You are bound to already know that the 2019 Tandragee 100 was a cracker.
Derek McGee took four wins, Derek Shiels nipping the 1st Superbike Open Race from him in a day that was full of duels and mass brawls all down the grid.
The weather was glorious – maybe a little chilly for the weaker amongst us, but all in all glorious. The event was smoothly run without any major hiccups.
Again due to other commitments I was restricted to using the camera phone again but I have uploaded the useable photos.
Maybe you will see your favourite racer, maybe you will see yourself. I appreciate the quality certainly isn’t professional but if see something you want to use, please do so – just don’t claim it to be your own. That is all I ask.
Want to read more about the 2019 Tandragee 100? Then check out these links :
The 2019 Cookstown 100 was a cracking’ event, even though the weather didn’t play nice.
Next up is the 2019 Tandragee 100 – practice and qualifying starts tomorrow – followed by Race Day on Saturday (04/05/2019).
So to wet your appetite and have a quick look back at last week, here are a few images from the 2019 Cookstown 100. (Apologies – the quality could be better but due to other commitments I was restricted to just using my camera phone .
See you in Tandragee!
The full results of the 2019 Cookstown 100 can be found here :
If like me Photobucket (I won’t even link to the trash) has shafted you by deciding to effectively take ownership of your photographs and content – and break who knows how many of your internet links, whether they be on social media, blogs, albums from yesteryear – we are running out of time until their next shafting!
It is a long story behind this saga but it can basically be summed up as follows – of course this is just my opinion – but here goes…
The Photobucket Story So Far:
Photobucket Got Greedy.
Photobucket froze millions of users out of their accounts – then decided to charge extortionate prices to let people back in. In the region of $400 a year to be a Premium member! Or if you didn’t want to be Premium you could pay $99 / year to be ‘allowed’ to link to your own photos elsewhere – such as on this blog! The result was the internet became flooded with this image :
The internet obviously reacted with fury as billions of images had just been effectively deleted. Well established forums lost years of valuable photos and posts – imagine a Tutorial on a car site with no photos – that is the reality! Only that car site with the tutorial – was actually millions of sites and millions of tutorials, threads, content that could never be replaced. Original Posters (OPs) abandoned threads, abandoned writing content, it was a disaster for many really decent sites – all Photobuckets fault.
Photobucket reacted – they allowed the ‘hotlinking’ of images again – and the internet got its content back – but honestly the damage was done. There was a caveat though – the images were only back temporarily. The Photobucket fat cats decided to give users a ‘grace period’ to get their accounts in order and more importantly pay up!
If you didn’t pay up you went to a free account – which they claim to be approximately 250 images.
To be fair – at those prices I would have paid. But the disgraceful, underhanded behaviour displayed by Photobucket means I never will!
Motorcycle Live 2018 ran this year from 17th – 25th November, so now that is over I can post up a few photographs along with my thoughts on the show and what I saw this year without having to issue a spoiler.
This year saw 4 halls filled with the current (and upcoming) offerings of 40 manufacturers along with a chance to test ride numerous machines both on the road and on the ever popular Adventure course where you can test on the most popular adventure bikes on a well thought indoor track. It’s not taxing, not difficult at all, but it is fun.
The Live Arena was also present and what was previously a showcase for Arena Cross this year was taken over by Moto Cirque and what these guys can do on such a small stage really is spectacular. If you get that the chance to see their show in full, take it.
Other than that it is all about the bikes and I have composed a gallery of over 100 photos for your viewing pleasure but first I am going to point out a few of my highlights…
Another glorious day on the Isle of Man. So it was off to the course to have a few runs round the Mountain Road before heading to a new vantage point to watch the evening’s qualifying / practice sessions.
The first thing I noticed was the iconic house that I knew as the ‘PokerStars House’ was now the ‘Honda House.’
Missing getting over the mountain in 2016 I watched the session from this park – it is a good viewing area if you ever visit.
If you look towards the house you will see lots of bikes parked up. That’s because the Mountain section was closed due to a collision, unfortunately this year this was an all too common occurrence.
My trip over to this year’s (2018) Isle of Man TT Races got me there just in time for the final race session from the Billown Circuit, – the Pre-TT in Castletown. This session is generally held on the Monday at the start of practice week however this year it has been moved to the Sunday (one day before). This works well as it means you can sit relax and enjoy the racing without having to worry about getting to your chosen spot on the TT Circuit for the Monday night practice.
Also the Sunday night of practice week was traditionally a bit slack, with very little going on. That has now all changed as we now have racing all day and evening.
The Pre-TT runs in Castletown, Isle of Man on the Billown Circuit on the Friday, Saturday (1st Day of Practice) and Sunday. This year that was 25th – 27th May but to be sure you keep up to date subscribe to the TBNI.Blog Road Racing Calendar – it automatically updates so you will never miss another meeting! https://tbni.blog/road-racing-calendar/
The Southern 100 series markets itself as ‘the Friendly Races’ and ‘Road Racing’s Biggest Secret’ and that’s a pretty fair representation.
This muti bike start meeting covers classics, junior and senior as well as classic suberbikes and sidecars.
The crowds are not massive (they deserve to be) – the people are friendly the pits are wide open with the riders all working hard and happy to interact with the spectators.
If you like a grandstand there are a couple near to the start / finish line where seats start at the princely sum of £1.00!
Drinks, food, refreshments, souvenirs etc are all there and all reasonably priced – all in all this is a great meeting, very akin to any of the Irish / Northern Irish National meetings and although the crowds weren’t huge it has a very loyal following with plenty of visitors coming from the Emerald Isle (and all over) purely for this meeting and the heading home before the TT proper even gets underway. That in itself is a fine testament to this meeting and it really should make it onto everyone’s to do list.
Check out the results of the 2018 Blackford’s Pre-TT Classic Road Races here :
After a glorious and incident free Thursday night Saturday Race Day had a lot to live up to!
It did live up to it and then some!
With a reported 120,000 visitors to Northern Ireland’s North Coast the sun came, it was scorching – the crowds came – they were loving it – and the racing came – with the world’s best road racers putting on a show the like the North West hadn’t seen for years.
It was a true spectacle, road racing at its finest and – incident free. Only one red flag, new comer Nadieh Schoots came off at University and thankfully only suffered a badly bruised leg.
This was exactly what the NW200 needed after a few less that perfect years and was a real testament to everyone involved coupled with a little luck (weather) – but we all need a little luck sometimes!
Thursday night’s racing was sun-kissed, fast, contested and incident free. A superb night on Northern Ireland’s North Coast and I am happy to bring you a full gallery covering all the action from the evening’s three races. It was the perfect set up for the 2018 NW200 Race Day Saturday…
(For info these photographs were taken on the Portrush side of the Juniper Hill Chicane – about 300m before the chicane.)
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