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Beautiful 1934? Riley Lynx at the Ards TT Commemoration August 2008. Riley had their ups and downs over the years .. here is the abridged Wiki version..Riley


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
Taken with a little Nikon S-200

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  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 4 years ago


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

  • Thank you Cee!

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  • peterellison
    peterellisonover 4 years ago

    Great image, great car and great information on the history of the Ards TT race!
    Thank you for sharing it all.
    Peter.

  • Thanks Peter.

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  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganover 4 years ago

    many thanks from
    Tina & Fino

  • Thanks Tina.

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  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 4 years ago

    Classic beauty! Wonderful.

  • Just like your lovely self Sheila!

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  • © Andrzej Goszcz,M.D. Ph.D
    © Andrzej Gosz...almost 3 years ago

    All my love :)
    thank you so much :)

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