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Lock Up Your Birds – It’s The 66th Skerries 100!

Resting between racesPreparations are almost complete, the ducks and chickens are locked up, the galleries are erected, road have been repaired and the hedges and verges trimmed. The 66th Skerries 100, sponsored by AON Bikecare, is about to begin! The ten-race programme will begin with the practice on Friday 1st July and continue with race day on Saturday 2nd July. Once again, the powerful Suzukis, Hondas, Yamahas and Kawasakis will speed around the Skerries track. And for noise, colour, smoke and entertainment, there are also the classic Nortons, Ducatis and Triumphs, amongst others.

This year’s programme dropped through my letterbox yesterday and it has the complete lineup for all races and many interesting articles. Check out the article on Baldongan Corner (from where this blog hails!) on the last page of the programme. There are three very interesting historical articles by Harry Havelin on Paul Conran, a Skerries winner 50 years ago; the record-making and breaking legend, Stanley Woods, who raced from 1921 to 1939 and Steven Cull, the first 100 m.p.h. lap maker at Skerries.

WheelieThere are also contributions from David “Yomo” Yeomans on his uncle, Jack Greene; Davy Morgan on Davy Morgan; the Martin Finnegan Supporters’ Club and the Devil’s Disciples. Make sure to pick up a copy of the programme when you come to Skerries to find all the information about the races and local businesses. And you just have to get a look at Ollie Grimes’ (Ollie’s Place) tongue! How does he do it?

The Loughshinny Motorcycle Supporters Club has done a great job on preparing the track for this year’s races, with a lot of new galleries erected and safety measures implemented. They have also declared previously open stretches of the track, such as Sam’s Tunnel, prohibited areas. Having sat there through a race a few years ago, this does not surprise me.

The club, in consultation and cooperation with An Garda Siochána, Fingal County Council, Motorcycle Union of Ireland, competitors and local landowners, has placed a lot of emphasis on safety for riders and spectators. Following recent tragedies at Skerries and the Isle of Man, let’s hope these pay off and that there are no injuries this year.

If you are coming to the races, please obey the marshals, be aware of the dangers of motorcycle road racing and act responsibly at all times. If you have small children with you, please keep an eye on them and don’t let them behave dangerously or get into dangerous positions.

Keith Amor

This is a critical time for the local farmers, so please keep away from crops, don’t trespass on private ground and take your litter home with you, or use the facilities provided on the circuit.

With the higher vantage points provided by the galleries this year, I expect that the standard of photographs will be very high. Aon will be running the Best Amateur Photograph again this year, so if you get some good shots, send them in. You can win a luxury hotel break in Ireland for 2 people for 2 nights bed and breakfast and one evening meal.

The Devil’s Disciples are also running a Custom and Classic Bike Show over the same weekend and the usual entertainment will take place in the Man O’War.

And when all the racing is over, why not go down to Skerries town to have a meal, grab a few drinks, watch the sun set over the delightful harbour and share in the fun and entertainment for this great weekend in the Skerries calendar.

And don’t forget, the race isn’t over until the “road closed” car has passed you.

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