Gary Firth, from Birkwood Avenue, Cudworth, was making his first appearance at the event when he crashed last Friday afternoon.
Neighbour Dawn Kaye said: "I was watching the news and I thought 'oh God that's awful' but I didn't realise who it was.
"I didn't know he was even going there, it came as such a shock, he was such a sweet and lovely fella."
The Isle of Man's Coroner of Inquests has been informed and an investigation into the circumstances of the accident is underway.
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