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The Pre TT Classic: This was my first opportunity to attend the Pre TT Classic which is held on the Billown Circuit at Castletown, basically the 'circuit' consists of four main straights and four rather tight corners, Castletown Corner being particularly difficult due to the braking area which includes a hump in the road. The wide variety of machinery was of great interest and a welcome variation to the seemingly endless array of UJM4's which contest the TT solo and sidecar classes.

The Pre TT Classic Race Series commenced in 1988 following a decision by the TT Organisers that the machines of earlier decades had a rightful place in the overall TT Festival, the pit area allows Spectators to meet the riders and view the machinery and the circuit offers some great viewing areas and some grandstand facilities, simply put the Pre TT Classic is the perfect precursor to the main TT Fortnight action.

PIT IMAGES: Selected solo and sidecar images from the wide variety of machinery competing.

#37: ALAN PHILLIPS: BSA 'ROB NORTH' ROCKET 3, 747cc OHC/3.

#40: MILAN SRAMEK: 1954 CZ WALTER 350, TYPE 851: 349cc OHC DEVELOPING 32BHP @ 7,900rpm AND 118kg.

#42: STUART ROBINSON: BSA GOLD STAR, 499cc.

#43: DAVE CORLETT: HONDA, 499cc SOHC/4.

#6: EDDY TOOMBS/BOB DOWTY: BMW SIDECAR, 980cc.

#10: WALLY SAUNDERS/EDDY KIFF: MRE BMW SIDECAR, 980cc.

RACE IMAGES: Selected solo and sidecar race images.

#9: CHRIS McGAHAN: MILES TRIDENT, 748cc

#25: DAVID HEBB: MANX NORTON, 348cc

#28: TOM JACKSON, LEADING #39: JOHN A. JONES AND #29: HENRY BELL

#35: CHRIS BARRATT: YAMAHA TZ250A

#36: LES CROSS: SEELEY G50, 496cc

#41: TILMANN RUNCK: SEELEY G50 Mk2, 496cc

#1: VINCENT BIGGS/PHIL BIGGS: BUSCH BMW, 1,000cc.

#3: RALF ENGELHARDT/WINFRIED VIECENZ: BUSCH BMW, 980cc.

#10: WALLY SAUNDERS/EDDY KIFF: MRE BMW, 980cc.

#12: NICK CUTMORE/NANCY THOMAS: SDD BSA, 750cc.

#14: LENNY PALLISTER/IAN MARRINER: TRIUMPH SIDECAR, 750cc.

#14: PALLISTER/MARRINER: STYLE PERSONIFIED!

#16: CHARLIE COPE/LOUISE NICHOL: WINDLE IMP, 998cc.

AWARDS PRESENTATION: The imposing Castle Rushen dominates Castletown Square, a marvellous venue for the Pre TT Classic awards presentation.

THE AWARDS DIAS, IN FRONT OF CASTLE RUSHEN

A SAMPLE OF THE EXCELLENT TROPHIES

A SELECTION OF AWARD WINNERS, OF PARTICULAR NOTE IS THE PICTURE OF MR. TED FENWICK (LHS), AT THE TENDER AGE OF '83' TED WON THE FIRST RACE OF THE THREE DAY EVENT, THE SINGLES CLASSIC RACE FOR 175~250cc MACHINERY, ON HIS DUCATI 250.

CONCOURS d'ELEGANCE - RACE MACHINERY: The 'awards presentation' was pre-empted by a Concours d'Elegance of Race Machinery and some privately owned motorcycles certainly did not detract from the overall spectacle, particularly a gorgeous 'diesel engined' motorcycle!

RACE MACHINERY:

#5: CHRIS PALMER: HONDA/RIPLEY LAND, 350cc - JUNIOR CLASSIC RACE WINNER

#5: CHRIS PALMER: AJS/WALMSLEY/RIPLEY LAND

#1: VINCENT BIGGS/PHIL BIGGS: BUSCH BMW, 1,000cc - SIDECAR RACE WINNER

#2: NICK HOUGHTON/PAUL THOMAS: NOURISH WESLAKE, 900cc

PRIVATELY OWNED MOTORCYCLES:

ENFIELD ROBIN - DIESEL, D-R400D

MORE TT2011 COVERAGE: Please continue my 'TT2011 coverage' by selecting from the following pages...

Up Pre TT Classic 2011 TT2011 Superbike TT2011 Sidecars TT2011 TT Zero TT2011 Senior TT2011 Pit Walks TT2011 Yamaha 50th TT2011 Parade Laps TT2011 Atmosphere TT2011 Sprints Post TT Races 2011

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Copyright 2013   Derek J. Hanbidge,  (aka Deejay51),  all rights reserved.
Revised: August 25, 2013.

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