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The Manx Grand Prix
About the Manx Grand Prix

The idea of a race for young motorcycling amateurs and private entrants, on the world famous TT Course, was first mooted in the early twenties; indeed a request was made by the Manx Motor Cycle Club to hold a one-lap race for amateurs in the 1921 TT meeting, but this was dismissed out of hand by the ACU. It would appear that the Motor Cycle Trade Society was a strong voice in arguing against an amateur race

Another reason was that in 1921 the Auto-Cycle Union (organisers of the TT Races in the Island since 1907) announced the possibility of the 1922 TT Races being held in Belgium. This bombshell was met by the Manx Motor Cycle Club, who realised the importance of motorcycle road racing to the Island. The course was ready to use and all the facilities provided but it was still a mammoth task to be faced. As it happened, the TT did not move to Belgium, but the amateur race went ahead.
In 1930 came the birth of the Manx Grand Prix. New regulations had been drawn up and it was no longer a race for amateurs, but with experts barred. The rules included: “All entrants, who shall be the drivers, must be British or Irish subjects resident in the British Isles or the Irish Free State, and must hold open competition licences. They must not, since 1920, have been entered as a competitor in any international road race or have held any world motorcycling record. The race to be for machines of up to 350cc and 500cc, and to be over six laps of the TT Course, the meeting to be known as the Manx Grand Prix”.
The sixtieth anniversary of the "Manx Races", the Diamond Jubilee, took place in 1983.  As part of the celebrations, 'Classic' races were introduced, bringing back to the Mountain course, the sounds and smells of the heyday of British machinery.  The 'standard' capacity classes were catered for, 250cc, 350cc and 500cc.  The race was over three laps of the course.  All machines had to be at least twenty-five years vintage to qualify.
Today the Manx caters for a wide range of machinery including Classic and Post Classic machinery. Modern bikes remain the focus of the event though and the Junior and Senior Manx Grand Prix' are the highlights of the racing week.

Getting There

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Where to Stay

There's a huge wealth of information about visiting the Isle of man  here 

For many people though, camping during the Isle of Man TT is an essential part of the festival atmosphere.

During the fortnight there are plenty of campsites to choose from, either long-established sites or ones set up just for the races.

At each you’ll find amenities, a friendly welcome and plenty of like-minded bike fans.

Camping is also an affordable alternative to other forms of accommodation, and can be a great help if you are struggling to find another place to stay. You'll find a full list of campsites here Camping