Blasts from the past
Q Isle of Man Classic TT Q Travel and accommodation Q August 27-September 2 (race week) Q Isle of Man Q www.iomtt.com The Isle of Man Classic TT is the rebranding of the original Manx GP but has been revamped to boost grids, allow modern classic machines like the iconic superbikes of the 1980s and ’90s to race and has managed to not just bring in the crowds but also attracted top riders.
While the Isle of Man TT fortnight is still the biggest event of the year, the Classic TT is fast-becoming a massive draw in its own right, thanks to the nostalgia surrounding the bikes, the exciting racing and a more relaxed and inclusive atmosphere.
While finding somewhere to stay at a reasonable cost might be a fraction easier than during the TT festival, the racing is just as frantic, fascinating and incredible as the main event in June – it’s just the bikes are a bit older.
The most exciting bike news for 2016 is the return of full-blooded 250cc two-stroke competition bikes to the Mountain Course; the purest of racing bikes attacking the roads of the Isle of Man is one of those things in life you simply have to witness first hand.
There’s no getting away from the fact that getting to the Isle of Man can be expensive; ferries do cost a fair bit and flying means you have no transport the other end. But if you get organised and book ahead there are sometimes better deals to be had. The same goes for accommodation with many visitors booking the same place year after year, so get in early.