Britten machinery returns to Isle of Man for Classic TT


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The iconic New Zealand built Britten machine will make its return, with two of them taking to the course at the Classic TT races presented by Bennetts.

The pink and blue Britten and the CRS Britten are owned by Kevin Grant and Bob Robbins, and both bikes were contested at the 1994 Isle of Man TT races. This year, these iconic machines will be ridden by Bruce Anstey and Stephen Briggs in the Classic Racer Magazine Classic TT Retro Parade on Monday 28th August.

Grant’s machine won the BEARS World Championship in the 1990s and was ridden by Nick Jefferies at the 1994 Isle of Man TT Races, lapping at more than 118mph from a standing start in the 1994 Senior Race before retiring with a gearbox issue. In 2004, the bike returned to the TT with Hugh Anderson MBE on board. But it was last seen round the Mountain Course in 2014, when Anstey paraded the bike during the Classic TT festival.

The CRS Britten competed at the TT more than any of the other Britten machines with Shaun Harris’ ride in the 1996 Senior being one of the most popular finishes. The machine has only recently returned from being on museum display to being demonstrated at events internationally.

Briggs competed in the Supersport 600cc TT races in 1994 and 1996, and will return to the island to ride the CRS Britten. Both bikes have been completely rebuilt, and they are sure to catch the eye of many bike fans across the Classic TT.