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Isle of Man Weekender Thrash - 2014

Discussion in 'Club News' started by fubar andy, Jan 4, 2014.

  1. fubar andy

    fubar andy Moderator & N/W Rep Staff Member

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    Isle of Man Thrash Weekender - May 2014

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    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

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    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/

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    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/

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    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:

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    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.
     
  2. mckelvr

    mckelvr New Member

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    Sounds like a good one
     
  3. dencon

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    You really should try to go end of April, to tie it in with the Manx Classic. One sprint and two hillclimbes. 24/25/26/ april, run by the Manx Motor racing Club. I competed in this ten years on the trot with various cars, until three years ago, when I decided that the cost of travelling from Devon to Heysham, {300} cost of ferry for motorhome and trailer
    over £300, plus entries per day, £100 it all ended up too much to justify. However it would be something for you to spectate between thrashing your cars over the mountain.
     
  4. vpulsar

    vpulsar Well-Known Member

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    I'd be interested mate I could give my newly built by then car a good blast over the mountains, I could get the ferry from Liverpool still a long trek down from Aberdeen but worth it for the fun factor.

    I'd really like to actually do stuff with this car being fifty I could dead next week lol.

    Rob
     
  5. campbellju

    campbellju Moderator Staff Member

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    I'm in. Unlikely to be in the R but have been wanting to do this for a while so would be good to get it in the calendar and book ferries etc
     
  6. fubar andy

    fubar andy Moderator & N/W Rep Staff Member

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    I've got no problems incorporating the Manx Classic hillclimb stuff if people want to do that?

    If not then again I'm not fussed, end of April or start of May would hopefully be dry and nice.

    With the weather being good, hopefully the mountain won't be covered in clouds to drastically impair your visibility when driving!
     
  7. gtircrazy

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    I hope you chaps do something of the sorts. NBR or TT circuit in the Gti-r would be a great trip away for the weekend!
     
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  8. PobodY

    PobodY Moderator Staff Member

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    I'd be up for this Andy. - I should have plenty of time to get the old girl back on the road (currently it's SORN and sitting in the drive, so there's an MOT to pass first).

    I don't know that I'm really interested in the NBR though.
     
  9. jaygtir

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    I would be interested in a trip to the IOM depending on dates.
    Should have all the little issues sorted on my R by then.
     
  10. fubar andy

    fubar andy Moderator & N/W Rep Staff Member

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    Ok, so...

    I've been checking out the information on the Manx Classic Rally (24/25/26/ April), there is a section of classic cars (pre 1940's) to Audi "Pikes Peak" cars and last year a 4x4 turbo Puma!
    So the section of cars is NOT just old ones there are cars from 80's, 90's as well as stuff from the pre 1940's onwards.

    Manx Rally Website

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    Photos from last years rally

    The rally times are as follows:

    Road Closure times:

    Thu 24 April Governor’s Sprint: 12 noon – 1500hrs (practice) & 1800 – 2130hrs (timed)
    Fri 25 April Creg Willey’s: 0915 – 1630 hrs
    Sat 26 April Lhergy Frissell: 0915 – 1700 hrs

    I want to point out though, this is a "driving" weekend and I don't want us all stood around all weekend watching other peoples cars fly past when we have an entire weekend to explore the island and dust the cobwebs off our cars. ;)


    Ferry Details:

    I have checked SteamPacket website and ferry times are as follows:

    Outbound:
    Heysham - IOM Thursday 24th April - Depart: 02:15 - Arrive: 05:45
    Heysham - IOM Thursday 24th April - 14:15 - Arrive: 17:45

    Liverpool - IOM Thursday 24th April - Depart: 11:15 - Arrive: 14:00
    Liverpool - IOM Thursday 24th April - Depart: 19:15 - Arrive: 22:00


    Inbound:
    IOM - Heysham Monday 28th April -Depart: 08:45 - Arrive: 12:15
    IOM - Heysham Monday 28th April - Depart: 19:45 - Arrive: 23:15

    IOM - Monday 28th April - Depart: 07:30 - Arrive: 10:15
    IOM - Liverpool Monday 28th April - Depart: 15:00 - Arrive: 17:45

    Total Price £166.00

    You can mix and match these times and dates too, so you can leave Heysham and return via Liverpool if you wanted to?

