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Enniskillen 100 Revival gets its starter's orders this Saturday

Published: 22 Aug 2012 11:00

The years will roll back as a nostalgic event, the Enniskillen 100 Revival at St. Angelo airfield gets its starter's orders this weekend.

A keen motorcycling enthusiast over the years, Mervyn Dane is among those looking forward to the Enniskillen 100 Revival event.

Sixty years have passed since the activity was last held and this Saturday's event has been brought about by Fermanagh District Council to mark the revival of the Eniskillen 100 road races, a popular past event on the Irish road racing calendar. The original Enniskillen road races first took place in 1929, the same year as the First NW200. The course ran from Mossfield-Sydare-Ballinamallard, not far from Enniskillen town.

Like all the great road races, many top riders graced the circuit, including Malcolm Templeton, George Brockerton, Artie Bell,  Louis Carter (lap record holder at 86.54mph) Rob Fitton, and locals including Fonzie McGovern.

Nostalgia is the theme for the Enniskillen 100 Revival and with riders such as Ray McCullough, Adrian Craig, Trevor Steele, Michael McGarrity and Brian Hewitt all taking part, it promises to be a unique venture.

An array of motorbikes will be running demonstration laps on the one mile circuit laid out on Enniskillen Airport. Among them will be a 500cc Triumph which was raced at the original Enniskillen 100 and now belongs to former grass track and solo road race champion, Gordon Bell. This machine, which was raced at Enniskillen by Gordon's father George, will create a lot of interest. Sidecars will be taking part in the action and also on show will be memorabilia from the old Enniskillen 100 Races.

Historic and Classic cars and more modern racers will also be running on the circuit and there will be a great selection of bikes and cars on show in the static displays. A family friendly event, gates will open at 11.30am. Further Information can be obtained from Eddie McGovern, Fermanagh District Council.

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