yeah August 2008, 45th International BSA Rally. did i mention we were there for the practice week, of the Manx GP?
looking at the course map, the BSA Rally Campground was on the first big straight- at Union Mills. the bikes would scream past going so fast it was just surreal! the pix of practicing riders were taken at Kirk Micheal, and at Ballaugh Bridge.
you find a pub, drink some traditional Cask Ales, maybe have some fresh, locally caught/grown food, and watch the race bikes zoom by at breath-taking speeds, just a few feet away. well. it doesn't suck.
of course they race every kind of bike imaginable, including several classes of vintage bikes. race officials close the roads down (on the course anyway) at 6:00 PM and practice runs thru 9:00. it's fantastic! Motorcycle Nirvana to say the least. you can ferry over to the IoM from many different places in Europe and the UK, or you can fly right into Douglas. if this is on your "list" at ALL, then GO. just do it. it is SO doggone cool that no words can adequately describe it. seriously!