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NEW FEATURES FOR MANX GRAND PRIX FESTIVAL WEBSITE

18th March 2011
Public forum, results database and translation service added to online presence

Visitors to the Official Manx Grand Prix Festival website, mgpfestival.com, can now make use of a series of improvements aimed at making the site the ultimate resource for all MGP information.

The website now includes a public discussion forum, a complete database of results for the Manx Grand Prix and a facility for translating the site into more than 50 languages.

The site was launched last year as a ‘one-stop shop’ for information about the two-week festival, which includes the Manx Grand Prix, which is racing for modern and classic bikes on the legendary Mountain course, the Manx Classic Trial, the Manx 2 Day Trial and the VMCC Manx Rally.

Run on behalf of the Isle of Man Government’s Department of Economic Development by Manx firm Duke Marketing – which also runs the official TT website – mgpfestival.com features regular news updates, travel and accommodation advice and information about the Isle of Man.

There are also separate sections for each festival event, with essential information for teams, competitors, volunteers and fans, including downloadable regulations and entry forms. During the 2010 MGP Festival the site offered reports and results, including the innovative and highly acclaimed MGP Live! service, which delivered live timings and commentary from around the Mountain course.

In order to make visiting the site an even better experience, a series of upgrades have been introduced.

The first addition is the public discussion forum. By simply clicking on the link at the top of any page within mgpfestival.com visitors can read the latest posts and debates about the festival. The MGP forum is part of the popular forum within the official website of the TT. Anyone who is already a registered user of the TT forum will be able to start posting straight away, while, for new users, the registration process is quick, simple and free.

While the forum invites open debate, there are rules and all users are required to fully read the terms and conditions before posting.

The next improvement is the addition of the MGP results database. Making use of the world-famous TT database, mgpfestival.com now has complete results for every Manx Grand Prix meeting since 1923.

The Manx Motor Cycle Club organised its first meeting on the Snaefell Mountain Course in 1923, under the title of The Manx Amateur Road Race Championship, which quickly became known as the Amateur TT. In 1930, after many years of disputes over the word Amateur, the event was re-christened the Manx Grand Prix.

Now the full results of the 397 races held since the first race on Thursday, September 20th, 1923, can be viewed online. Listed by competitor, the database holds the results of 23,325 riders who have come under starters orders. Over the years they have completed 84,511 laps of the 37.73-mile Mountain Course, a total distance of more than 3 million miles!

Another upgrade of mgpfestival.com is the addition of a translation service. The site is accessed by thousands of people all over the world and in order to make their experience more enjoyable they can now select the language they would like to read the site in. There are more than 50 to choose from.

The Google translation service has been chosen because it is quick and simple to use as well as being a trusted brand around the world. Due to the use of technical motorsport terms and colloquialisms specific to the British Isles, the translations may not always be 100% accurate. However, the service will make mgpfestival.com accessible to many more people and the use of Google ensures that happens with the minimum effort for the user.

Duke Marketing Managing Director Peter Duke said:

“We always strive to improve the online experience for visitors to all the websites we operate, and listen to feedback from users to ensure their expectations are being met and exceeded.”

“We are delighted with the response to mgpfestival.com since its launch last year, and I believe the addition of the forum, translation service and database will make the website an even more valuable resource as well as an improved online experience.”

Source IOM MGP Press office












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