The second of the Mike Hailwood Foundation Manx Grand Prix Newcomers Weekends takes place this coming weekend 28th – 30th March with those wishing to attend being oversubscribed, which may well see the further weekend being scheduled for next month!
Twenty-nine prospective Newcomers, whose intention is to enter, qualify and race in this year’s Newcomers Manx Grand Prix and in most cases one of the other four Manx Grand Prix races that are part of the Festival of Motorcycling.
Furthest travelled are Martial Mourra and Julien Toniutti from Reims and Oingt, France, the remainder of the party coming from England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Eire.
The trades and professions of the visitors is varied encompassing design, rail, motor-sport and gas engineers; builder and painters; specialist haulier to retired police officer and company director of a porta-loo business and of course a motorcycle shop owner.
All have one common aim to learn as much as they can over the weekend to further their ambitions to race on the most famous 37.73-mile ribbon of road known world-wide as the Mountain Course in the Isle of Man at the Manx Grand Prix.
They will be completing a numbers of laps in cars over the weekend receiving ‘words of wisdom’ from experienced Manx Grand Prix riders including Chris Palmer; Nuno Caetano; Colin Stephenson; Richard Wilson; John Batty; Tony Duncan; Carolynn Sells and Paul Hunt.
In addition the party will meet up with officials of the Manx Motor Cycle Club, including the Clerk of the Course, Chief Technical Officer, Secretary of the Meeting and others, where they will be able to ask questions on the races and the organisation of the races now in their 91st year.
The Manx Motor Cycle Club would once again like to thank the Mike Hailwood Foundation for their continued support of the Newcomers Weekends, it is much appreciated.