Festival of Motorcycling

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We head back to the Isle of Man for more racing action over the 37¾mile Mountain circuit, when the Isle of Mans Festival of Motorcycling bursts into life. The first festival of motorcycling took place in 2013. 

The Festival of Motorcycling is Consisting of :-

• The Manx Grand Prix (MGP)
• Classic TT
• Manx 2 day trial
• Classic 2 day trial
• The Vintage Motor Cycle Club Rally
• The Festival of Jurby

Whether you’re into off-road, classic or modern race bikes there really is something for every motorcycle enthusiast.

This year sees the introduction of a new ‘Nostalgia Day’ at the Manx Grand Prix paddock on Saturday, August 27, and the Manx Grand Prix Festival ‘Party on the Prom’ on Tuesday, August 30.

The Nostalgia Day’ at the Grandstand, which is free to enter including free parking in Noble' s Park, will include a vintage car display by the Manx Classic Car Club, Chris Wilson’s collection of prestigious classic racing bikes, the Morton’s ‘Magic Moments of the Mountain’ – a showcase of some of the best images from the rich archive of the UK’s leading Classic Bike publishers - and a live performance from the Manx Jazz Aces who will be playing throughout the day.

TT racers John McGuinness, Keith Amor and Dave Molyneux will all be on hand to meet fans and sign memorabilia. Fans will also have a chance to get a close look at the Classic racing bikes taking part in this week’s Manx Grand Prix races in the Bonham’s Classic GP Paddock, including John Sims' 3 XR69 Suzukis, Yamahas, Kawasakis and Hondas that will sit alongside machines from evocative manufacturers such as BSA, Aermacchi, Norton, Seeley and Paton.

Also new to the MGP Festival Schedule is the ‘Party on the Prom’ night. This event kicks off at 4pm on Douglas promenade and will include The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Concours d’Elegance run by the Isle of Man branch of the Vintage Motorcycle Club. It features a static display of many of the classic and vintage bikes that will be parading round the Isle of Man during the festival.

The bikes will assemble at the War Memorial at 4pm with judging from 6pm and a prize giving at 6.45pm with an overall prize of a return ferry ticket for two people with a bike for next year’s festival. Entries are open in Classic, Vintage, Custom and Competition categories and people are encouraged to bring their machines down and enter their ‘pride and joy’.

The evening will also feature a live music and chat show in the MGP Fans Beer Tent, with modern TT racer Conor Cummins joined by former World Champion Brian Reid, MGP and TT winner Richard ‘Milky’ Quayle, 14-time TT sidecar winner Dave Molyneux and current TT and MGP competitor and double TT winner Ryan Farquhar, who also holds six MGP titles.

Also on the line up is a spectacular beach race along Douglas beach with some of the Island’s leading bike competitors rumoured to be taking part. Practices for the Beach Race start at 6.30pm with racing from 7pm.

The MGP Fans beer tent, run by the Outback, features more than 100 local and guest beers, ciders and stouts and is open from Friday, August 26 to Friday, September 2.

Isle of Man Tourism Political Member Geoff Corkish said:

"We are continuing our plans to develop the whole festival side of the Manx Grand Prix to build some exciting events to entertain both visitors and residents off the track. We are confident that we have some excellent entertainment to match the track action."

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Manx Grand Prix (MGP)

Held traditionally at the end of August or beginning of September, the Manx Grand Prix is the quieter, more relaxed cousin of the TT.
The MGP, which is organised by the Manx Motor Cycle Club, began life in 1923 as the 'Manx Amateur Road Races' before being renamed the Manx Grand Prix in 1930. The Manx Grand Prix began as a race for amateurs, organised specifically to counteract the muscling out of many competitors from the TT by professional racing teams.
Even now, many of the great MGP competitors go on to conquer TT races.
Taking place on the same Mountain circuit, though it consists of four-lap races instead of six, The races are separated into several classes:-

• MGP Newcomers
• Super Twin/Lightweight MGP
• Junior MGP
• The Senior MGP

What makes ‘The Manx’ such a unique event is the spirit of friendship and camaraderie amongst all those who’ve raced here. Everyone who’s ever taken part in a MGP event has set out to race hard, to deliver their very best performance, but also to experience a special racing event that has created so many long-standing friendships.

