John McGuinness might not be racing at this year’s the Classic TT, but that won’t stop him setting up his motorhome residence on the island for the full two weeks and taking full advantage of the festival atmosphere…
“I won’t be riding at the Classic TT this year but me and the troops will be on the island for a couple of weeks. It’s ideal that it falls during the summer holidays so the kids can come without getting grief from the school and the whole family brings their tents and caravans. It’s such a brilliant event and a great atmosphere, I can’t imagine not going.
“Last year was really special as I got my first ever Classic TT win in the Bennetts Senior Classic TT Race on the Roger Winfield Paton. I might have 23 TT wins to my name but getting my first Classic win was just as satisfying! I’ll be supporting the team from the grandstand this year, which will definitely feel a bit weird, but I know that the show has to go on.
“It does mean that I’ll be taking full advantage of the party atmosphere – starting with the Paddock Carnival on Friday. I love the laid-back vibe of the Classic and we always go all out on the fancy dress. This year’s theme is 50s/60s so I’m sure I’ll be sporting some dapper get-up for that – somehow incorporating the frame on my leg! I’ll be doing a book signing on the Bennetts stand at 10am on Saturday 26 August and then I’ll be officially starting the Classic TT Senior Race.
On Sunday, we’ll more than likely head over to the Festival of Jurby then I’ll be a guest at the Classic TT Heroes Dinner in the evening. Other than that, I’ll be going with the flow of the event, soaking up the atmosphere, meeting the fans and spending some time with my family and friends. To say we’ve had a tough year is an understatement, so this is much-needed chill time.”