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Well, it’s the big one this year! A distant forty years since Mike Hailwood stamped his own exceptional mark on the island circuit’s long history and a lot is being planned for this year’s Classic TT to celebrate the occasion...

The original Mike Hailwood race bike is being flown in from the US for the event to join Steve Wynne, briefly plucked from retirement in a balmy northern New Zealand. The 78 MH race bike will clearly form the central attraction of a tented paddock display as well as being paraded for a lap by John McGuinness. This lap in itself will constitute an historic event as it will be the first time the bike has been ridden around the TT course since it crossed the line in first place on that legendary summer’s day in June 1978.

Sports Motorcycles Racing are pleased to be able to announce we are now also involved in all the excitement. The team are entered on the grid of Saturday’s Lightweight race on a 750 TT1 with rider Chris Swallow once again in the saddle. The Sports Motorcycles Race Team can be located in the main paddock sharing tent space alongside the historic Hailwood display.

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome a few major sponsors assisting the team at this year’s event. Namely, Spax Shock Absorbers based in the UK, Martin Brickwood Performance (MBP) in Canada, and Eurobike in New Zealand. Not forgetting everyone else assisting in our task.

This is truly a global event.