Classic Lagonda-Here's lookin' at ya! by oulgundog

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Beautiful vintage Lagonda at Conway Square Newtownards ,18th August 2008. Along with many other vintage classics gathered together to commemorate the Ards TT, first held in 1928. The race was the culmination of much thought and enthusiasm by two men. One was the legendary Harry Ferguson and the other was Wallace McLeod. Wallace was head of the motor engineering school at the Belfast Tech. The men were helped in their dream by the fact that (unlike the rest of the British Isles) the law in Ulster enabled roads to be closed off for motor racing. In 1927 the two men visited a race at Brooklands and persuaded some of the drivers that, if they could find a suitable Ulster road circuit, then they would participate. The venue was found and the six hour race was organised under the auspices of the Royal Automobile Club.

The circuit was in the form of a triangle 13.7 miles in total. The race started at the pits on the Newtownards Road Dundonald , and there still is a little commemorative building at that spot to mark the location. The cars then set off towards Newtownards via Quarry Corner then up and over Bradshaw’s Brae and into Conway Square, Newtownards .
There are still marks on the masonry made by the cars as they clipped the corner into the square, now a pedestrian precinct.
The eventual winner of the first race in 1928 was Kaye Don ’s Lea Francis.
At its peak the Ards TT attracted over a half a million spectators.
The Ards TT race continued very successfully each year until 1936 when one of the competing cars crashed at Newtownards killing eight spectators and injuring 40 others. The Ards TT was never held again.

Ards TT

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Taken with a little Nikon S-200 7.1 coolpixie

Comments

  • WildBillPho
    WildBillPhoabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful shot!

  • Thank you, classy subject!

    – oulgundog

  • AliceDoodles
    AliceDoodlesover 4 years ago


    Ground transportation vehicles built prior to and including 1949
    Your cohosts Cee and Chris

  • Thank you Chris.

    – oulgundog

  • AliceDoodles
    AliceDoodlesover 4 years ago

    Congratulations!!! You have been featured in 49er With Wheels group.

    Your cohosts Cee and Chris

  • Wow thank you !!

    – oulgundog

  • doug hunwick
    doug hunwickover 4 years ago

    those chrome teeth are gleeming,good shot

  • Thanks Doug!

    – oulgundog

  • RichardKlos
    RichardKlosover 4 years ago

    Excellent capture !!

  • Thank you Richard.

    – oulgundog

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 4 years ago

    Congratulations!!! You are the WINNER in the Headlights – ground transportation prior to 1950 challenge in the 49ers With Wheels group.
    You are now a featured artist!!! :D :D

  • Holy smoke I didn’t expect that ! I thought the other entries were too good! Thank you!

    – oulgundog

  • Ann J. Sagel
    Ann J. Sagelover 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your winner. Well done.

  • Thank you Ann, I’m in shock!

    – oulgundog

  • MissyD
    MissyDover 4 years ago

    Congrats on your challenge win!

  • thank you Miss D!

    – oulgundog

  • Rene Hales
    Rene Halesover 3 years ago

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 3 years ago

    Congratulations!! You are a TOP TEN Winner of the Challenge 14 – Headlights (transportation prior to 1950) in the 49er with Wheels – ground transportation prior to 1950 group.

  • Wow ! thank you to everyone who voted!

    – oulgundog

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