Diggertours 2009 – Manx Grand Prix, Isle of Man
Well, I thought it might be time to give you an update on the arrangements, and a run-down of who might be taking part in this little jolly …
I’ve drawn up an informal agenda, all are welcome to follow all, some or none of it as you choose. So for those who are with us for the whole week …… Saturday
– ferry to Douglas – scoot down to Port Erin to check in, meet up with Three Legs Dave for a brew & a catch-up.Sunday
– Lap of the course – I’ll take us up to Ballacraine via some interesting roads to get the tyres warm
, then a lap at a suitable pace to allow for a variety of considerations including pillion wives, speed limits, traffic and other such annoyances. Monday
– RACE DAY, AND PRACTICE. Roads close at 0930, so it’s an early start & off to the Glen Helen section for the day. Bikes will be parked up all day, but there is the opportunity to walk to various spots for refreshments. First four-lap race at 1015 (Newcomers & Post-Classic combined), second race at 1315. Practice session from 1515 until 1620, after which the roads will open & we can please ourselves where we go. Tuesday
- “Diggertours Does the South”
– An organised ride, with plenty of pre-arranged stops to meet up, taking in some of my favourite bits of the south of the Island. Ending up at the amazing nautical Museum at Castletown, which holds some very special secrets! An absolute must if you’ve never been.Wednesday
– RACE DAY AND PRACTICE. Roads will close at 0930 for the Junior Manx at 1015, followed by the Senior Classic at 1315. I thought we’d watch from the farm at Quarry Bends, where they have a barbecue……. One-lap practice session for senior, lightweight & ultrlaghtweight classes follows at 1515. Thursday
– “Diggertours Does the Mountain”
– a ride to the North of the island, through beautiful Tholt-y-Will to Laxey, where we can do the Mines Trail, see the Laxey Wheel & take a ride up Snaefell by mountain railway if it’s a clear day. If not, we can take the electric railway to either Douglas or Ramsey. Friday
– RACE DAY. Roads close at 0930 for the final races of the week, the lightweight/Ultralightweight at 1015, and finally the Senior Manx GP at 1315. All races are 4 laps. If the weather’s good, you might want to watch from the Bungalow or the Gooseneck, but by that time everyone will have a better idea of the course and of their preferred vantage point for the final races. Evenings
- Port Erin and nearby Castletown have plenty of good pubs and restaurants, and one or two very good ones. I know of another few dotted around the island in case anyone would like to arrange an evening ride out for a meal, but generally we’ll be doing our own thing, as we’ve all paid a fortune for the trip and everyone will have their own agenda. Saturday
– I’ll get us into Douglas in good time for a stroll about before the ferry.
So, first of all, who’s riding?
Both Guy Martin and Ryan Farquahar will be performing on 1981 Suzukis in the Post Classic.
Young Michael Dunlop, hero of the NW200 last year, is entered for the Junior.
… and biggest treat of all for classic bike aficionados, Alan Oversby has entered both 350 and 500 MVs in the Classic races. If you’ve never heard an MV on full song, you haven’t lived.
So, who will be in the Diggertours line-up?
My provisional list includes the following – it would be nice to know who’s confirmed, so we know exactly who to look out for on the ferry
Mr & Mrs Digger
Mr & Mrs Robin
S1nner & pal
Dave from Scotland
Richie & pal
DMcD will be in Douglas, and will meet up with us….
Also, unconfirmed interest from CJ & JJ, Flossy & Martin; go on you lot, you know you want to ……