Classic cars tackle hill climbs around the Isle of Man

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The Manx Classic sprint and hill climb fires into life today (Thursday) with the Governor’s Sprint based around the TT Grandstand and Governor’s Bridge areas.

The three-day event, for vintage, classic and modern sports cars, continues tomorrow on a new course at Creg Willy’s, near Glen Helen, and comes to a climax with the traditional Lhergy Frissell Hillclimb starting on the outskirts of Ramsey, taking in the Hairpin and Gooseneck on Saturday.

The entry includes more than 30 pre-War vintage cars, supplemented by a great selection of classics from the 1960s and 1970s, plus a good number of modern high-performance machines.

Practising for the Governor’s Sprint continues this afternoon until 3pm, with timed runs this evening between 6pm and 9.30pm. The road will be closed from the TT Grandstand to Governor’s Bridge, taking in the Dip and the old course as far as the Nook.

Spectators are welcome to watch at the TT Grandstand, where there is a static display of cars in the paddock in addition to the start of the event from pit lane.

Friday will see a change from the regular hillclimb at the Sloc to a new 1.45-mile stretch of the TT Course from Glen Mooar, though the Glen Helen section, climbing Creg Willy’s, past Sarah’s Cottage, finishing on Cronk-y-Voddy straight.

The road will be closed between Ballig Bridge and Cronk-y-Voddy crossroads from 9.15am to no later than 4.30pm.

A section of the Mountain Course will also be closed on Saturday for the final leg of the Manx Classic to accommodate the Lhergy Frissell Hillclimb.

The 1.48-mile climb starts from a point below Stella Maris on the outskirts of Ramsey, through the famous Hairpin, Waterworks and Gooseneck sections, finishing on the approach to the 26th Milestone, otherwise known as Joey’s.

The section of road between Ramsey and the Bungalow will be closed between 9.15am and 5pm.

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