I've been several times and it is simply the best. Great racing. Modern and vintage bikes. None of the TT crowds, and the same great hospitality and venue that makes the Island a unique and wonderful place for moto-heads.
The following pics are from my 2011 visit to the Manx in which I had the honor of helping Joel Williams (rider) and Dave Hardman (bike owner) in their 350 BSA Gold Star campaign in the Junior Classic.
It was Joel's first run on the Island. Here he is at the Gooseneck:
And at Ballagh Bridge:
That's a real Goldie by the way - not a replica. Joel finished the Manx in 18th, I believe, 2d pushrod bike. It was horrid conditions - blowin', raining, foggy, . . . . The experienced guys were hoping they'd call the race. Joel just kept his head down and his laps never varied by more than 20 seconds . . . over the 37.4 mile course! A heroic ride in my opinion.
Scrutineering race day:
I also had the honor of supporting Dave Roper in 2004, but that is another story . . . .