Isle of Man Thrash Weekender - May 2014 I’ve been a regular to the Isle of Man for a number of years due work and I've been impressed with its history, scenic views and its heavy motorbike heritage. However, that is really overshadowed by what I personally view as some of the best driving roads available, from fast flowing A roads, to twisty B roads, even a mountain to drive over, not to mention the TT circuit you can experience. For anyone that's not in the know about the IOM roads - THEY HAVE NO SPEED LIMITS (in national speed limit zones) Yes, you can go as fast as you want legally.* (Note: *Driving like a wanker, however, will attract the polices attention) To give you some background: I'm proposing a "GTIR Thrash Weekender" on the Isle of Man Dates: This is TBC however I was looking at the start of May, before the season kicks in or the TT’s arrive, depending on people’s diaries/availability? Hotels: Most hotels in Douglas (city centre) are by the Sea and parking is on street which can be tricky/busy or a security risk, depending on how you look at it? I have a couple of suggestions for hotels: Mount Murray Hotel (4 Star) http://www.mountmurray.com/ Murray is near Douglas (city centre) with good private parking for our cars (It has a fire that destroyed a large part of the hotel, however that will be rebuilt before May and will all brand new) or Ramsey Park Hotel (3 Star) http://www.classiclodges.co.uk/Ramsey_Park_isle_of_man/ Ramsey Park is a new build and also has plenty of parking, however it is a little further away from Douglas, however I’m sure Taxi’s can be used. The idea for the weekender is to explore the island, driving around the TT circuit and then either head out into the hills for some B road action or nice sporty A road driving! In the evening we can chill in Douglas or the Hotel, have a few drinks and then, well do whatever you fancy. Map of the TT Circuit: Safety Bit: :hide: I want to point out that although there are no speed limits in certain areas, this is not an excuse to drive like a crazed maniac in these zones and you will quickly be picked up by the police and shipped off the island. Not to mention you’ll have a UK based number plate (not an IOM one) and everyone on the island will know what you’ve come over there to do! I know people that have gone over for a “Maximum Attack” weekend and there car has been crashed (written off), taken by the police or in one case hospitalised due to a crash! Ferry’s: There are Ferrys from: Liverpool Heysham Belfast Dublin …to Douglas Port IOM They range from £150-£220 depending when booked and what time. The Isle Of Man Steam Packet Co Ltd is who I’ve used (just Google “Ferry’s to the Isle of Man”) This post is to gauge interest in going to the Island for a weekender (Thursday/Friday – Sunday) Booking wise if we got say 10 cars to come then I’d look at trying to get a booking discount on the ferry’s and hotel, however that is down to the interest. Of course GTiR members and their cars are my main target for this, however if you’ve got a mate you want to bring and their car, great come along and join us! If you would be interested in going then post up.