Clocks Turn Back to 1960s for Classic TT

2013 Isle of Man Classic TT

The brand new Classic TT Paddock Carnival event has something for all the family with a jam-packed schedule of entertainment for people of all ages.

Starting at midday on Friday, Aug. 23, the Classic TT Paddock Carnival takes place in the heart of the Classic TT paddock, with free parking available in the Nobles Park Playing fields.

Among the attractions will be a number of displays of exotic racing machines from the past hundred years. With a combined value of many millions of pounds (although some are thought to be priceless), it is undoubtedly the most amazing line up of machinery ever to be assembled at the same time on the Isle of Man.

The Vintage Motor Cycle Club will also be in attendance, riding into the venue during the day with scores of amazing vintage motorcycles from their 2013 Rally.

The line up of racing celebrities past and present will match the glittering array of machinery with stars such as Giacomo Agostini, John McGuinness, Phil Read, Mick Grant, Conor Cummins, Michael Dunlop, Freddie Spencer, Kork Ballington, Cameron Donald, Steve Baker and Bruce Anstey just some of the famous faces you can expect to bump into throughout the day.

As well as classic motorcycles, there will be displays of classic cars and buses, whilst vintage fair ground rides will provide entertainment for younger visitors. Duke Marketing’s 1960s Coco Tent will be open throughout the day along with the Okells Brewery Beer Tent and a large selection of catering outlets.

A stage is being built at the rear of the Grandstand and will play host to live music from The Manx Jazz Aces and the Nigel Williams Band throughout the day, playing some of the best-known hits from the 1960s. There will also be chat shows on the stage throughout the day with some of leading personalities in attendance hosted and broadcasted live by the Radio TT ‘Classic’ team.

The ever popular Purple Helmets will perform at 3pm in Pit Lane in front of the main TT Grandstand, whilst star of the film No Limit, George Formby will be performing throughout the day and will have his home built Shuttleworth Snap racing machine with him!

London’s Ace Café are building ‘The Ace Corner’ in the heart of the paddock, with a display depicting the history of the iconic venue meanwhile Mortons Media Group will hold a stunning exhibition of TT images from the 1960s in their Grandstand retail unit.

For those looking for a souvenir, Motorsport Merchandise will have a full range of official Classic TT Merchandise on sale, with other retail outlets from the likes of Duke, RST Leathers, Crossan Motorcycles, The Ace Café, Scott Leathers, DH Autos, Red Torpedo and The Joey Dunlop Foundation will be open all day.

The Classic TT Paddock Carnival will have a 1960s theme throughout the day with 1960s fancy dress encouraged. There will be a competition on the day for the best fancy dress costume judged by non other than 20 times TT winner John McGuinness, with the prize being two VIP Hospitality tickets for the following day’s racing.

Access to the event is free with further updates available via and the official Isle of Man TT and Classic TT Facebook and Twitter channels on the run up to the event.


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