Thu, 15 Jun 2017

After a year in the making, here at Isle of Man Events we are delighted to report that our meticulously planned BAC Mono Isle of Man Experience lived up to all expectations.

Working in tandem with Tony Quayle, Safety Officer for the Motorsport Association, we arranged for 12 of these magnificent British built sports cars to be shipped to the Island – accompanied by their owners, some of whom had travelled far and wide to be here, including Europe and even Hong Kong. The aim was to participate in a four day driving (and a spot of sightseeing) adventure.

We arranged track time for them at Jurby Airfield and with Tony’s expertise and know-how, not forgetting fantastic cooperation from the Isle of Man’s Department of Infrastructure, we were able to shut a section of the Sloc for a few hours on the Sunday. This provided our visitors with a great opportunity to put their high powered machines to the test on a closed road.  What a spectacle!

For those who aren’t overly familiar with the cars, BAC is short for Briggs Automotive Company, which was founded in 2011 with its factory located near Liverpool Airport.

The iconic Mono is a road legal, single seater, powered by a 2.3 litre four-cylinder Cosworth engine producing 285bhp. Capable of 0-62mph in 2.6 seconds, it has a top speed of 170 mph. The Mono has also been one of the fastest vehicles to go round the Top Gear test track on road legal tyres.

Given our long association with major motorsport events on the Island, organising this latest one was a real privilege. We arranged all the travel and accommodation and, in addition to the motoring itself, laid on a welcome event  at the Manx Museum as well as incorporating some special sightseeing activities for our guests. All resulting in a varied and memorable short break.

Our special thanks are reserved for Tony Quayle and his team of medical staff and volunteers who ensured that the strictest safety standards were followed throughout.

I know the drivers really appreciated that we’d managed to have the Sloc closed so they could put the Monos through their paces (even though the weather was a little damp at the start of the session). Where else in the world would you get such a service, set amongst such stunning scenery. It’s what makes the Isle of Man such a special place to visit. We’d thoroughly recommend it!

Stop Press: We’re delighted to report that the BAC Mono owners have confirmed they’ll be back for more next year. They’re booked to return to the Isle of Man from May 3-6 2018 – and, once again, here at Isle of Man Events we look forward to laying on a great reception for them. 


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