ter­views. In what may be a once-in-a-life­time op­por­tu­nity for fans a gen­uine Honda-6 will com­plete a lap of the TT Moun­tain Cir­cuit in the hands of two-time TT win­ner Steve Plater. On Mon­day, Au­gust 28 the iconic Honda, the only sur­viv­ing RC165 out­side of Honda’s own mu­seum, owned by Team Ob­so­lete’s Rob Ian­nucci, who has shipped it all the way from the USA, will at­tempt to do the first com­plete lap of the 37.73 mile long TT course since the fac­tory riders, Jim Red­man, Stu­art Gra­ham and Mike Hailwood used them in anger. Rob Ian­nucci com­mented on the his­tory mak­ing oc­ca­sion: “Team Ob­so­lete has been rac­ing clas­sic bikes since 1978 and has now com­peted in 1500 races with 50 riders. Our vic­tory in the 1984 His­toric TT, and the 1989 Manx GP Milne Shield, sealed our love for the Moun­tain Cir­cuit, which rep­re­sents the ul­ti­mate chal­lenge. We have made 26 starts in all, with two wins and two fastest laps. “The Clas­sic TT has now emerged as the crown jewel of clas­sic mo­tor­cy­cle sport world­wide. We are hon­oured to have re­ceived an in­vi­ta­tion ev­ery year since its in­cep­tion to share our his­toric bikes with our friends. All of us come be­cause we must. Re­gard­less of where we hail from, we are all drawn to some­thing very spe­cial. We all know that we be­long here. We see it in each other’s faces and we feel it in our bones.”

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