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CLASSIC TT SUPPORT FESTIVAL CANNED

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The Isle of Man Classic TT’s key non-racing visitor attraction is to disappear. The Vintage Motor Cycle Club (VMCC) has pulled the plug on its huge annual Festival of Jurby, citing an unacceptable increase in regulation and financial risk beyond the capacity of an entirely volunteer organisation with limited resources.

The festival, which was sandwiched between the two Classic TT race days, featured a massive display of historic bikes, many of them paraded on the Island’s Jurby Motordrome circuit by past and present racing stars. It regularly drew more than 10,000 spectators.

A statement issued by VMCC Isle of Man Section secretary Gary Corlett, on behalf of the Festival committee, said: “We are seeing heavier regulation come into effect, and responsibilities grow to surpass the capability of the small team that organises the event. Keeping riders safe is our utmost concern and in the current climate we were facing additional uncertainties with insurance for any non-Manx riders given changes to EU medical cards. Consequently, and pending professional advice, the committee has reluctantly, and with regret, decided to suspend the festival until further notice.

“The VMCC has always looked at ways to promote the island’s strong history with motorcycling and the tremendous machines many of our members lovingly restore and care for, and for the past decade the Festival of Jurby has celebrated this perfectly. Our commitment to promoting vintage motorbikes remains as strong as ever, and the committee will be continuing with the many events we organise throughout the year, including the Manx Rally. However this is a perfect time to reflect and refocus our efforts to look at new events.”  

 

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