Racing starts Saturday, August 24 with the 500cc Classic TT Race, which features 1960s racing bikes, with the big multi-cylinder bikes from the likes of MV Agusta, Honda and Paton going up against the single cylinder British machines from Norton, Matchless and AJS.
Bank Holiday Monday (August 26) hosts the combined 350cc/250cc Classic TT Races, while more than 120 entries were received for the Formula 1/ Formula 2/Formula Classic Race. Racers such as John McGuinness, Conor Cummins, Michael and William Dunlop, Gary Johnson, Cameron Donald and Bruce Anstey are all racing on the Mountain Course alongside classic racers such as Roy Richardson, Alan Oversby, Olie Linsdell and Chris Palmer.
Big teams are also taking part. The Yamaha Classic Racing Team will make its one and only competitive racing outing while the likes of Team Classic Suzuki, Padgett’s Motorcycles and Manx GP winners Team Winfield will also take to the roads.
One of the iconic Britten V1000s will also be making a rare appearance in the official parade on the Bank Holiday Monday, ridden by nine-time TT race winner and Kiwi Bruce Anstey.
The V1000 was ridden on the Island by Nick Jefferies in the 1994 Senior TT, recording a standing start lap of 118mph.
Bruce says: “It’s going to be a real pleasure to ride a New Zealand built bike on the Isle of Man. The Britten is one of the country’s greatest achievements. I’m really looking forward to taking it round the Mountain Course and I’m sure that fans will really enjoy the spectacle and sound of the machine.”