The Celton Manx sponsored Manx Classic saw some great competition from the eighty-four car strong entry, which spanned twelve decades and ranged from a 1909 Riley to a 2011 Porsche. Bill Mummery, Executive Director of event sponsor Celton Manx, flagged-off the first of the cars, a 1911 Sunbeam 16/20, from the pit lane of the TT Grandstand in Douglas on Thursday afternoon.
Running over three days, the 2011 Manx Classic was blessed with good weather, a great atmosphere, happy competitors and a great team of hard working marshals and officials. And, with such a wide-ranging entry from both the UK and from the Island, there really was something for everyone, from the amazing century old Edwardian vehicles, through a great selection of classic sports cars and the ever-popular Minis and Escorts, to the modern day Caterhams and Porsches.
In addition, a couple of spectacular Coopers came over to compete in the Lhergy Frissell Hillclimb, a 1957 T43 and a 1961 T56 form junior, driven by Andrew Smith and Simon Smith respectively. The Smith family contingent also included Adam in the crowd-pleasing 1929 Frazer Nash Supersports and Dan in a 1971 Morris Mini.
The Overall Classic Award went to Connor Corkill in his Ford Escort RS1800, sweeping the board by taking Fastest Time of Day Awards in the Pre 1981 Class on each of the three courses and breaking the Class Record at both The Sloc and Lhergy Frissell.
In the Post 1981 Class, the Caterhams of Andy Hardy, Steve O’Donohue, Richard Weir and Paul Dangerfield battled for top honours throughout the three days, with O’Donohue taking Fastest Post 1981 Time on the Governor’s Sprint, Weir taking it on The Sloc and Hardy fastest on Lhergy Frissell, breaking the Class Record along the way. In the end, the Overall Post 1981 Award went to Andy Hardy, beating Steve O’Donohue by just 0.05 seconds over the three events!
This year the event added a new Class specially for Edwardian cars, and the sights and sounds of the six entries, ranging from a 1909 Riley to a 1916 Dodge, created a great spectacle at every one of the three courses.
Clive Press in the ten litre aero engined 1913 Peugeot 148GP dominated the Class, taking Fastest Times on all three courses, with Hicky Hickling in the 1911 Sunbeam 16/20 taking second in each. Press won the Overall Edwardian Award, supported by the Manx Heritage Foundation and the Manx Motor Racing Club.
The Northesk Award, for best team effort, was won by Team Ecurie Ecosse: Sam Beevers, Simon Fletcher and David Gray. The Best Lady Award was given to Rachel Corlett driving a BMW 325 Coupe and mention should also go to Tara Musgrove who drove well in an Austin Mini Cooper S.
Jonathan Gough scooped the nil desperandum Award, after his Ford GT40 became a non-starter after arrival on the Island. Undeterred Gough entered his Volvo Estate, dubbed it 'Replica GT40' and still managed to register decent times!
The Manx Motor Racing Club would like to thank Celton Manx for its sponsorship and support, all the marshals and officials for their great team work and local residents for their assistance. Thanks too to all competitors and congratulations to all the winners.
The dates for the 2012 Manx Classic are confirmed as: 26-28 April 2012. More information at www.manxmotorracing.com