Former Senior TT winner Graeme Crosby will return to the island for this year's Manx Grand Prix Festival as part of the newly introduced Corporate Hospitality Programme. The popular Kiwi, winner of the Senior TT in 1980 and the Formula One and Classic Races one year later, will be on the Island throughout race week and will be the main host in the Corporate Hospitality Unit on Monday 29th August, Wednesday 31st August and Friday 2nd September.
During a glittering eight year career, 'Croz' won the Daytona 200, the Imola 200 and the Suzuka 8 hours as well as finishing runner-up in the 1982 500cc World Championship. Also a member of the New Zealand Motorcycling Hall of Fame, Crosby is widely regarded as one of the most entertaining speakers and guests will be treated to a wide range of racing and non-racing anecdotes from his new book “Croz – Larrikin Racer.”
A host of TT Legends are lined up to join Crosby at this year's event including popular local racer Conor Cummins, who battled back from serious injury in 2010 to be on the start-line at this year's TT. 11-time TT Champion Phillip McCallen, who memorably won four races in a week in 1996, will also be a guest speaker at this year's Corporate Hospitality along with fellow Irishman Brian Reid, who has five TT victories to his name as well as two world championships.
Along with the racers confirmed to attend, Corporate and VIP ticket holders will also see and hear from many of the leading Manx Grand Prix riders in the hospitality area following each race, including many of the TT Racers competing in the Manx Grand Prix Classic Races.
Practice and qualifying for the Manx Grand Prix races will get underway on Saturday 20th August with 250cc, 350cc and 500cc machines in action. A number of classic classes will provide highlights as well while the Manx National Two Day Trial and Manx Classic Trial Meeting will provide the excitement away from the mountain course.