D&GW 250cc Irish Short Circuit Championship

Round four of the 2012 D&GW 250 Irish Short Circuit Championships took place at the Bishopscourt Circuit in Co-Down last Saturday, as part of the Support class's for the Adelaide Masters round.

Going into Saturdays two 250cc races, Randlestown rider Nigel Percy on the D&GW Honda had a comfortable 23pts lead over second place man Thomas Lawlor, but Percy's lead was slashed after Saturdays races to just 12pts after Percy failed to finish race two after his machine expired while leading with just two laps remaining.
In Race one, Percy took the race win from Richard Glasgow and Thomas Lawlor after the race was red flagged due to an incident involving Nico MaWhinney, who crashed out thankfully without injury.
Percy looked to be on for another double in race two only for the gremlins to encounter him with two laps remaining, leaving the way clear for Lawlor and Glasgow to battle it out for the top honours with the race win going to Glasgow on the JPS Honda by just 0.14 seconds from Lawlor and Ciaran Donnelly.
The penultimate round of the Championship is scheduled for Saturday 22nd September, again at Bishopscourt.
D&GW Championship Standings:
1 = Nigel Percy         (Randlestown)       D&GW Honda       3 wins               167pts
2 = Thomas Lawlor   (Kildare)                   Honda             1 win                155pts
3 = Richard Glasgow  (Cookstown)         JPS Honda           2 wins               115pts
4 = Nico MaWhinney                            D&GW Honda       3 wins               111pts
5 = Ciaran Donnely                                   Honda                                     80pts
6 = Trevor Reid                                   AWT Yamaha                                49pts
7 = Ronan Shanahan                                 Honda                                    48pts
8 = Tommy Henry                                     Honda                                    46pts
9 = John Ella                                            Honda                                    11pts


Richard Glasgow with Adelaide Insurance girls


Nigel Percy and Nico MaWhinney in hot action.

Richard Glasgow leads Thomas Lawlor on the last lap in race two.

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Recreating the first around the world ride 100 years on.

Carl Stearns Clancy and Walter Rendell Storey arrived in Dublin 100 years ago all set to ride around the world on their Hendersons except for one small but significant detail.

Storey had never ridden a motorbike in his life: a fact which even the normally imperturbable Clancy admitted people might find a little queer.

Undeterred by such a hurdle, they did what any men in their right minds would do: saw the sights and went shopping.

Two days later, after Clancy had spent a day teaching Storey to ride in Phoenix Park, they set off at last on their grand adventure: only for Storey to be rammed by a Dublin tram, damaging his bike and shaking him badly.

Storey’s machine would take some days to repair and so, with Clancy riding, Storey astride the petrol tank and 75lbs of baggage on the back, they finally made a “third and triumphal start” on roads made slippery with rain.

One hundred years later to the day, it was raining again as Gary Walker and I stood waiting for the Clancy cavalcade to arrive at Joe Duffy’s, the BMW dealer on the north of the city which Feargal O’Neill, the Dublin biker who’d alerted me to the Clancy story, had chosen as the starting point after the Phoenix Park authorities asked him for a €6.5 million Public Liability Insurance Indemnity which he couldn’t quite lay his hands on, then told him that in any case they couldn’t have the innocence of their leafy glades sullied by commercial razzmatazz.

At nine, the party began, like a reunion of old friends we had never met. There was Feargal, pulling in on his own GS Adventure, as friendly and convivial in person as he had been on phone and emails.

There were the bikers who had signed up with him to recreate the Irish leg of Clancy’s journey, at least 60 of them roaring up in spite of the rain on everything from a spotless 1959 BMW to start of the art machines.

And there, too, was Paddy Guerin, the owner of the only Henderson in Ireland, who had risen at dawn with his wife Rena and driven up with it from Cork in spite of a streaming cold.

Paddy cranked the starter, and after a deep, sonorous cough like history clearing its throat, the engine settled into the rhythm of all the years between then and now as Gary rode it around the block several times for the benefit of cameramen and photographers, Clancy’s boots planted firmly on the footboards of a Henderson for the first time in a century.

We shook Paddy’s hand, then climbed on our GS Adventures and pressed a button to bring them too coughing into life; a sound that grew like rolling thunder as the dozens of bikers around us climbed aboard and started their own engines.

We rode north, my head giddy with nervous euphoria that the great adventure had actually begun, and full of wonder at how Clancy must have felt as he rode along the same road at 20mph with 75lbs of luggage on the back and Storey on the front, his feet balanced on a rod pushed through the axle.

Wobbling north on this same road, their way blocked by numerous herds of cattle and flocks of sheep, Clancy had covered an impressive 88 miles by the time they rolled into Newtownbutler as darkness fell at 5.30pm.

There, as they rode up the main street past the thatched town hall, they spotted the yellow and black Cyclists’ Rest spoked wheel sign above the door of the Temperance Inn, and inside found shelter for the Henderson and bed and breakfast for 6s 6d, or $1.56.

It had, without a doubt, been a grand first day.

Today, the inn was boarded up and its door weathered by the wind and rain, but the hefty cast iron knocker which Clancy would have used to gain admission was still there.

I was giving it a hearty knock just for old time’s sake when a local man came wandering by.

“Och aye, it was still a hotel up to the Fifties or thereabouts, then Harry Sewell the postman and his wife lived there,” he said in answer to my question.

“And what was his wife’s name?” I said.

“Mrs Sewell,” he said, and wandered on.

As we rode into Donegal, we could not have asked for a better finale to the first day of Clancy’s boots on their second journey around the world, and you could see why Clancy had loved Donegal: it was like Middle Earth, with white cottages nestled in the nooks and crannies of its hills and dales, their aromatic turf smoke rising into the limpid air.

Parking their machine in the yard of a hut where a fisherman lived with his wife and five children in a single room containing only a plate rack and a bed, they were led by the eldest boy up to the cliffs.

Although he was clothed in rags and had never been to the nearest town 10 miles away, he was well versed in Irish history, and could even tell them the height of Niagara Falls.

At last we stood just where Clancy and Storey had stood 100 years before, as the sun sank in a blaze of glory and a half moon rose to take its place.

Keen to see if their young guide’s global knowledge had been passed down the generations, when we stopped at the next petrol station, I said to the teenager behind the counter: “Listen, my mate and I are trying to solve an argument. You wouldn’t happen to know the height of Niagara Falls, would you?”

“Not a bother,” he said, tapping the Google app on his iPhone.

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1. Departure from Dublin with Gary Walker on Henderson, Geoff Hill and Adelaide Insurance Services director Sam Geddis (first right of bike). Please download here:


2. Geoff Hill with Clancy's boots, Adelaide Insurance Services director Sam Geddis and Gary Walker at the Adelaide HQ launch in Belfast. Please download here:


3. The Temperance Inn in Fivemiletown today. Please download here:


4. Clancy and Henderson in Dublin. Please download here:


5. Clancy pics Ireland route map. Please download here:



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