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

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Grayscale version of this 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.

A You Tube video of the what remains of the circuit today…. Ards TT.

Taken with a little Nikon S-200 7.1 coolpixie,

453 views on this pic which is very complementry.

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ards, lagonda, newtownards, ards tt, co down

Comments

  • oulgundog
    oulgundogalmost 5 years ago

    Thank you to 60 and beyond for reaturing my pic!

  • WildBillPho
    WildBillPhoalmost 5 years ago

    Very nice work!

  • Thanks Bill

    – oulgundog

  • Pastis
    Pastisalmost 5 years ago

    Great image and thanks for sharing the local racing history with us.
    It certainly is a magnificent looking vehicle.

  • Thank you Pastis. When I get ‘time’ I intend to post some others and also the ’North West 200 ’road motor bike races.

    – oulgundog

  • Kieron Nolan
    Kieron Nolanalmost 5 years ago

  • Oh! Man! Thank you.. i’m well chuffed!

    – oulgundog

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtalmost 5 years ago


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

  • Thank you Cee, very nice of you.

    – oulgundog

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtalmost 5 years ago

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

    Your cohosts Cee and Chris

  • Wow! Thanks Cee!

    – oulgundog

  • Finbarr Reilly
    Finbarr Reillyover 4 years ago

    many thanks from
    Tina & Fino

  • Thanks Fino!

    – oulgundog

  • dlhedberg
    dlhedbergalmost 4 years ago

    Cool shot. Like the history about it also.

  • Thank you!!

    – oulgundog

  • Ell-on-Wheels
    Ell-on-Wheelsover 3 years ago

    Please consider submitting this image to Automotive BLING :o))

  • Thank you, I will.

    – oulgundog

  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignover 3 years ago

    Thank you for adding your work to The Best of RedBubble!

  • Thank you.

    – oulgundog

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