The four-day programme, packed with entertainment for all ages, gets underway on Friday 23rd August when host Charlie Williams takes to the Classic TT Main Stage in the morning with a double bill of Chat Shows featuring many of the top riders and special guests including John McGuinness and Michael Dunlop - signalling the start of the ‘Classic TT Paddock Carnival’.
Music fans can immerse themselves in the sounds of 1950s rock ‘n’ roll, as the UK’s premier Rockabilly artist, Darrel Higham, fresh from recording with music legends Robert Plant and Jools Holland, will be turning the clock back and setting the park alight with appearances on Friday and Saturday with his band The Enforcers.
Other entertainment includes a display by the infamous Purple Helmets as well the Show & Shine competition and the newly introduced ‘Start Up Show’, which allows fans to get up close and personal with some of the most exotic sounding bikes in the paddock. There are also pop up displays including British collector Dick Shepherd’s diverse collection of Triumphs as well as bikes that illustrate the remarkable career of TT legend Steve Hislop, New York based collector Rob Ianucci’s stunning MV Agusta that Giacomo Agostini will parade over the weekend and a super rare RC142 Honda from 1959, marking sixty years of the brands participation in the TT.
The big screen outdoor cinema will be running every day with ‘Breakfast’ and ‘Brunch’ screenings of motorcycle classics including timeless comedy favourite ‘No Limit’ and a look back at the 1992 TT with Steve Hislop and Carl Fogarty as well as a full review of the 2019 TT. ‘Sundown’ screenings of four memorable celluloid classics – ‘Back to the Future’, ‘The Commitments’, ‘Wayne’s World’ and ‘Groundhog Day’ will close the entertainment on each of the four days.
DJ duo The Smoking Guns will be live from The Trackside - Heron & Brearley’s popular paddock bar, opposite the main stage - throughout the Paddock Carnival on Friday 23rd August and between racing on Saturday 24th August. The duo will be spinning their favourite vinyl records including Northern Soul stompers, R&B classics, funk, ska and more!
The Trackside has proved an instant hit with the fans with a wide range of draft beers and ciders as well as wines and spirits, soft drinks and pizzas. Visitors to the Classic TT Paddock can treat their taste buds with food from local artisan producers, family favourites and colourful street food as well as reviving fresh coffee or a refreshing local ice cream.
Official Classic TT partners RST and Arai are operating pop-up stores underneath the main Grandstand while the Classic TT Paddock will also be the best place to pick up 2019 merchandise courtesy of Official Merchandise provider, Motorsport Merchandise including their latest retro inspired designs.
As well as the packed free entertainment programme in the paddock, the Classic TT VIP Suite plays host to a number of Official Ticketed Experiences throughout the Bank Holiday weekend. Friday’s programme features ‘Live and Uncut’ with John McGuinness joining James Whitham on stage for unscripted, indiscreet chat show revelations while Saturday’s entertainment sees the world’s leading Rolling Stones tribute act - The Counterfeit Stones - take to the stage for their rendition of The Stones back catalogues spanning six decades. A limited number of tickets are also still available for the RST Classic TT Heroes Dinner on Sunday 25th August – giving fans the chance to dine alongside legends of the track in an intimate setting.
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