Enniskillen 100 Revival; Press Release

This year, 2012, will be the 60th Anniversary of the last race, which was held on 20th August 1952. A group of local enthusiasts, with support from Fermanagh District Council, have been planning a 'Revival' event for over a year now and we hope to put on a show on 25th August that will be a mix of nostalgia and excitement. The main emphasis will be on motorbikes, with many historic and interesting machines taking part in parade laps of a circuit laid out at  the St Angelo Airfield. Historic and Classic cars will also be running on the circuit and there will be a great selection of bikes and cars on show in the static displays.

Already there are some exotic machines entered for this amazing display. The ex Freddie Protat 500 ROC Yamaha, Protat, finished a personal best of 8th in his home Grand Prix, the French GP in 1996.

The bike was also raced by the Late Gary Dynes at the Isle of Man TT races, the UGP, and  practised on it for North Monaghan races.

Another exciting machine to attend will be the ex Tony Rutter  1973 North West 200  350 race winning machine. This machine is the monocoque  framed machine, designed by French rider/engineer Eric Offendstadt.

Both these machines are owned by English business man, Jim Gibson.

Jim will also be bringing his 125 MBA, which was the last  one to be raced at Grand Prix level, and is also a former British Championship winning machine!.

Don’t forget, We are aiming to make this a family friendly event, with a funfair, stalls and games etc.
And, if you are  interested in joining this prestigious event on 25th August to celebrate our motorsport heritage and have a great day out?
If so, contact Wayne Owens [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

You will find more information on the Enniskillen 100 Revival, including admission fees etc on www.enniskillen100.com.


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Baylon McCaughey


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Meath man on the comeback trail

Meath man on the comeback trail:

Stamullen native Alan Bonner is set for a busy season of racing after taking delivery of a new Honda Superbike. The 28 year old ex-plasterer has had a couple of seasons to forget due to injuries suffered at a round of the Adelaide Masters in Mondello Park when he broke both wrists and machine issues on his ex-Gary Johnson Superstock Honda. After a hard winter of physical training to get him ready for the season ahead, Bonner took the decision to sell the Superstock machine and purchase an ex-CD Racing Superbike.

The 2010 Senior Support Champion will now set his sights firmly on the Adelaide Masters Series which will be held over five weekends on both the Mondello Park and Bishopscourt circuits as well as returning to the North West 200 in May and the Ulster Grand Prix in August. Bonner competed at both of the International events in 2012 but suffered brake failure at the NW200 and at the UGP the mechanical gremlins resurfaced when a chain broke, meaning he missed most of the practice sessions. He did however complete two races at the UGP including a 7th place finish in the Dundrod Challenge and a 20th place in the UGP Superstock race, with a best lap of 124mph.

To get him ‘up to speed’, Bonner will get his season underway at the opening round of the Adelaide Masters Series in early April before heading to Northern Ireland for the Cookstown 100 at the end of the month, he will also contest selected national road races. With a busy season ahead, Bonner is ever grateful to his loyal band of sponsors and supporters: Armstrong Machinery, IC Racing, RB Motors, Mondello Park, Rooftech, NDM, Tolan Racing and Retink Graphics.

Alan Bonner: “I’m really looking forward to getting the season underway and can’t wait to get some miles in on the Superbike. The Superstock served me well but at the Internationals I was being passed as if I had left the handbrake on so the extra horsepower will be a big bonus. I had no luck at the internationals last year so there is a lot of unfinished business there but I’ll take my time to get dialled in with the new bike. I’m also looking forward to hopefully being able to run up front at the Adelaide Masters as well. I’d love to do the TT but at the minute the cost is prohibitive, fingers crossed we can go there in 2014.”





Words: Aidan Lynam

Photographs: Eoghan Tolan



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