The article in CR #197 about the making of the film, The Road Racers, got me thinking – always dangerous for a pensioner… I saw the film on BBC2 when first shown and was inspired to have a go at between the hedges racing before making my MGP debut in 1981.
I entered the Cookstown 100 in the spring of 1981, with an 860 Ducati, held on the Sherrygroom course (seven x seven-mile laps).
The whole experience was unlike anything I had witnessed in the seven years of circuit racing beforehand.
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No formal practise, just two sighting laps, scrutineering in a tent at the top of a slope in what became a muddy field, fantastically helpful and friendly organisers and spectators (remember this was in the time of the ‘troubles’) and a course which had high speed bumpy sections, damp under trees, cow muck crossings, steep climbs and jumps.
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