Following a successful first year in 2021, the Festival of Motoring is returning to bring some iconic classic cars to the island this weekend.
The festival takes place from Friday, September 16, to Sunday, September 18, with the Sloc road closing on the first day and part of the mountain road closing on the last day of the event to allow the cars exclusive runs of the roads.
Scenic car tours is organising the event. Its product and marketing manager, Bob Dole, said: ‘This year is the second year the event has taken place and we are expecting around 300 cars to attend the event including local enthusiasts and members of the Manx Classic car clubs.’
Alongside the Sloc runs, some attendees will also take part in track sessions in Jurby on Friday as well as getting the chance to visit the transport museum and the Isle of Man Motor Museum.
Saturday will see members of the public given the chance to view the impressive collection of cars as they are displayed along Loch Promenade from 10am to 4pm.
The ‘Sporting Bears’ will also be in attendance offering dream rides to attendees, with the money raised from the trips being donated to Wish Upon A Dream.
That evening, following a team ride from Laxey to the Bungalow, around 100 of the festival attendees will enjoy a ‘pie in the sky’ event at Victory Cafe including entertainment from local band The Fecktones with their combination of Ska Gypsy Folk, Balkan Celtic Rave and Sea Shanties.
The final day of the event has seen some activities change in response to the bank holiday for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II with a procession from Jurby to Ramsey replacing the original route starting at the TT Grandstand.
Members of the public will again have the opportunity to view the cars as they will be stationed along the Mooragh promenade in Ramsey from 11am to 2pm on Sunday. Following this display, attendees will be able to experience a close off drive across the mountain road before an afternoon tea at the Creg Ny Baa.
Events will culminate with a photo shoot in the TT pitlane and a gala dinner at the Palace Hotel featuring Retrospect, a local 11-piece function band.
Tickets for the event are still available on its website, www.iomfm.com, and road closures are listed as 9am to 4pm for the Sloc on Friday and 12.30pm to 3pm for the mountain road on Sunday.