This year, the Classic TT, part of the Isle of Man Festival of Motorcycling, celebrated its fifth birthday. It’s come a long way in five years, but it still causes much debate and controversy, far more than it warrants on the controversy front! So, for the first time I’ll let you in to a secret. It was originally my idea. Sort of. It’s fairly common knowledge that I have worked to help Paul Phillips and his small but perfectly formed team at the Isle of Man Department of Economic Development, from the inception of the Classictt, and I guess taken a little flack along the way. When Paul approached me to ask about the viability of such an event, some 18 months before the first Classictt was born, and to check if I would support such a thing if it was to happen, he was a little taken aback by my enthusiasm, but he accepted my help and input with open arms. What he didn’t know before our first conversation on the subject was that I had been there before, some time before in fact! Growing tired of watching the entries for the classic races at the Manx Grand Prix dwindle, the final straw for me came when someone involved in the running of the event told me “the classic scene was dying”. Most people in the hobby and readers of this magazine in particular, know my passion for all things classic and especially classic racing, so this was a red rag to a bull. At a meeting I organised with several of the Manx Motorcycle Club Committee in the Island, I offered my services and the strength of Classic Racer to get behind anything that could revive classic racing on the greatest 37.73 miles of tarmac in the world. Initially this idea seemed to meet with a positive response. As history shows, nothing came of it, and obviously when Paul approached me I jumped at the chance. I had seen the positive changes that had been made to thett races and could see a bright future for the Manx Grand Prix as a result of the new-look Classictt. Five years’ success is clear to see, at least to those who want to see it.the classic races work; okay they aren’t perfect, what in life is? But they are a great spectacle and more importantly they have brought new money to the Island’s economy, something absolutely essential to preserve the future of the Manx Grand Prix. My wish for the future is an appreciation of what the Festival of Motorcycling, and the increased publicity and exposure that goes with it, has done to raise the interest in the Manx Grand Prix, and a more harmonious relationship between all those involved. After all, we are all in this game for the same reason – a love of the greatest sport in the world, run on the greatest race circuit known to man.