Of course in my day (Ed: eh?) the term Health and Safety hadn't been invented. Here's a few shots - in colour this time, my favourite Kodachrome - from The Archives. 1979 was the year.
First off we have the local lad, our very own Joey Dunlop, one of the famous (around these parts anyway) Armoy Armada. Road racing was in Joey's blood and there'll be a few more posts about him on this blog in the future. Joey was killed riding in Estonia at the age of 48. Now, remember it's 1979...notice the huge crowds in the background - and the cows aren't very impressed either. Why is it all the greats wore yellow helmets? Ayrton Senna, Joey Dunlop, Lewis Hamilton...there must be a story there somewhere.
|Tom Herron, 1979|
The 1979 race day was a tragic one - known afterwards as 'Black Saturday' since there were a number of fatalities that day. A major crash occurred on the Cromore Road - the course was altered soon after, which removed this long straight section. The Brother and I were standing close by at the time - we often moved along the back roads between races just to get a different vantage point. I wonder what these riders were thinking as they passed the scene..."Thank flip that's not me", I suspect.
|Fatal crash at Cromore Road, 1979|