Isle of Man Festival of Jurby - Sunday 27th August 2017
It's celebration time! The Classic TT and WEMOTO Festival of Jurby will reverberate to the sight and sound of the Gilera 4 celebrating the great Bob McIntyre's achievement of being the first man to lap the TT Mountain Course at over 100mph. Amazingly, it's sixty years since Bob did the TT Double by winning the 1957 Junior and Senior TT aboard his factory entered Gileras, setting a new lap record in the eight lap Senior race of 101.12mph and beating the great John Surtees (MV) into second place.
The Isle of Man holds such a unique position in the history of motorcycle road racing and, indeed , the history of the development of the motorcycle. Remaining largely untouched since 1911, the 37 ¾ miles of public roads have played host to some of the greatest motorcycle races and riders of all time. From Geoff Duke, Bob Mac and John Surtees challenging to be the first to lap at over a "ton", to Mike Hailwood's epic duels with Giacomo Agostini and Phil Read and onto Mick Grant, Joey Dunlop and a host of other stars, the TT simply echos with such memories. So what better place could there be to turn back the clock to the golden age of motorcycling than the Isle of Man?
The Classic TT wouldn't be complete, however, without the Festival of Jurby organised by the VMCC and sponsored by WEMOTO. The biggest one day event on the Island attracts well over 10,000 spectators eager to drool over the estimated 5000 bikes and historic vehicles, not to mention meeting and chatting to some of the greatest names in motorcycling history - paradise for autograph hunters. The great appeal of the event is the relaxed atmosphere and the easy access to the stars and exotic machinery. Live music and ample, varied catering allied to a number of outlets offering a wide range of goodies from a humble T shirt through to top of the range racing leathers. And speaking of T shirts, event sponsors WEMOTO will once again be raising money for the Helicopter Fund by selling Festival of Jurby T shirts. All proceeds go to the Manx Grand Prix Supporters Club and WEMOTO are confident of exceeding the sum of over 16,000.00 pounds raised in 2016. Look out for a Bob Mac themed T shirt - "Today we do the Ton!"