VINTAGE Motorcycle Club chiefs have announced that the annual Festival of Jurby is suspended until further notice.
The event, which hit the Isle of Man’s only short circuit on the Sunday before Manx Grand Prix race week last month, had just celebrated its 10th running in 2019.
But with a number of committee members stepping down and more stringent regulations befalling both organisers and participants, VMCC bosses decided to put the meeting on ice until a number of uncertainties can be clarified – including insurance concerns.
A statement from the Committee reads:
“As the event grows, we are seeing heavier regulation come into effect, and responsibilities grow to surpass the capability of the small team that organises the event.
“Keeping riders safe is our utmost concern and in the current climate we’re facing additional uncertainties with insurance for any non-Manx riders given changes to EU Medical Cards.
“Consequently, and pending professional advice, the committee has reluctantly, and with regret, decided to suspend the Festival until further notice.
“The Vintage Motorcycle Club has always looked at ways to promote the island’s strong history with motorcycling and the tremendous machines many of our members lovingly restore and care for, and for the past decade of the Festival of Jurby has celebrated this perfectly.
“Our commitment to promoting vintage motorbikes on and off island remains as strong as ever, and the committee with be continuing with the many events we organise throughout the year, including the Manx Rally, however this is a perfect time to reflect and refocussing our efforts to look at new events.”
*Image: Dave Kneen