Classic TT Races Return To Isle Of Man
Following a week of practice and qualifying, the race program will get underway with the Bennetts 500cc Classic TT Race Aug. 23. The second and final day of racing takes place on Bank Holiday Aug. 25 with the Okells 350cc Classic TT Race being followed by the combined Motorsport Merchandise Formula 1 and Formula 2 Classic TT Races.
The Classic TT Races form part of a four-day festival of motorcycle nostalgia from Aug. 22-25, which also includes a Paddock Carnival, classic racing machinery displays, photographic exhibitions, the Festival of Jurby and a whole host of social events.
The Classic TT is one of the events that make up the 2014 Isle of Man Festival of Motorcycling between Aug. 16 and Aug. 31. The festival also includes the Manx Grand Prix (Aug. 27-29), Manx 2-Day Trial (Aug. 23-24) , Manx Classic Trial (Aug. 3031) and the VMCC rally and The Festival of Jurby (Aug. 24).
Following the success of the inaugural Classic TT, the department has reviewed all aspects of the event and carried out consultation with teams, competitors, commercial partners and race fans with a view to refining and building upon the 2013 activity.
This review has led to a number of racing specific changes for 2014 including the withdrawal of the 250cc and Formula Classic TT Races. Machines from these races will still be allowed to compete (in the 350cc and Formula 1 Classic TT Races respectively) the limited numbers of entries and finishers in 2013 has led to the decision to remove them from the program.