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Entries have now closed for the 2014 Isle of Man Classic TT Races presented by Bennetts with a massive number of entries received.

The event’s race promoter, The Isle of Man Government Department of Economic Development, has received a total of 329 entries across the 3 races and four categories. The race organisers will now review the entries and agree the final start lists for the 270 starting places.

The Motorsport Merchandise Formula 1/Formula 2 Race leads the way with 144 entries while both the Bennetts 500cc Race with 101 registrations and the Okells 350cc Race with 84 are also up on last year's numbers.

The event will again see many of the leading TT competitors competing against Classic Racing specialists while the event's global interest is reflected in entries from Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, Holland, France, the USA as well as the British Isles and of course the Isle of Man.

Following a week of practice and qualifying which starts on Saturday 16th August, the race programme begins with the Bennetts 500cc Classic TT Race on Saturday 23rd August. The second and final day of racing takes place on Bank Holiday Monday 25th August with the Okells 350cc Classic TT Race being followed by the combined Motorsport Merchandise Formula 1 and Formula 2 Classic TT Races.

The Classic TT Races form part of a four-day festival of motorcycle nostalgia from the 22nd to 25th August, which also includes a Paddock Carnival, classic racing machinery displays, photographic exhibitions, the Festival of Jurby and a whole host of social events.

The Classic TT is one of the events that make up the 2014 Isle of Man Festival of Motorcycling, which runs from August 16th to August 31. The festival also includes the Manx Grand Prix (25th to 29th August), Manx 2-Day Trial (23rd and 24th August), Manx Classic Trial (30th and 31st August) and the VMCC rally and The Festival of Jurby (24th August).

David Cretney, MHK, Political Member for Tourism and Motorsport, Isle of Man Government commented: "The Classic Bike community has really got behind our event and this is a stunning response following its successful first year. The event has quickly met our stated objective of being the world's leading Classic Bike event and the growth in visitors and competitors will further contribute to the Island's economy as well as giving fans a great nostalgic TT experience."

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