TT Day of Champions

1 of 1

Next year’s TT entertainment programme kicks off on Thursday, June 3 with the TT ‘Day of Champions’.

Former motorcycling champions and TT legends will be interviewed on the main stage at the TT Grandstand.

All the stars will also be on hand to meet fans, give racing tips and sign autographs.

With even more stars appearing daily during race week, the TT Main Stage will be at the heart of the action.

TT Day of Champions is part of an action-packed festival for the 2010 TT Races announced by the Isle of Man Department of Tourism and Leisure that will see seven nights of thrilling entertainment on Douglas sea-front as well as the return of many old favourites around the rest of the Island.

Extreme sports, stunt shows, air displays, music, comedy and film will all feature in the action-packed calendar.

Fans will also have numerous opportunities to meet and greet their heroes at the chat shows and fan zones during the festival.

And if that wasn’t enough, TT2010 will also feature the 50th anniversary celebrations of leading Japanese manufacturer Suzuki’s involvement in the TT Races.

Some of the UK’s leading stand-up comedians are also being lined up to appear on the Island during the TT festival.

The Island has earned itself a reputation as a comedy hotbed in recent months with performances from the likes of Lee Evans, Alan Carr, Sean Lock, Ross Noble, Al Murray and Michael McIntyre and negotiations are currently at an advanced stage in confirming appearances in 2010.

Extreme Sports
Saturday, June 5 sees the beginning of the seven-night ‘Extreme Sports’ extravaganza on Harris Promenade.

The TT Entertainment Zone will feature seven individual shows featuring the best extreme sports acts, stunt shows and classic bikes.

These shows are sure to be extremely popular but fans needn’t worry too much about missing any of the action as everything will be replayed on a huge video screen.

Thrill seekers will be able to experience an adrenaline rush of their own with a choice of bungee jumping, gyroscopes, simulators, slingshots and more. There will also be a dedicated children’s experience as part of the activities.

Big-screen action
There will be more big-screen action at the Villa Marina throughout race week.

The Broadway Cinema will be showing a full programme of bike themed films in celebration of all things ‘two wheels’.  A particular highlight will be a rare screening of ‘Take it to the Limit’.

Hosted by director Peter Starr, the film features classic 1970’s race action from riders such as Steve Baker, Kenny Roberts and Barry Sheene.

There is also footage of Mike Hailwood’s return to the Island as a travelling marshal for the 1977 Manx Grand Prix ahead of his 1978 TT return.

Ramsey sprint
The action during the TT festival won’t just be confined to Douglas. Peel in the West of the Island will host a special TT Day on Sunday, June 6 featuring attractions for all the family.

Ramsey continues to host the ever-popular Ramsey Sprint on Tuesday, June 8, the drag sprint held on the Mooragh Promenade on the north side of the town.

Open to everyone, the Sprint features a wide range of bikes and experiences for all the family.

The Red Arrows are also planned to appear for a display during the day and will return during the evening over Douglas Bay performing during the ever popular Douglas Beach Race.

Plans are also being finalised for a TT event to be held in the picturesque town of Port Erin in the South of the Island.

Laxey live
The action moves to Laxey on the east coast of the Island on Thursday, June 10 when local motorcycle club the Moddey Dhoo host their annual meeting on Laxey breakwater.

The day will feature chat shows, auctions, custom motorbike displays and live music.

The entertainment schedule comes to a climatic end on Senior Race Day, Friday, June 11, with the final night of action on Douglas Promenade.

Included in the programme will be the Senior TT Prize Presentation, a ‘Winner’s Parade’ featuring all the week’s race winners and their winning machines, the Battle of Britain air show and a huge fireworks display to mark the end of the festival.

Gary Pinchin

By Gary Pinchin