2018 North West 200 : Tuesday Practice / Qualifying Sessions LIVE!

Live North West 200 Practice / Qualifying Session : (15/05/2018 – 10:15 – 15:00)

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2018 North West 200
2018 North West 200

NW200 : Saturday 14th May 2016 : Race Day

With the Thursday night Racing Session getting suspended due to a race related incident the Saturday Race Schedule had the extra race bumped into the schedule, meaning a full program of six races.

Racing started sharp and an excellent first race was unfortunately the only one of the schedule to run its course.

Race 2 was stopped following an incident involving Bruce Anstey who incidentally managed a speed trough the trap of a whopping 209.4mph!  Thankfully Bruce walked away from the crash after some roadside medical treatment.

Race 3 was then stopped and the remainder of the meeting cancelled following the death of Malachi Mitchell Thomas.

https://tbni.blog/2016/05/15/nw200-2016-a-tragic-end-rip-malachi-mitchell-thomas/

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NW200 : Thursday 12th May 2016 : Evening Racing

As is the now normal procedure Thursday night saw the first racing of the NW200 event.  The weather was glorious, as it had been all week, the roads were in top condition and things are now scheduled to move much more quickly, with the organisers now putting the focus on the racing, for the benefit of the spectators and fans rather than pit lane walks, interviews and TV cameras holding up the proceedings.

A welcome change to the program.

Three races were scheduled for the evening race session, however due to a non race related fire on the course Race 2 had to be postponed.  Then when set off again a race incident involving Ryan Farquhar and Dan Cooper suspended and ultimately finished proceedings for the evening.

The third race was scheduled to run on Saturday 14th May 2016 as part of the Saturday race programme.

However more importantly and thankfully Ryan Farquhar, who was seriously injured is now making good progress and full recovery is expected, Dan Cooper was not seriously injured, should also be back to 100% fighting fit very soon.

A non race related fire on the course suspends Race 2 at the NW200 on Thursday 12 May 2016
A non race related fire on the course suspends Race 2 at the NW200 on Thursday 12 May 2016

Gallery :

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Nw200 2016 : A Tragic End : RIP Malachi Mitchell Thomas

Malachi Mitchell Thomas In Action at 2016 NW200
Malachi Mitchell Thomas In Action at 2016 NW200

The 2016 NW200 ended in tragedy yesterday with the death of a new comer to the event, Malachi Mitchell-Thomas, a 20 year old from Chorley in Lancashire.

A true racer who was over at the event with his father and this year had set the Irish Road Racing Scene on fire with his talent, personality and charism.

A true tragedy without doubt, however rather than me try to express this young man’s skills and talent, 2 interviews that I have watched sum everything up perfectly and are absolutely worth watching…

Malachi Mitchell Thomas' Father Pays Tribute to His Son
Malachi Mitchell Thomas’ Father Pays Tribute to His Son

Father pays tribute to Malachi Mitchell-Thomas

Philip McCallen Pays Tribute to Malachi Mitchell Thomas

Floral Tributes at the Scene at NW200 2016 where Rider Malachi Mitchell Thomas was Tragically Killed
Floral Tributes at the Scene at NW200 2016 where Rider Malachi Mitchell Thomas was Tragically Killed

RIP / Ride In Peace

 

16/05/2015 NW200 Saturday Race Day

NW200 16/05/2015 Saturday Racing

After a great Thursday night racing and the weather being exceptionally kind, Saturday rolled up. When I left the house it was glorious! So sunny it was almost hazy. I had to stop half way there to put my waterproofs on as it looked like it was going to chuck it down, and by the time I arrived although it hadn’t rained it looked like it was going to, big time! It was dark and there was some proper big ass black clouds floating menacingly over head. It did not take long for them to burst! And so began the theme for the day, sunny, windy, cloudy, raining, heavy ass raining, sunny, warm, windy, cloudy… and repeat!

