Huge crowds, stun­ning bikes, rac­ing celebri­ties and Mcguin­ness’ first ever crash on the TT course

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week in MCN - By Stephen Dav­i­son MCN ROADS RAC­ING RE­PORTER

The Isle of Man has rapidly be­come al­most as fa­mous for the fes­ti­val of clas­sic rac­ing that de­scends on the le­gendary is­land each Au­gust as it is for the TT races that put it on the map. The week­end saw some stun­ning re­sults too, with Mcguin­ness go­ing from zero to hero, and An­stey smash­ing the 250 lap record.

The fourth Clas­sic TT fes­ti­val proved to be a huge hit with thou­sands trav­el­ling to the Isle of Man to watch TT stars of past and present race the Moun­tain course on his­toric race ma­chin­ery.

Cur­rent TT favourites such as John Mcguin­ness, Bruce An­stey, Michael and Wil­liam Dun­lop, Michael Rut­ter, Dean Har­ri­son, Conor Cum­mins, Gary John­son and Cameron Don­ald bat­tled it out on 250cc, 350cc, 500cc and su­per­bike ma­chin­ery on the fa­mous 37.73-mile Moun­tain cir­cuit.

They were joined by stars from the past, too. Steve Plater, Brian Reid, Graeme Crosby, Mick Grant, Char­lie Williams and Phillip Mc­callen, plus three-times world cham­pion Fred­die Spencer and World Su­per­bike leg­end Pier­francesco Chili, who took part in pa­rade laps and meet the fans events on a va­ri­ety of his­toric ma­chines.

Over 15,000 peo­ple at­tended a huge dis­play of vin­tage mo­tor­cy­cles at Jurby air­field on Sun­day, with hun­dreds of clas­sic era ma­chines cir­cu­lat­ing on the air­field track be­neath a dis­play of WWII air­craft.

Run in con­junc­tion with the Manx Grand Prix races, the event has at­tracted the top clas­sic race bike builders in a bid to claim vic­tory in the world’s great­est test of ma­chin­ery. For 2016 a 250cc race was in­tro­duced for the first time, with Bruce An­stey claim­ing vic­tory from the field of 55 en­tries.

Graeme Hardy gets into the spirit of the Clas­sic TT with his Ge­orge Formby trib­ute For­mer WSB hero Chili leads three times Grand

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