Iconic Motorsport Adventures: 2017 Isle of Man TT Tour

25 February, 2018



The Isle of Man is a great place to visit, with its picturesque landscape and architecture, but come race week for the TT, it transforms into something else altogether. Iconic Motorsport Adventures took their first tour to the Isle of Man in 2017 for the premier TT (Tourist Trophy) event. It was added to the list of iconic tours that Iconic Motorsport Adventures offer, with the Isle of Man TT arguably the most iconic motorcycle event that is held worldwide. The 37-mile course has a grim history of being hard to tame and conquer, however it still draws riders from all around the globe wanting to carve their name in history as a TT champion.

The tour started at Flitwick, which is about an hour north of London, and after the first night’s meet and greet dinner and accommodation at the beautiful Flitwick Manor, it was time to start heading north. First stop was the Donington Museum, at Donington Park Motor Racing Circuit, for a look at their great collection of vehicles including a lot of Formula One cars. The next day was spent travelling over to the Isle of Man on the ferry from Heysham.

From there, the following day and night were spent around the pit and paddock area where final qualifying was watched from the pitlane grandstand. There were plenty of opportunities to spend time in the pits and get those sort after photos of their heroes. For the rest of the week the tour was based around Ramsey where there is generous space for the convoy to park their motorhomes and visit The Traff, the local Trafalgar Hotel, to catch up with some locals.

Each day that racing was on, a different spot was picked around the circuit for viewing. At Kirk-Michael the team got a fantastic front row position, while other top viewing spots included up on the mountain at “the Bungalow”, and right beside the course at Ramsey.

On the lay-days when no racing took place, a visit to the Isle of Man Motor Museum at Jurby turned out to be surprisingly good. It houses a great collection of bikes but also a lot of cars and some quite unusual unique vehicles. A trip on the steam train to Port Erin and a drive to Peel Castle another day, also added to the overall tour.

They were able to cheer on the kiwis in person, with Isle of Man TT legend Bruce Anstey winning the TT Zero race, and the Lawrence brothers competing in the sidecar races.

After a week it was time to travel back to England on the ferry, and a visit to the National Motorcycle Museum which has one of the best collections of motorcycles anywhere in the world. A final night back at Flitwick Manor topped off what was a very successful tour.

For anyone that thinks the Iconic Motorsport Adventures Isle of Man TT Tour sounds like a bit of them, there are still places available for the 2018 Isle of Man TT Tour (May/June).

Check out all the details at iconicmsport.co.nz

Travelling companion

It’s easy to see why the Morris Minor Traveller was one of the best-loved variants of the Morris Minor. Introduced in 1953, it was equipped with the same independent torsion bar front suspension, drum brakes, and rack and pinion steering as its saloon sibling but, with their foldable rear seat increasing versatility, many Travellers were used as trade vehicles, says Derek Goddard. Derek and Gail Goddard, the owners of this superbly restored example, have run Morris Minors since before they were married in 1974.
“Our honeymoon vehicle was a blue Morris Minor van — it was a rust bucket,” says Derek.

Super Leicht Gullwing

It’s fair to say that nothing much in the classic Mercedes world gets past Mercedes-Benz Club stalwart Garry Boyce so it wasn’t surprising to learn that around 15 years ago he had sniffed out an extremely rare 300SL lightweight Gullwing as well as a 1958 300SL Roadster hiding away in the Waikato. The cars were not for sale but Garry eventually managed to persuade the owner to allow him and his restoration team to take a look at the Roadster. They discovered a very distressed but largely unmolested car. The car was so original that the body had never been off the chassis, meaning most of the parts and fittings were still present and correct, as they had been fitted by the factory.