The first race of the day had to be cancelled after a couple of restarts but from about 1.30 -2.00PM we did get some more continuous according to plan racing, it even looked like, for a short while, that the road closure contingencies would be used to get the final race in however as the winds had picked up again the riders and management decided against that.

So all in all it was a great days racing and thankfully, ultimately no one was fatally injured. A rider was critically injured as was a spectator when a bike left the track and hit her in a garden, a tragic freak accident, however thankfully and mercifully all involved and injured people are now well on the mend, and all are expected to make a full recovery.

See you next year! Onto the TT!

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It’s Race Week… Vauxhall International 2015 North West 200 – NW200

Vauxhall International 2015 North West 200 - Race Week

Just a quick note to all the riders, teams, and spectators, have a great and safe Race Week!  Keep an eye on my twitter where I should be live on Thursday and Saturday!

It’s gonna be great.  And if you can’t get down there check out the BBC for live coverage of ALL practice and race sessions!

Let’s go Tyco BMW!

http://www.northwest200.org

Vauxhall International 2015 North West 200 - Race Week
Vauxhall International 2015 North West 200 – Race Week

2015 Adelaide Motorcycle Festival – Belfast

Adelaide Motorcycle Festival 2015

It has been a year or two (2013 actually) since I have went near this show, but I ventured back today for a look with huge hopes that it had improved since my last visit.

Thankfully it has.  I will address the 2 bad points firstly that I came away with today – firstly £12 entrance fee is just crazy.  That is only slightly cheaper that the NEC’s Motorcycle Live which was simply outstanding.  This show is more like a gathering of dealers, with a range of their bikes that they want to sell you.  Nothing new, nothing revealed, just a load of nice and shiny bikes all in one place to tempt you out of a few hundred quid for the next 36 – 48 months, therefore I think it is a bit cheeky to be expected to pay such a high entrance fee to essentially enter a huge multi-manufacturer’s show room.

Secondly, on your way in you will pass by the ‘Jumble.’  Make sure you go in because there is simply some stunning vintage bikes and cars in here and a few interesting vendors.  However Bad point 2 is also in here.  Some of the vendors are just selling junk, and they genuinely don’t seem bothered.

My eye was taken by two quaint little signs, neither of which held any real world value, I just thought they would look rather cool in my garage.  Heres’ how the conversation went….

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Northern Ireland International North West 200 – 2014

Michael Dunlop v William Dunlop at 2014 NW200

Some how I missed these photos in my ‘To Attend To’ folder on my computer, so for that I can only apologise.

A few very quick words will have to suffice as I am so far out of date, but another spectacular NW200 this year and I look forward to the next.  Thoughts and Prayers of course with the family of , Simon Andrews, the rider who was tragically killed at this years event.

Simon Andrews NW200 2014
Simon Andrews NW200 2014

NW200 2014 Gallery : 

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The Relentless North West 200 – Portrush 17 – 19 May 2012 Galleries.

Get 'er Lit!

I know I have been promising these for quite some time, and if you have been contacting me in relation to when they were going up please accept my apologies for the delay.

It just took a little longer than I was expecting to get the time to trim them down and make sure the best photos made it.  I had well over 700 to sort through, and I hope I have brought you the best of them!

The only gripe I have, which to be honest about I am reasonably devastated over is that there was a horribly placed fence just in front of me that played havoc with getting the wheels of the bikes in the shots.  Unfortunately I couldn’t get any higher to try and cut over it, and I didn’t want to move, as my position at this chicane was far too good to let go.

The other thing I thought was that the decals and livery of the bikes were just too nice for me to not put up the photos due to the fact that the fence interfered with the wheels a little.  So I am aware that the fence is not ideal in the photos, but I also felt you should get a good look at the bikes regardless.

Also this was my first attempt at motion photography, and I have to say I really enjoyed trying a few different techniques.  I still am learning and motorsport photography is definitely something I will be working at in the future, so expect some more.

Read moreThe Relentless North West 200 – Portrush 17 – 19 May 2012 Galleries.