Ultimate Guide to the Classic TT

Author: Bike Social Posted: 21 Aug 2014

Practice for this weekend’s Classic TT is already well under way but it’s this bank holiday weekend thousands are expected to flock to the island for the all-important races. If there’s one tip we can give anybody heading to the Isle of Man, whether it’s for the TT or the Classic, it’s to make the most of every single moment you’re there. It might seem like home when you first roll off the Steam Packet Ferry but you’ll soon realise, the Isle of Man is a place where fairies are real, cats don’t have tails and you can ride a motorcycle as fast as you like (be sensible) on public roads. Here, we take a look at the key things you need to know about the 2014 Classic TT.


OK, so the most important thing you’ll need to know is when the racing is on, so whack these days and times into your diary:

Saturday 23rd August




Bennetts 500cc Classic TT



Monday 25th August

Okells 350cc Classic TT



Motorsport Merchandise Formula 1/2 Race



That’s not the only track action you’ll get to see though, there are Classic TT practice sessions scheduled across the weekend:

Friday 22nd August



Classic TT & Manx GP Practice Sessions


Saturday 23rd August

Classic TT F1, F2 & 350cc Practice Session


Manx Grand Prix Practice


Manx Grand Prix Practice


Monday 25th August

Manx Grand Prix Practice & Newcomers Race


There are also a number of parade laps over the weekend, including the Joey Dunlop Tribute Parade:

Saturday 23rd August

Rudge Anniversary/VMCC Parade Lap


Joey Dunlop Road Racing Legend Rivals Parade Lap


Monday 25th August

Classic TT Lap of Honour



Get involved with the fun and frolics

There’s a reason the Classic TT doesn’t have as packed a race schedule as the main event; it’s all about having fun. There are endless things to do across the Island, both official events organised by the event team and private events elsewhere.

Friday 22nd August is Classic TT Carnival day, there’s no racing and no track action until gone 6pm, so everybody dresses up in 1980’s attire and rocks up to the Grandstand to take the TT back to the classic era. Don’t be boring, play along and get a Classic TT themed photo with your favourite TT riders, even John McGuinness got involved last year!

On the evening of Saturday 23rd August there’s the annual TT party up at the TT grandstand, tickets are reasonably priced but sell quick. There’re live bands and all sorts like that but worry not if you miss out, there are some great venues on the Island that will hold events each night of the festival.

Sunday 24th August sees the Classic TT Heroes dinner: A black tie event with all your TT heroes. Unfortunately, tickets for this year have already sold out, but it’s always worth enquiring at the Grandstand to see if there are any going spare!


  • Don’t use your UK mobile if you want to avoid huge roaming charges! Manx Telecom offer week-long packages, including data if you’d like to use your phone at a more reasonable cost. They usually have a base at the Grandstand.
  • If you don’t have a bike or car with you, you’ll need to get around! Taxis on the Isle of Man aren’t particularly expensive, save a number in your phone or get a card to keep in your wallet! Buses and trains are good value too.
  • Choose where you’re going to watch from the day before the race and consult a programme on how to get to that part of the circuit. Don’t forget to check road closure times; if the roads are closed it can be hard to travel across the Island! Grandstand tickets may still be available.
  • With so many people visiting the Island restaurants can get extremely busy, it’s probably worthwhile booking tables if you’re to eat out, especially for larger groups.


Here are a few of the top riders to keep your eye out for:

Michael Dunlop
Dunlop rides the XR69 Suzuki in the F1 class Dunlop's other ride is a Molnar Manx Norton

Bruce Anstey
Anstey rides the incredible YZR500
Anstey's also got a Manx Norton

Ryan Farquhar
Farquhar on his F1 class Yamaha Farquhar on his 500cc Paton

Gary Johnson                                                Michael Rutter
Johnson aboard the Harris Yamaha Michael Rutter was flown in at the last minute

John McGuinness                                     William Dunlop
McGuinness aboard his #1 Paton William Dunlop aboard his 350cc machine


Map of the TT course