    Hotels

    I've been ringing around hotels on the island and at present the Mount Murray Hotel probably won't have enough rooms available for more than 5 people in April and they also mentioned that building work may be ongoing, which is hotel terms, means there WILL be building work still going on!

    Depending on peoples budgets there are more expensive hotels on the island, costing over £100 per night, or I have thought about perhaps for cost saving look at seafront hotels which I have stayed at in the past.

    This is the hotel I stay at when on the IOM:

    The Empress Hotel

    http://www.theempresshotel.net/

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    It's clean, tidy, free wifi and has an "all you can eat buffet" restaurant downstairs (Rob ;-)) or a restaurant on the ground floor!

    I checked a number of hotels along the front and they all seem to be around the £60-£90 per night area, however for a single room from 24th - 28th at the Empress its £217.00 (£54.00 per night). Which is cheaper compared to when I've stayed there on business!
    It's right on the front, the city centre is minutes way and there is a decent curry house round the corner if people fancy that one night?

    Only downside really is leaving your car on the main street at night time, other than that I can't see any real negatives.

    So to summarise:

    I was going to the Isle of Man, I would go:

    Ferry:

    Outbound:
    Heysham - IOM Thursday 24th April - Depart: 02:15 - Arrive: 05:45

    Inbound:
    IOM - Heysham Monday 28th April -Depart: 08:45 - Arrive: 12:15

    @ £166.00

    Hotel:

    The Empress

    Thursday 24th April - Monday 28th April @ £217.00

    Total: £383.00 + food, drink and fuel (or £95.75 a day)

    If you want to come over later, say Friday and leave Sunday I don't mind, its up to you, just check their websites above!

    If most of you are happy with that, then all I'll confirm those dates and leave it to you to get it booked asap; however leaving it later into the year may make it more expensive!

    Let me know what you think?

     
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  11. vpulsar

    vpulsar Well-Known Member

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    Sounds good mate, I can't book yet until I know if my car is actually going to be ready in time, If not I may consider coming over in the Aero but it wouldn't be as much fun.



    Rob
     
  12. fubar andy

    fubar andy Moderator & N/W Rep Staff Member

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    I understand, keep me posted. I think we should have some people going over regardless.

    Also Rob, I'm not sure if you know, but the Heysham port is further north than Liverpool, just noticed your earlier post about using Liverpool to go the IOM
     
  13. vpulsar

    vpulsar Well-Known Member

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    That's good then less mileage lol, I'm really keen on going to this Andy if I can get Danny and Martin to get it ready in time I'm defo in.
     
  14. PobodY

    PobodY Moderator Staff Member

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    I checked with my co-driver, and she's not interested... but doesn't see why I shouldn't go. - I'll look at the dates and decide how much of it I'll attend because there's leave to book.

    I've booked an MOT test, but I don't really expect a pass given that there's still a rust hole in the door and it hasn't been driven for a while (although I have started it and given it a service). If it fails, I might get them to fit the under-body brace whilst doing any other repairs (assuming they're not going to be stupid about it).
     
  15. fubar andy

    fubar andy Moderator & N/W Rep Staff Member

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    Excellent!

    Just to note, I will be booking The Empress Hotel and Ferry at the end of the month so that I am committed!
     
  16. vpulsar

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    Sounds good shame I can't book yet though, Don't really know yet if she will be ready.
     
  17. campbellju

    campbellju Moderator Staff Member

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    I'm still in. Maybe 2 nights. On my own and likely in the koch-mobile as R engine progress is going backwards again :-(

    Will book at same time as you
     
  18. dencon

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    I used the Empress a number of times when competing in the Manx Three Hill Challenge. Always found it very good. Brings back many good memories. Den.
     
  19. caboose23

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    Sounds like a great trip keep updated on any plans fingers crossed the sunny will be on the road for it but could bring the Mitsubishi VR just for the experience would be great fun keep us updated
     
  20. fubar andy

    fubar andy Moderator & N/W Rep Staff Member

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    That's not good news!
     

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