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classic show celebrates 100th tt

The Isle of Man TT’s 100th meeting this year will be celebrated at the Stafford International Classic MotorCycle Show. Top-name riders and the famous machines that carried them to victory around one of the most famous race circuits in the world will be on display at the 27/28 April event.

Headlining the list of star guests are current TT stars Ian Hutchinson and Tom and Ben Birchall, with an impressive 24 TT wins between them.
“Hutchy” has proved to be something of a bionic man, having twice come back from serious injury which on both occasions almost cost him a leg. Clearly with a few tales to tell, his on-stage interviews are not to be missed.

Likeable brothers Ben and Tom Birchall have dominated the sidecar TT in recent years, winning the past five races. The pair, who clinched their third world title in 2018, will also have their TT-winning outfit on display and will be on stage during Saturday and Sunday.

TT stars will also include nine-time winner Charlie Williams. Not only will Charlie have one of his TT-winning Yamahas on display, but he plans to launch his long-awaited autobiography at the show too. Fans’ favourite John Cooper intends to launch his biography on the same weekend, with both stars signing copies for fans.

Not forgetting its classic roots, the star line-up will include former Honda factory team-mates from the sixties, Tommy Robb and Jim Redman.
Of course the TT isn’t just about the riders. The show aims to host the most eclectic display of 10 genuine former TT machines ever assembled. The collection includes a 1926 AJS GR10, which finished third in that year’s TT in the hands of Frank Longman; an ex-HG Tyrell-Smith 1932 works Rudge, which also finished third in that year’s Junior TT race; a minuscule 50cc Honda CR110, a three-cylinder MV Agusta, a 1984 Ducati TT2 with TT history and an ex-Joey Dunlop RC45.

The Isle of Man TT races were first staged in 1907 – but the milestone 100th meeting will only be marked later this year.
Two world wars, plus the UK foot and mouth epidemic which caused the cancellation of much UK sport including the TT, took out a total of 12 years, meaning 100 years of TT racing can be celebrated all over again.



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