Appeal of North Armagh jewel in more than just race results
THE Tandragee 100 appeal now extends beyond two days of racing and features a string of related events designed to provide fans with a special experience.
Promoted by North Armagh Motorcycle and Car Club, the road race countdown kicked off on Sunday with a walk around the 5.3-mile course in aid of the Injured Riders’ Welfare Fund.
Monday’s static display in Tandragee proved another popular part of the pre-race fun.
“We try to give something back each year so have nominated Cancer Research UK as our chosen charity,” said Tandragee 100 event co-ordinator, Ian Forsythe. “Sponsorship support from Around-A-Pound and other traditional backers is vital.
“However, this year’s meeting will feature a race in which the prize fund has been generated by public donations.
“The People’s Race will help us kick off proceedings and anyone who made a donation can see a name printed in the official programme.
“The programme could hold the key to the meeting’s future as sales and donations prove vital.
“We have wonderful assistance from members of the Tandragee 100 Supporters’ Club but costs continue to rise in terms of staging the annual meeting.
“We want to go down the route this year of asking spectators to either purchase a programme at the cost of £10 or donate £5.
“With anticipated crowds of 10-12,000, every penny counts.
“We have grandstand entry fees set at £2 for practice or £5 on Saturday.
“Our weekend walk attracted a record turnout so it was a great way to start off everything.
“We have also organised a post-practice rock night in Tandragee Golf Club, when RJ Woolsey will be performing hits from the 1980s.
“The parade lap should prove another highlight as it features great names from the past, not to mention some spectacular machines.
“We have also introduced two memorial awards this season in tribute to former colleagues.
“Phillip Riddall not only enjoyed great success on Classic bikes but also helped to promote and protect the field.
“Therefore, we felt it would be a fitting tribute to name the Classic event in his memory.
“Our ‘man-of-the-meeting’ award will now be named in honour of the late Billy McClelland, a wonderful friend over the years to the Tandragee 100.”
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