Blasts from the past

Motorcycle News (UK) - - 2016 Missions Spring Edition -

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.

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