The MGP Riders’ Association was set up - over 40 years ago - to foster that spirit, and to make sure that sense of fellowship carries on, even when the racing is over for another year.
During race fortnight the MGPRA facilities behind the grandstand are open to all members, with food, drink and good conversation in plentiful supply.
All MGPRA members benefit from a newsletter twice-yearly, keeping them in touch with other members around the world.
The Association also awards the John Goodall spirit of the Manx trophy during the Manx GP, an award specifically intended to highlight those who display, in the opinion of MGPRA members, the true spirit of what makes MGP racing so special.
The MGP has historically made a good platform for talented riders to test their abilities before competing in the TT and other major events.


Classic TT Oval 

Classic TT

A celebration of classic motorcycles held over the Bank Holiday weekend at the end of August. A centrepiece of the new Isle of Man Festival of Motorcycling alongside the Manx Grand Prix.

This year's event takes place from 27th August 2016 to 29th August 2016.

The Classic TT has been a huge success story since its launch, bringing stars of the TT festival past and present together to race the Mountain course on a selection of older machinery. Where else can you see the TT’s current fastest man John McGuinness going head-to-head with fellow Mountain course champion Nick Jefferies on classic racing machines?
But, for many bike enthusiasts, a visit to the Isle of Man is not just about the racing action, it is about history you find around every bend.

To help bring the Festival of Motorcycling to a close there is a few trial events, these events explore a variety of stunning locations. Which range from the island’s spectacular coastal rocks and rolling hills, to the notoriously slippery streambeds.

Manx 2 Day Trials

The Manx 2 Day Trial 2016 - 27th and 28th August 2016.

Manx International Classic trial

This event started in 1996, celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year, the event will run over the weekend of 3rd and 4th September. Around 220 Competitors from all over the world bring a wide variety of classic machines. There are classes for Pre 65 and the slightly more modern Twinshock machinery with an option of riding the Premier or Clubman routes through the sections, but the main object is for everyone to enjoy a sociable, but non the less competitive, sporting weekend in our scenic countryside.
Souvenir programmes for the Classic Trial, giving details of routes, vantage points with easy access for spectators and a full list of competitors and their machines are included with your Festival of Motorcycling programme.

Vintage Motor Cycle Club

The VMCC Isle of Man Section is pleased to announce the 2016 VMCC Festival of Motorcycling (Manx) Rally
This Rally offers the greatest diversity of activities of any other Motorcycling Rally in the World and the 2016 Rally will be different, more enjoyable than past years, fantastic value for money and the planning is always being tweaked.
Covering seven days it offers social runs, a regularity run, concours events, a Gala Dinner and the VMCC Festival of Jurby. 

Thursday 25th August AM - Social run and lunch provided. Old Laxey Harbour from 10am.
Friday 28th August AM - Social run and lunch provided. ARE Classic Bike Collection, Kirk Michael from 9:30am
PM - Closed Roads Parade signing on, technical inspections and briefings. Ian Bradshaw centre from 12noon
Saturday 27th August PM - Closed Roads Parade
Sunday 28th August VMCC Festival of Jurby. Signing on from 8.30am. Please arrive early as failure to do so might result in losing one of your track sessions, the first track session will be at 9.30am. Lunch will be provided for all Jurby entrants.
Tuesday 30th August

AM - VMCC Regularity Run and "Concours on the Green" with cash prizes and trophies. Tynwald Green, St John's from 9:30am. Free lunch provided for entrants in marquee.


Thursday 1st September AM - Social road run with lunch. Port Erin sea front from 10am. Finish Mooragh Park, Ramsey for lunch and concours.
Evening - Gala Dinner & Prize Presentation at the Freemasons Hall, Douglas. Prize giving, guest speaker etc. Doors open 7.30pm for prompt 8pm start ticket holders only. Those wanting to come just for the Prize Presentation should arrive at 9.30pm, a pay bar is available.


Festival of Jurby

The Festival of Jurby is held on 28th August 2016
Thousands of people are expected to visit and enjoy the Festival of Jurby which can be found in the north of the island. The VMCC event typically features a series of parade laps by classic motorcycles, and some star riders. John McGuinness, Mick Grant, Nick Jefferies, Sammy Miller and Ryan Farquhar are names that have been known to attend.
There's also on-site catering at the food court.
Admission to the Festival of Jurby costs £5.
The Jurby Airfield Circuit is located just off the A14 Ballamenagh Road. The easiest way to reach the event is to follow the TT course in the normal direction to Sulby and turn left at the Sulby Glen pub and follow the A14 until you reach the airfield there is one main junction to negotiate but just go straight over the cross roads.