Countdown on to Mid-Antrim club nostalgia night
THE Mid Antrim club, as I mentioned before, are running a Night of Nostalgia in Ballymena Rugby Club on Saturday 2nd February.
Thanks to Davy McCartney, I have a few names of people who will be taking part. It looks like the Dromara Destroyers team will attend, along with Classic rider John Scott and Gerry Brennan.
Crumlin man Davy Johnson, winner of the 1985 Lightweight Manx Grand Prix, where he beat none other than Carl Fogarty into third place, will also be there.
Harold Crooks and the Rev Robert Coulter, two men who have been about bikes for a small lifetime ,will also take part in a chat show.
A number of other names are expected to confirm their attendance within the next couple of days. There will also be a bike orientated table quiz on the night. More details as and when.
Biggerstaff takes over
Roy Biggerstaff, a man who has acted as Clerk of the Course at Bishopscourt for many short circuit events, has taken his involvement to a new level. He has succeeded Wilson McKibben as the new manager of the Co. Down circuit.
Roy said: “The work done by circuit owner Jim O’Brien and the previous manager Wilson McKibben has put Bishopscourt on the map as the best venue in Ireland.”
Jim O’Brien took over the reins at Bishopscourt 11 years ago, after Banbridge men Davy Beattie and John Giffin decided to part with the former airfield base that they had owned since 1992.
Since then, O’Brien has built the track up that it is now well on par with anything across the water. It’s no secret that he wants a round of the BSB championship, and to be honest, I can see little standing in his way.
Roy Biggerstaff is a man who has been about motorsport for many years. Apart from acting as CoC for a number of clubs, he is also on the panel of MCUI Travelling Marshals and also works with the Ulster Centre at the annual training school.
As I understand it, there is to be a test day at the circuit in early March, but the first race action proper is the Easter Saturday meeting on the 30th March. I wish Roy well in his new post.
MCUI Race School
Mentioned above, the MCUI race school takes place at Kirkistown. Newcomers are advised that they will not be issued with a racing licence unless they take part in this. The dates are 10th February; 24th February and the 3rd March. All are Sundays.
Reading one of the popular websites, it appears that the MCUI will this year allow a limited number of experienced riders out. I’m not too sure if the experienced guys will have their own sessions or whether they will be on track at the same time as the newcomers.
For anyone, newcomers or otherwise who wants to take part, speak to Jim Cray ASAP to book your place. Jim can be contacted on 028 90813095.
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