Isle of Man to Celebrate Senior TT Centenary

The centenary of the first ever Senior TT race on the Isle of Man Mountain Course will be commemorated this weekend with a parade lap of 100 vintage machines.

Sunday 3rd July will be 100 years to the day since Oliver Godfrey took victory in the first ever race, and all entrants will receive a replica of his 1911 winners medal.

The event, organised by the Isle of Man branch of the Vintage Motorcycle Club, will feature vintage machines at least 70 years old with 11 of the bikes officially in the 'veteran' class, dating from pre-1914. Riders and passengers will also be entering into the spirit by wearing period riding gear.

Sunday's proceedings will get underway when the machines set off from Glencrutchery Road at around 9.30am, in the shadow of the TT Grandstand and they will then pause at the original start line on Quarterbridge road, where a commemorative plaque will be unveiled.

The bikes will then follow the TT course to Ramsey before featuring in a display in Parliament Square in the morning. They will then leave Ramsey again at around 1pm, returning to the TT grandstand before being on display at the Grandstand to 4pm.

Richard Birch, the Chairman of The Isle of Man Branch of The Vintage Motorcycle Club, is encouraging all motorcycling fans to come along and be a part of the historic occasion.

“I would encourage anyone with an interest in motorbikes, or the Isle of Man's history to look out for this event on Sunday. It is a great opportunity to recognise one of the most significant events in the Island's long history and will be a chance to see some of the world's most interesting motorcycles in action.”