Posted: 13 Aug 2013
The Isle of Man Classic TT kicks off next week and classic motorcycle racing fans are preparing to descend on the island for the ultimate TT nostalgia. Here’s our guide to the event to ensure you make the most of your Classic TT experience.
Prepare for all weather!
Without going into too much detail, the Isle of Man is a small island and is therefore susceptible to rapid and extreme weather changes. As shown by the TT races year after year!
The Isle of Man has a higher average rainfall than the rest of the British Isles, so we’d advise bringing along your wet weather gear – even if the sun is shining! If you’re planning on watching the races from higher ground, make sure you bring warm clothing too, as it’s bound to be much colder than on the mainland.
If you’re not riding your motorcycle to the TT races this year, you’d be wise to check out the options for getting around the island before you arrive. Sure, there will be taxis in most towns and villages, but with 40,000 visitors set to descend on the island you'll want to make sure you have all your transport requirements covered!
Travel and accommodation
If you’ve yet to book a hotel on the island, you might struggle at this late stage– unless you have your name down on a cancellations list! One of the only available options for accommodation now is camping on one of the 22 campsites located across the island.
Today’s camping options come in many different forms – there’s basic-tent-in-a-field camping or even ‘glamping’, which can include a large luxury tent complete with bathroom facilities! If you’re thinking of camping, be sure to research the campsite beforehand, so you don’t get any unexpected surprises on arrival! Visit IOMTT Breaks for more information about specific campsites.
Another slightly unusual option for accommodation is the Homestay scheme, which was set-up by the Isle of Man government and allows local residents who are registered on to the scheme to accommodate tourists and festival-goers during events. Visit www.visitisleofman.com/accommodation/homestay.xml for more information.
Tickets and viewing
Tickets are still available for both the Classic TT and the Manx Grand Prix running alongside the event, Grandstand tickets for the Classic cost between £3-10 depending on the day, so are an absolute bargain!
If you’d like to be wined and dined and visit the event in style, you can buy a Classic TT hospitality package for just £180!
Tickets can be purchased here: http://shop.iomtt.com/Classic-TT-Tickets
Racing kicks off on Saturday 24th August with the 500 Classic TT race. The 350cc and 250cc Classic races are to take place on Monday 26th August as well as the Formula 1, Formula 2 and Formula Classic TT races.
Throughout the weekend there will be parade laps of the circuit, with the one to watch out for being the Classic TT Classic Racer Parade at 10:15 on Bank Holiday Monday, with huge names such as Giacomo Agostini, Phil Read and current King of the Mountain, John McGuinness.
There’s lots of non-racing entertainment planned for the event, with live music, chat shows and more on the stage. You can also attend the TT Heroes dinner, hosted by Neil Hodgson with a whole host of special guests including TT stars past and present. Tickets can be purchased for £100 here.
A slightly cheaper option is the Ace Cafe Classic TT Party, scheduled to take place on Saturday night with live music and special guests. Tickets can be purchased for £20 here.
Mobile coverage on the Isle of Man is provided by Manx Telecom, and in order for your mobile phone to receive these services on the island, an appropriate mobile agreement will need to have been set-up between Manx Telecom and your own mobile operator.
For pay monthly mobiles, roaming agreements already exist with the major UK operators, including 02, Vodafone, T-Mobile and Orange so if you are with one of these operators, you will be able to use your mobile on the Isle of Man. For visitors with pay-as-you-go mobiles, Manx Telecom can offer roaming facilities to customers of O2, T-Mobile, Hutchison 3G UK and Orange.
Regardless of the mobile phone you have, you should be wary of the roaming charges you will be subject to if making calls from the Isle of Man. Check with your mobile operator for more information.