At the launch of the JFM Mid Antrim 150 DVD on Saturday night, the club announced that there will be no Mid Antrim road race in 2017.
This year’s event was dogged with heavy rain prior to race day which resulted in the paddock turning into a quagmire, and a poor crowd attending the event.
The Club however stressed that plans are in place to return the Race back in 2018 and to become a regular event on the calendar.
In 2017 the Mid Antrim 150 Club will be promoting the Neil Robinson memorial race as a two day event on the 8th.and 9th.July at Bishopscourt Race Circuit.
Mid Antrim 150 Club would like to take this opportunity to invite you to the launch of the JFM Haulage Mid Antrim 150 Road Race DVD.
The event will take place on Saturday 19th November 2016 in the private function room of Ballymena Rugby Club. Doors will be open from 7.30 and the DVD highlights will be shown from 8.30pm sharp.
£5 Admission and entertainment will be provided by DJ John Blair until 1.00am.
A raffle will take place and DVD's will be on sale at a price of £15. Everyone welcome
For further details please contact Allana on 075 4887 5969 or Davy on 077 4058 6135
Please download Race Information containing Races, Sponsors, number of Laps and Prizes for each winner.
Generally sidecars seem comparable to Marmite in as much as they are either loved or hated with a passion. Whether you love or hate them, one undisputed fact is that Lowry Burton was a star of his time. A sidecar legend in Ireland and a very proud Ulsterman who took on the cream of sidecar racing in the 1980's.
In researching his racing career, I found out Lowry was a multiple Irish and Scottish champion, first racing at the Isle of Man TT with Martin Murphy in 1979. They finished 37th in the first race improving 10 places in the second.
Lowry must have been quite taken with the Isle of Man as he returned in 1980 finishing 5th only beaten by the indomitable Jock Taylor, Trevor Ireson, Nigel Rollason and Mick Boddice.
He then paired up with Pat Cushnahan and achieved two wins during their TT career together. The Carrickfergus crew also achieved three second places and a third.
Lowry’s talent should not be underestimated at the TT, as his times in the 80s would have him placed 15th at the 2016 TT!
Whilst those TT achievements are more than commendable, it was at the Southern 100 he really shone. He won his first ever race in 1980 and from then until 1989 he was only beaten once. Fastest laps were his in every race and even Dave Molyneux could not catch him.
On the 23 April 2010 Sidecar TT winner Lowry sadly passed away after fighting a long battle with illness. There were many tributes to him as you would expect, reconfirming his talent and the high regard with which he was held. One tribute stood out from Gordon Shand who wrote “I learned a lot from this man by his very thorough preparation of his outfits particularly at the TT, I am proud to have raced against him, a true gentleman.”
The Mid Antrim 150 Club are delighted to host the first Lowry Burton Challenge and hope you enjoy the two races today.
Neil Robinson Memorial Race at Kirkistown Race Circuit - Saturday 9th July 2016.
Carl Fogarty supports JFM Haulage 150 Road Race 2016Ex Superbike World Champion Carl Fogarty who has a keen interest in national road racing in Ireland giving his support to our race!!
Thanks to Millsport Motorcycles Ballymoney for supplying the new Suzuki GSX1000 for travelling marshal Jack Agnew to use at the Mid Antrim 150 race and all other races in Northern Ireland throughout the year.
Pictured left to right Road Racing Ireland models, Lauren Sarah Hall, Davy McKendry, Billy Lyons,Jack Agnew and Aaron Lyons.