ONE of the all-time most dramatic TT races is to be re-enacted as a part of the Classic TT which runs along side next year’s 90th anniversary Manx Grand Prix.
The classic TT, which runs over the August bank holiday weekend and features racing on Saturday and Monday as well as Sunday’s Vintage Motorcycle Club Festival of Jurby, will feature the 1967 Senior TT race as the event’s theme.
This was a battle between top riders of the day, MV rider Giacomo Agostini and Honda rider Mike Hailwood and will be recreated in a parade on Saturday August 25 with Agostini himself and current top man John McGuinness.
The main paddock area behind the TT Grandstand will be the focus for a variety of events with an emphasis on the 1960s theme including displays from the vintage motorcycle and classic car clubs, collections of racing motorcycles as well as chat shows and autograph signings with the most famous riders on a new stage area.
Historic race footage will be played on the big screen and live music from the 60s will also be featured.
There will be an emphasis on family entertainment with vintage fairground rides and a Punch and Judy show and fans will be encouraged to attend in 60s-style fancy dress.
Modern racing will take place on the Wednesday and Friday of race week, featuring all the same classes as previously and this too will be complemented by a variety of events and activities, not to mention a catering village, beer tent, sales area, live music and a photograph exhibition laid on by Mortons Media archive. There will also be an authentic 1960s cocoa tent, which was a regular feature of the TT paddock in days gone by.
In the 1967 parade re-enactment, Agostini will be riding his famous 500cc MV Agusta and 19-times winner McGuinness, complete with Hailwood replica leathers and helmet will ride a copy of the Hailwood Honda four-cylinder RC181.
The Vintage Motor Cycle Club will play an integral role in the Classic TT with their members taking part in a closed road parade lap on Saturday 24 prior the 500cc Classic TT Race. The VMCC will also be organising the increasingly popular Festival of Jurby, on Sunday August 25, with parade laps, exhibitions, family entertainment, live music and air displays.
Both the classic and modern races will be organised by the Manx Motor Cycle Club while the government’s Department of Economic Development has started a programme to generate more revenue from the Classic TT races.
The Classic TT and Manx Grand Prix modern races will together form the Isle of Man Festival of Motorcycling which will feature races and parade laps as well as the Classic TT lap of honour and VMCC parade lap.
A new range of official Classic TT merchandise is now on sale. Isle of Man based Motorsport Merchandise has Classic TT jackets, fleeces, T-shirts, polo shirts, hats and beanies, and a special poster has been commissioned, based on the original 1967 TT Races poster. The poster is limited to 2013 copies and is on sale for £10.
The official Isle of Man Festival of Motorcycling programme pack, will include a commemorative Classic TT Race Guide, based on the original 1967 TT version. It will also include the MGP Race Guide and souvenir festival programme, and will go on sale in August 2013 priced at £10.