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Manx Grand Prix to get Goodwood-style re-vamp

Manx Grand Prix bosses have announced the popular road races will undergo a substantial re-vamp in 2013 which will see it shortened to ten days and Goodwood Revival feel added to try and boost attendances.

It is proposed to run from August 17-26 with the centrepiece of the festival continuing to focus on competitive racing around the world famous TT Mountain Course including three classic races and a further two races for modern machinery.

The event will also see a return for the Clubman’s TT titles which would be applied to two races for amateur riders on modern machinery. Designed as a more focused feeding ground for the current TT, the Clubman’s TT classes would incorporate a rider development structure with the opportunity for riders to receive sponsor-funded TT scholarships and guaranteed entry into the TT.


The competitive racing programme would be supported by a festival of motorsport nostalgia including parade laps featuring legendary riders and machines from Mountain Course history, off road events including exhibitions of exotic motorcycles and memorabilia. The event would also include the Isle of Man Vintage Motor Cycle Club activities including the popular ‘Festival of Jurby’ event that attracted over 15,000 visitors last year.

“The proposals are built very much on our consultations and market and media feedback and it is anticipated that a revised format to the festival would give the Isle of Man real potential to increase visitor numbers, media profile and commercial incomes. Implementing these proposals would allow us to tap into the fast-growing nostalgia market that we have seen with events such as the Goodwood Revival and drive a tangible return on the ever increasing investment required to stage the event," said Manx government's Colin Kniveton.

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