2018 Classic TT | The BikeSocial Highlights Show

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By Michael Mann
MannOnABike BikeSocial's Web Editor. Been riding bikes since 1984 and writing about them since 2013. Commuted in Central London for 10 years, fast and smooth road rider, does a reasonable job in a track day quick group. 6 ft and 14 st.

Welcome to our video coverage of the 2018 Bennetts Classic TT, hosted by two-time TT winner Steve Plater, alongside BikeSocial’s Michael Mann and Chris Newble as we get behind-the-scenes, talk the riders, organisers, teams plus get involved with the marshals. Stay tuned as we present 4 episodes from across the Classic TT weekend, part of the Isle of Man's Festival of Motorcycling.

Coming up in Episode 1:

  • Chris chats to 23-time Isle of Man TT winner John McGuinness about returning to competitive racing 15 month’s on from his accident.
  • Steve takes a closer look at an original Manx Norton and discusses why it can now achieve a 110mph lap more than 60 years after making its debut when it couldn’t make three figures.
  • Some of the top riders including Dean Harrison, Josh Brookes and Gary Johnson give us their pre-Superbike practice opinions just minutes before they head down Bray Hill.
  • Plus, a run-down of the top times from all four classes after Friday evenings session.

Join us for episode two as the racing begins, starting with the Bennetts Senior Classic TT and the Dunlop Lightweight Classic TT, both over four laps of the iconic 37.73-mile Mountain course on the Isle of Man.

See Episode 1 here:

 

2018 Classic TT Show - Friday
Steve Plater, Michael Mann and Chris Newble discuss the happenings around the Isle of Man Classic TT paddock on Friday 24th August

 

Episode 2:

  • Racing gets underway and we talk to the winners of the Senior and Lightweight races
  • Michael poses with the race trophy’s
  • Chris volunteers to help Maria Costello with both her pit board and Christmas tree requirements
  • John McGuinness pays tribute to Mike Hailwood’s 1978 Ducati comeback win and looks resplendent in a set of replica leathers
  • And, Steve prizes some top gossip from the 23-time TT winner...

Join us tomorrow for Episode 3 tomorrow when we pack our wellies and brollies and head north to the Festival of Jurby plus Chris wears an orange vest and eats pizza in a bus stop.

2018 Classic TT Show - Saturday
Steve Plater, Michael Mann and Chris Newble discuss the happenings around the Isle of Man Classic TT paddock on Saturday 25th August

Episode 3:

  • Chris goes marshalling and picks up a barrier
  • Michael chats to Team Classic Suzuki and picks up a car
  • Rachael eats cake with Conor Cummins
  • And Steve takes the day off

Join us tomorrow for our fourth and final episode tomorrow as racing returns to the Isle of Man with the Locate.im Junior Classic TT and RST Superbike races. Rachael becomes a Scout and Michael takes the 2003 ex-John McGuinness ValMoto Triumph Daytona on the Lap of Honour. Weather permitting.

2018 Classic TT Show - Sunday
Steve Plater, Michael Mann and Chris Newble discuss the happenings around the Isle of Man Classic TT paddock on Sunday 26th August

 

Episode 4: 

Welcome to the fourth and final episode of our coverage from the 2018 Bennetts Classic TT, hosted by two-time TT winner Steve Plater, alongside BikeSocial’s Michael Mann and Chris Newble.

Coming up in the show:

  • Steve stands on a kerb (and is still shorter than Conor Cummins)
  • Rachael joins the Scouts
  • Michael takes the ex-McGuinness ValMoto Triumph for a spin in the Lap of Honour
  • TT Manager, Paul Phillips, talks about the future of the Classic TT
  • And we talk about the Junior and Superbike races

Thank you for joining us over these last four days and we hope to be back with an even bigger and better show next year. If there’s anything you’d like to see more or less of then let us know.

NB: we’re not able to use any race footage until the ITV4 shows have aired (Wednesday and Thursday) and we understand about the sound levels. A two-man crew have filmed, recorded sound and edited four shows in four days.

2018 Classic TT Show - Monday
Steve Plater, Michael Mann and Chris Newble discuss the happenings around the Isle of Man Classic TT paddock on Monday 27th August.
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